Lifeline Screening is a wellness company that is privately operated with a full range of preventative health screenings for cardiovascular areas. Another area they can focus on is finger blood stick tests using the smallest amount of blood to detect problems.
Some of the cardiovascular problem areas this screening can include high cholesterol that may not have overt symptoms, but at the same time may be doing internal harm to both the body and blood vessels over a number of years. The screening may also detect irregular heartbeats, peripheral arterial disease, and aortic aneurysms. The screening methods that are used along with finger stick blood include blood tests, EKG’s, and ultrasounds. There is also screening for bone density and carotid artery disease.
Preparing for Screening
Prior to the screening, there are suggestions for comfort and some that should be avoided to ensure the screening results are accurate.
• Loose fitting clothing should be worn that are comfortable.
• Though pantyhose or long stockings should be avoided.
• Jewelry that isn’t necessary which generally means other than wedding sets should not be worn.
• Watches should not be worn and cell phones should be shut off. Cell phones can affect the equipment.
• Shoes should be easy to remove.
• Lotion and creams should not be applied to the skin prior to screening.
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Depending on the type of screening being done further information may be provided to prepare for the testing. This may be fasting for at least four hours prior to aortic aneurysm screening or if having a complete lipid panel tests the directions to prepare will be too fast for at least eight hours. Fasting is important with certain screening to ensure the results are accurate.
The screening types are painless with most focusing on ultrasound and EKG’s such as the aortic aneurysm screening that is done using an ultrasound. The carotid artery testing is done by using the blood flow in the neck and is painless. EKG’s are done by placing electrodes on the chest, wrists, and ankles and while painless this test can find specific kinds of cardiovascular issues. When having a peripheral arterial disease test done pressure cuffs will be placed on the ankle to measure the systolic blood pressure in the lower limbs. These screening types according to crunchbase.com are fast and yet can alert the person having them done to potential problems that can adversely affect their health or can detect issues that require immediate attention.
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