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6 Health Check-ups that Can Save Your Life

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6 Health Check-ups that Can Save Your Life


Health is a recurring concern for everyone, as they get older. Thankfully, medical technology has advanced not only to help olderpeople stay strong and healthy but also to live longer. Certain routine tests that take no more than a few minutes are effective in detecting any problem in its initial stages. But what are those tests?

Health Screening Clinic located on Harley Street in Marylebone, London provides an extensive range of private health checks using cutting-edge technology at a reasonable price.

Essential health checks for older people

AAA Screening

  • This screening detects any swelling or bulge in the aorta.
  • The test involves an ultrasound ofthe stomach and the procedure is fast and painless.
  • The aorta is the principal blood vessel in your body that carries fresh blood from the heart to otherbody parts. If there’s a swelling in the aorta that is left untreated, it grows bigger in size and can burst leading to to a life-threatening situation.

Why the test is necessary?

  • In the UK the test is usually recommended formen from their 65th birthday onward. However, you can ask your doctor for an AAA screening earlier if you’re worried about it.

Blood pressure check

  • The force that the blood exerts on the arterial walls is called blood pressure. High blood pressure weakens the heart as well as raises your chances of developing stroke, heart ailments and kidney problems.
  • The test is fast and painless; usually a practice nurse fits a cuff around your upper arm and inflates it until it becomes tight to record the blood pressure.

Why the test is necessary?

  • It is one of the most important tests because 30% of adults in the UK suffer from high blood pressure but remain unaware ofit because the problem has no apparent symptoms.

Bowel cancer screening

  • This health check up isn’t meant to diagnose cancer but it detects probable problems before the onset of symptoms.
  • You get a FOBt or Faecal Occult Blood test kit to collect your stool samples over a number of days. It is then sent to the lab for analysis.
  • The test is recommended to both men and women between 60 and 74 years. A test every 2 years is enough to detect any sign of bowel cancerdeveloping.

Why the test is necessary?

  • Bowel cancer is one of the major types of cancer in the UK. The earlier it is detected, the easier it is to treat and the greater the chanceof survival.

Breast Screening

  • Breast cancer surgeons in London are of the opinion that routine breast screening is the best way picking up the early signs of breast cancer.
     
  • The screening involves taking X-ray of each breast. Each breast is placed on the X-ray machine in turn and gently but firmly compressed using a clear plate. The procedure lasts just a few seconds.

Why the test is necessary?

  • Breast screening is important because 1 out of every 8 women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer in herlife. The NHS suggests every woman between 47 and 73 years of age should undergo this screening programme once in every 3 years. The result of the screening is delivered within 2 weeks.

Cervical Screening

  • Cervical screening is a procedure designed to detectcervical cancer. The procedure is quite simple. The doctor or the practice nurse inserts a speculum into the vagina. Then a tiny brush is swept around the cervix to collect samples that aresent to the lab for analysis.

Why the test is necessary?

  • Cervical cancer screening is important because almost 3,000 cases of this type of cancer are detected in the UK every year.
  • Every woman aged between 25 and 64 is entitled to a free cervical screening every 3 to 5 years.

NHS Health Check

  • This is a free screening of your overall health and reveals if you’re at higher risk of developing certain health-related issues like diabetes, heart ailments, stroke, kidney problems and others. The medical checkup lasts anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes.
     
  • You’ll be asked some questions related to your family medical history and lifestyle. Your height, weight and blood pressure will also be measured followed by a finger prick blood test.
     
  • Based on the overall analysis of the test, you’ll know what your chances are of developing certain chronic problems like diabetes, stroke, heart disease and kidney issues. People above 65 are also screened for the chances of developing dementia. Finally you will get advice on lowering your risks.

Apart from the screenings mentioned, other full body health check up are available. Discuss with your GP which tests are appropriate for you.

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