Heath screenings can provide you with peace of mind and put you on the right track to begin taking control of your health. Lifeline makes health screening as easy as possible, and most of their screenings require little to no preparation, but what should you expect during this process?
Lifeline offers three types of screenings; ultrasound screenings, finger-stick blood screenings, and limited electrocardiograph screenings.
Ultrasound screenings use sound waves to create images of structures in the body. Many people are familiar with it being used to see the growth of a fetus, but it is also used in cardiology. Lifeline Screening uses ultrasounds for:
• Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
• Carotid artery disease screening
• Ankle-brachial index screening (for peripheral arterial disease)
• Bone mineral density screening (for osteoporosis risk)
If you are preparing for an ultrasound, remember to wear a comfortable, loose two-piece outfit. Wear a short-sleeved shirt or blouse, and do not wear pantyhose.
When preparing for an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, you should fast for 4 hours prior to the appointment. Make sure the meal you eat 4 hours prior is light. You are allowed to have 1/2 cup of coffee/tea and water.
Finger-stick Blood Screenings
Certain risk factors for heart disease and diabetes are identified through a simple finger-stick blood screening. A few drops of blood are taken by pricking the soft-pad of the finger. The following screenings are done using this method:
• Lipid panel screening
• Glucose screening
• High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) screening
• Elevated liver enzymes screening
To prepare for the lipid panel and glucose screenings, you should fast for 8 hours prior. No preparation is required for the high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and elevated liver enzymes screening.
Electrocardiograph (EKG) Screenings
Atrial fibrillation is a common heart condition that is detected using an EKG. This screening is non-invasive, and no additional preparation is required.
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