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Be Proactive About Health Screenings

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 15, 2017 11:10:26 AM

For less than $100, you could learn crucial information about the status of your heart, colon, lungs, and other body systems. Johnson Memorial Health offers a wide variety of low-cost preventive screenings to help people be proactive about health.

Here’s some helpful information about how preventive screenings work, and who should receive them.

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Heart Scan

This $79 test is safe, painless, and effective at early detection. It alerts you to buildup of calcium in the coronary arteries, which is the most common cause of heart disease.

The procedure is non-invasive and takes just 15 minutes in the Imaging department at Johnson Memorial Hospital. Results are reviewed by a radiologist, and you’ll receive them while you’re there.

People with very low risk of heart attack, like those under age 40 who don’t smoke and don’t have a family history of heart disease, probably don’t need a heart scan. Also, people with known heart issues aren’t good candidates because the test won’t reveal new information.

People who have the following characteristics benefit most from heart scans:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Over age 40
  • Overweight or obese
  • Smoker

Lipid Profile/Cardiac Risk Assessment

This is another test that can determine your risk of heart disease. If you have a family history, it’s a good idea to have a lipid profile, also called a lipid panel, and cardiac risk assessment.

These screenings are performed at the Johnson Memorial Immediate Care Center/Primary Care Center in Franklin and cost $25.

Blood Pressure Check

Concerned about your blood pressure? Tracking it over time is a key part of preventive health care. The Johnson Memorial Immediate Care Center in Franklin provides free walk-in blood pressure checks.

Lung Scan

Early detection is essential for surviving lung cancer. The $99 lung screening at Johnson Memorial Health uses a low-dose CT scan to detect early warning signs.

Multiple images are taken of the lungs at various angles. Radiation exposure is low, and it’s painless and done within 15 minutes.

Annual lung scans are recommended for people who:

  • Have smoked heavily (1 pack/day) for 30+ years
  • Smoked or have quit within the past 15 years
  • Are between 55 and 80 years old

Colorectal Screening

Colorectal cancer usually develops from precancerous polyps, which can be detected through a screening. The test can also signal that polyps have become cancerous. It’s usually covered by insurance and costs $0 out of pocket.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that everyone age 50 to 75 be screened for colorectal cancer annually, and those age 76 to 85 ask their doctor if they should be screened.

Vein Screening

A vein reflux screening uses an ultrasound machine to see under the skin. It takes about 10 minutes and shows valve function, direction/speed of blood flow, and vein size.

A limited number of these free screenings are available each month at the Wound Healing Center by appointment. Good candidates include people with:

  • Painful, swollen, or easily-fatigued legs
  • Changes in leg skin
  • Bulging or rope-like veins
  • Leg ulcers
  • A family history of varicose veins
  • A lifestyle with long periods of standing
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Lack of exercise

Wellness and Nutrition Options

Johnson Memorial's Weight Loss and Wellness Center offers a variety of sessions, individually and with groups, that can help you address nutrition and weight loss issues. The cost ranges from $150 to $200 total for 4 to 6 sessions and can be arranged by appointment.

If you’re curious about surgical weight loss, click here to learn more about assessments, education, and support groups.

You can also sign up for The Dinner Daily program, which is $4 to $6 per month and provides healthy menus, shopping lists, and coupons.  

The Power of Being Proactive

When you’re proactive about health screenings and preventive care, you’re taking a big step toward lifelong health.

Click here to reach out to Johnson Memorial Health. We’ll help you schedule a screening, review payment, and discuss any questions you may have.

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