Advances in modern medicine make it easier than ever before to be preemptive when it comes to our health. Lifeline Screening is one of the leading providers of preventative health screenings in the United States and the United Kingdom. Lifeline Screening offers painless ultrasound, EKG and blood panels that are vital when it comes to detecting life-threatening diseases before they become detrimental to one’s health.
Carotid Artery Screening
Carotid artery screenings use ultrasound technology to measure plaque buildup in arteries. Plaque buildup is the leading cause of strokes. Patients should wear short sleeve shirts that are open at the collar. Turtlenecks should not be worn.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
An abdominal aortic aneurysm happens when the lower part of the aorta weakens or bulges. The screening process involves an ultrasound that detects aneurysms which could lead to a ruptured aortic artery. Comfortable, two-piece outfits should be worn to the screening. Patients will be required to fast for the four hours leading up to the procedure. Any meals eaten prior to the fasting period should be light. Doctors recommend eating half of what a patient would normally consume per meal. A half cup of coffee or tea is permissible during the fasting period.
Atrial Fibrillation Screening
A simple Electrocardiogram can detect an irregular heartbeat. An irregular heartbeat can raise the risk of a stroke but as much as five times. Patients should wear a loose-fitting, two-piece outfit. Watches and cellphone should be left at home, and pantyhose should not be worn. Patients should also refrain from wearing moisturizers on their skin.
Bone mineral Density Screening
Detecting osteoporosis early is vital to protecting bone health. Lifeline Screening takes a measurement of the heel bone to determine bone mass density with use of ultrasound technology. Patients should not wear pantyhose the day of the screening.
Type Two Diabetes Screening
Prediabetes and type two diabetes can both be diagnosed from the results of a glucose blood test. Patients will be required to fast for eight hours prior to the appointment.