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Date:6/18/2010

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  • Every male over age 18 should have his blood pressure checked at least once a year.
  • Men who report a hearing problem or work in a high-noise environment should have their hearing checked.
  • Cholesterol screening should be conducted on men aged 20 to 35 with cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes. Men over age 35 should be screened once every five years if the results are normal, and more often if they have borderline levels.
  • Men aged 50 or older should get annual PSA tests and digital rectal exams.
  • Ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm -- an unusual swelling in a blood vessel of the body's largest artery -- should be done on men aged 65 to 75 who have ever smoked. If detected before it ruptures and causes life-threatening bleeding, it can be repaired.
  • Michelfelder also screens men for smoking, depression and alcohol abuse. He advises them to control their weight, get enough exercise and avoid risky sexual behavior.

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    The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers health tips for men.



    -- Robert Preidt



    SOURCE: Loyola University Health System, June 14, 2010, news release.


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