Your health is something that you do not want to take for granted. When you are feeling well, you often think there is no need for any medical attention. Your wellness should be a high priority for yourself and your family. You may find that you concentrate on doing your best to eat good foods and participate in some type of exercise, and feel that you have hit the mark. Those are great things to be actively thinking about and doing; however, there are other items you want to consider as well. It is important that you work with a health care professional and are involved in a health diagnostic screening process. There are various tests that can help you to maintain your health, and possibly result in early detection, if an issue arises.
Top Health Screenings
• Echocardiography is a painless test that uses sound waves to explore your heart. It will take a picture of the chambers, valves and other areas of your heart to confirm that all is in good working order. There is no radiation involved in this test and a small device is put on your skin that takes the pictures.
• Complete Blood Count, or CBC, is a test that measures red blood cells, white blood cells, and iron. This is involves having blood drawn and then sending it to a lab to be reviewed. This information can help to isolate and diagnose conditions such as anemia and infections.
• Prothrombin Time (PT) is a blood test that measures the time it takes your blood to clot. If you are taking a blood thinner it is important to know this, so your medication can be regulated correctly.
• Electrocardiogram (EKG) is an additional heart test that shows how your heart is actually beating. You will have electrodes attached to you and a machine will monitor this as you walk or run on a treadmill. The data will help a doctor see if your heart is beating too slow or fast, or if you have conditions that may lead to a heart attack.
• Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA Test) measures the amount of prostrate that is made in a man’s prostate gland. A high level may be a sign of cancer.
• Bone Density Scan is a type of x-ray that will measure bone loss. It is not uncommon for bones to thin with age; however, certain illness or medications may pick up the pace in this area. This screen will allow you to monitor what is happening and make appropriate adjustments in medication or increase weight bearing activities.
• Colonoscopy is a procedure that evaluates the health of your colon. This is something that you typically begin after age 50. This is helpful in finding colon cancer, swelling, ulcers, and other issues.
• Mammograms are an important health screening for women, typically beginning at age 40. This is an x-ray process that will evaluate the breast tissue and look for abnormalities and lumps. This procedure can help to catch breast cancer at an early stage and allow treatment to start early, which can save lives.
There are additional screenings that you will want to consider as well such as; vision, hearing, dental, blood pressure, blood glucose, and others. You don’t want to let this overwhelm you. Many of these can be done while you are at an annual physical with your doctor. There are also community programs that offer convenient and low costhealth diagnostic screenings. Time and schedules are often a challenge for people and a number of these can be done at community health fairs or at the work place. Be aware of the opportunities that you have, and take advantage of them, to stay on top of your health!