Do I need to fast before my screening?
Yes. The Check It! screening includes a lipid panel, a blood test that measures cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). In order to receive the most accurate results, you need to avoid eating for 8 hours before you have this blood test. You may drink water and take medicines your doctor prescribed during that 8 hour fast.
I had a complete physical at my doctor’s office recently. Are the lab tests done at the Check It! screening the same as those done at my physical?
Possibly. If you have recently had a physical, you should check with your doctor’s office to see which lab tests were included.
What is an ABI?
ABI stands for Ankle Brachial Index. This test is a noninvasive way to check an individual’s risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition in which the arteries in your legs or arms are narrowed or blocked. Your ABI is calculated by dividing the blood pressure measured at your ankle by the blood pressure measured at your arm. A low ankle-brachial index number can indicate PAD, which can lead to circulatory problems, heart disease, stroke or leg pain.
Does the Check It! screening include a carotid artery scan?
No. BCH practices evidence-based medicine and currently there is no data to support the use of a limited ultrasound of the carotid artery as an effective screening tool.
What is a BMI calculation?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated using a person's weight and height. Your individual BMI provides a way to estimate the effect of weight on your health. The higher your BMI, the greater the risk of developing some diseases, including high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, some cancers, and type 2 diabetes.
Are all the tests in the Check It! screening covered by my insurance?
Please check with your individual health care plan to determine which tests may be covered by your insurance plan.