Periodic health screenings are one of the most effective ways to stay healthy. These important check-ups allow people to learn more about the warning signs that could signal a very serious hidden health condition. With early detection techniques, the physicians and staff at Hopedale Medical Complex are better able to use preventative measures and treatments to help you avoid serious health problems in the future, such as a heart attack or stroke. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, so contact Hopedale Medical Complex today to take advantage of our numerous screening options, which include screenings for:
Why test for diabetes?
Millions of people have diabetes and don’t know it. With early detection and treatment, however, the more likely it is that the serious health consequences of diabetes can be prevented or delayed.
You should be tested if any of the following apply to you:
- Dyslipidemia (high cholesterol)
- Obesity (a body mass index greater than or equal to 30kg/m2)
- Previous identification of an elevated impaired fasting glucose or glucose intolerance
- Overweight (a body mass index greater than 25 but less than 30kg/m2)
- Family history of diabetes (first degree relatives)
- Age 45 or older
- Sedentary lifestyle (no physical activity)
- A history of gestational diabetes mellitus, or delivery of a baby weighing greater than 9 pounds
- Member of a high risk ethnic population: African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian American or Pacific Islander
- Previously identified pre-diabetes
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- History of Vascular Disease
Join us for our next FREE Cholesterol Screening on Friday, May 31st!. Screenings are located in the Wellness Center Gymnasium. Fasting prior to screening will provide the best results. The screening is a complete lipid profile (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglycerides) and glucose. Call 309-449-4500 for more information. Make sure you make it out May 31st, because our next FREE Cholesterol Screening won’t happen until Wednesday, July 10th!
If you’re not sure what your blood pressure is or why it matters, schedule a blood pressure screening today. Blood pressure is one of the most important screenings because high blood pressure has no symptoms so can’t be detected without being measured. High blood pressure greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast, which is used to detect and diagnose breast diseases. There are two different types of mammograms. The most common is a screening mammogram, which is used to detect small growths in the breast even before they can be felt. Screening mammograms can be scheduled without a doctor’s order if you are 40 or older.
Learn more about Mammography at HMC
If you are an adult over the age of 50 without an increased risk of colorectal cancer, it is recommended that you receive a colonoscopy at least every 10 years. A colonoscopy is the examination of the large and small bowel using a camera on a flexible tube passed through the anus. Hopedale Medical Complex offers both regular and virtual colonoscopies, which do not require the use of a camera.
At HMC we are dedicated to providing excellent treatment of respiratory and related allergy disorders.
Learn more about Allergy Screening at HMC
PAD screens use simple blood pressure measurements at the arm and the ankle to evaluate the blood flow in the leg arteries. Significant blockages in a leg artery can cause pain in the leg after a short distance of walking.
AAA screens use ultrasound technology to measure the size of the abdominal aorta to determine if the vessel is enlarged. If enlarged it is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm or AAA. This is a potentially life threatening condition if not treated often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because there are usually no symptoms prior to a rupture of the vessel.
Stroke Screens evaluate plaque buildup in the carotid arteries located on each side of the neck. Stroke screenings are performed using ultrasound technology to directly image the vessel and measure the blood flow velocity to determine if there is narrowing of the carotid artery restricting blood flow to the brain.
Learn more about Stroke Screenings at HMC
Bone density scans, which are produced with X-rays or CT technology, measure bone content, mass and strength. This testing procedure is primarily used to diagnose osteoporosis—a disease in which there is loss of bone mass and destruction of bone tissue that can increase the risk of fracture, particularly among the elderly.
Learn more about Diagnostic Radiology at HMC