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HealthSmart Screening offers simple blood screening tests that identify important risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. These tests are conducted with a single finger-stick and a few drops of blood from the finger. All blood screenings require 8 hours fasting.



 

Glucose Screen


This test is used to evaluate blood sugar levels to screen for diabetes. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease are strongly linked. Take a look at the facts.


  • 2 out of 3 people with Diabetes die from heart disease and stroke
  • Diabetics have heart disease death rates and stroke rates 2 to 4 times higher than        adults without diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association has published the following categories in assessing diabetes risk and recommends a glucose test every 3 years starting at 45. .


Fasting Glucose

Category

< 100 mg/dL

Normal

100-125 mg/dL

Pre-diabetes

= 126 mg/dL

Diabetes


For more informatino on Diabetes please visit the American Diabetes Association website.


 

Complete Lipid Screen


This is a complete cholesterol test and includes the measurement of the following four types of lipids in your blood.


Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. This is sometimes called the "bad" cholesterol. Too much of it in your blood causes the accumulation of fatty deposits (plaques) in your arteries (atherosclerosis), which reduces blood flow. These plaques sometimes rupture and lead to major heart and vascular problems. In addition, in people with diabetes and in people who are at high risk of heart disease, LDL cholesterol particles tend to be smaller and denser. These smaller, denser particles can cause greater damage to blood vessels than can the cholesterol particles found in people at lower risk of heart disease and in those without diabetes.

 

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. This is sometimes called the "good" cholesterol because it helps carry away LDL cholesterol, thus keeping arteries open and your blood flowing more freely.

 

Triglycerides. Triglycerides are another type of fat in the blood. When you eat, your body converts any calories it doesn't need to use right away into triglycerides, which are stored in fat cells and released later for energy. High triglyceride levels usually mean you regularly eat more calories than you burn. High levels are also seen in overweight people, in those consuming too many sweets or too much alcohol, and in people with diabetes who have elevated blood sugar levels.

 

Total cholesterol. This is a sum of your blood's cholesterol content.


The National Cholesterol Education Proram (NCEP) reccommends the following screening frequencies:


  • every 5 years in asymptomatic adults starting at age 20
  • every 1-2 years in patients with cardiovascular disease or abnormal lipid profiles
  • every 6 weeks for those on cholesterol lowering medication until lipid goals are met and every 4-6 months thereafter

Complete lipid screening results should be interpreted using the following general guidelines:


LDL Cholesterol

Category

< 100 mg/dL

Optimal

100-129 mg/dL

Near optimal/above optimal

130-159 mg/dL

Borderline high

160-189 mg/dL

High

= 190 mg/dL

Very High



HDL Cholesterol

Category

= 40 mg/dL

Low

= 60 mg/dL

High (desirable)



Triglycerides

Category

< 150 mg/dL

Normal

150-199 mg/dL

Borderline high

200-499 mg/dL

High

= 500 mg/dL

Very high



Total Cholesterol

Category

< 200 mg/dL

Desirable

200-239 mg/dL

Borderline high

= 240 mg/dL

High



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