June Wellness Screening Set for 28th

posted on Monday, June 19, 2017 in General

Find out your health status and take charge of your good health at one of Spencer Hospital’s low-cost Comprehensive Wellness Screening. Appointments are being taken now for the next screening date set for Wednesday, June 28th.

“For just a few minutes of time and the low cost of $50, you can determine if you have health risks and how to improve your health condition through having a comprehensive LiveWell health screening,” commented Susan Zulk, Spencer Hospital spokesperson.

LiveWell health screenings appointments are available between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m., offered in the early morning hours as 12 hours of fasting is required for optimal testing. To schedule an appointment, please call (712) 264-6636.

In addition to a comprehensive report from laboratory testing, participants will also learn about their metabolic health. A person is considered to have metabolic syndrome when three out of five specific metabolic abnormalities are present. These conditions – high blood pressure, low HDL which is good cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood sugar and excessive body fat around the waistline (40 or more inches for men; 35 inches or greater for women) – can lead to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, particularly when three or more are present. However, diligent lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious health conditions.

“Knowing your health status as well as your personal health risks is a good start to taking charge of your good health,” explained nurse educator Joyce Tewes. “In addition to providing you with a personal health assessment, we also arm you with information on how you can make lifestyle adjustments to improve your health.”

Several optional tests can be added at the request of the patient including the following:

  • TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Test) for an additional $10;
  • PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigent Test) for $25 to screen for prostate cancer in men;
  • Fecal occult blood test for an additional $5 which is a take-home testing kit to help detect symptoms of colorectal cancer. 
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