If you are battling high triglycerides or high cholesterol or if you want to know if your triglycerides are high, take advantage of the low cost and sometimes even FREE cardiovascular screening that you will frequently see advertised in your city.
This screening helps to evaluate your risk for having a heart attack or other vascular diseases that could lead to problems such as high blood pressure, strokes, and heart failure. The screening usually includes the following:
- A full lipid panel blood test
- Blood sugar test
- Blood pressure check
- Circulation test of the legs
- A measure of your BMI, or body mass index
- A measure of your waist:hip ratio
- An exercise evaluation
The full lipid panel will test for
- LDL cholesterol
- HDL cholesterol
- Total Cholesterol
To prepare for the test, you will need to eat or drink nothing but water after midnight before the test. A small sample of blood will be taken.
You will want to wear loose clothing so you can lift your shirt easily for measurements to be taken and so you can push your sleeve up easily for your blood pressure measurement. Wear comfortable shoes for the exercise portion of the test.
You will probably receive a packet of very helpful information that will help you manage your heart and vascular health. Take advantage of this and read through it all. Knowledge really is power when it comes to your health.
Often times you will receive the results as a part of the screening. A nurse will go over the results with you and give you any information you need for problems that may be discovered or perhaps ways you can prevent future problems.
How often you should get the screening really depends on several things, such as your current state of health, your personal health history, your lifestyle and your family history. It’s a good idea to talk with your doctor as to how often you should get screened.
To find out when the screenings are held, you could watch your local paper, check your area healthcare facilities’ websites or call your health care provider.
These screenings are held a couple of times per month. Often the results are shared with your health care professional. Getting regular screening for your cholesterol and triglyceride levels is an excellent way to take control of your health.