Q. Why should I have health screenings done if I have no symptoms?
A. Many times the warnings your body gives you arrive too late. For example, more than 50% of the individuals who have a stroke show no symptoms prior to the attack. A significant majority of individuals who have an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) also exhibit no symptoms. A ruptured AAA results in death more than 80% of the time. Osteoporosis is also a disease that can potentially be detected, treated and in some cases prevented before its symptoms occur. Therefore, in order to potentially avoid serious health issues it is important to have a preventative health screening to identify problems before symptoms arise.
Q. Why can't my physician conduct preventative health screenings?
A. Usually physicians are unable to order diagnostic tests as preventative measures. Most insurance companies do not cover preventive health screenings. As a result, physicians will only order tests if you are experiencing symptoms. HealthSmart's preventative health screenings are designed to identify at risk individuals before significant health issues arise.
Q. How often should I have preventative health screenings?
A. It depends on your risk factors (age, family history, lifestyle, etc.) as well as the results of your screenings. Many people decide to have preventative health screenings once a year.
Q. How long does it take to have the screenings done?
A. Each of our preventative health screenings takes less than ten minutes, however, if you are having all of our screenings, we recommend that you plan on about an hour.
Q. When will I receive my results?
A. If a life threatening condition is identified, we will notify you the day of the screening. Otherwise, your results will be sent on for processing and mailing. You should receive your results in approximately 3 weeks.
Q. What if a potential problem is identified?
A. If there is an abnormal finding, you will receive documentation of our findings along with a letter advising you to follow-up with your physician.
Q. Who reads the health screenings?
A. HealthSmart's preventative health screenings are interpreted by board-certified physicians.
Q. What if I have a pacemaker?
A. Pacemakers do not interfere with the screenings.
Q. What about insurance coverage?
A. Medicare does not currently cover preventative health screenings. Private health insurance benefits vary from policy to policy. We will provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company along with a copy of your results to determine your individual coverage.