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Medical Health Screening

Here at Park Court Medical Clinic we are not here to replace your GP in looking after your overall health and wellbeing but in fact to help compliment what they do with early screening and detection of disease.

Our medical health checks give us the opportunity to spend that added valued time with each of our patients to help pick up disease or identify any risk factors for disease before symptoms develop.

The process

The health check comprises of a medical health questionnaire together with a doctors medical examination. To help build up a true picture of health we will further assess you BMI (Body Mass Index), body fat percentage, basal metabolic rate and total body water.

We will assess your heart with an ECG to look for any arrythmia and other heart conditions. And also check your lung function by using a spirometry, giving you an accurate idea of your actual heart and lung age. We will check your vision. Assess your neurological state and an abdominal check together with a pelvic examination, if required.

An ECG will look at the health of your heart and help pick up any abnormal heart arrhythmia and heart conditions, and a Spirometry test will check your lung function, and a full visual and hearing assessment.

We will perform a range of blood tests to check for cholesterol triglycerides LDL HDL, diabetes kidney function, thyroid disease, liver function and bone profiles. This test can also indicate whether you may have familial hypercholesterolaemia which can be treated and lessen your risk of heart disease.

We can check to exclude any clotting disorders and blood cancers such as leukaemia, and will check the level of nutrients in your body, picking up any nutritional deficiencies, such as a lack of iron (also known as iron deficiency anaemia).

At a supplement we can check your PSA to look at the health of the prostrate and CA125 to pick up early signs of ovarian cancer. We can also offer bowel screening to help identify early signs of possible bowel cancer.

We will finish by providing you with a personalised health report giving you an accurate reflection of your overall health and provide you with a full risk assessment and recommendations to help improve the outcome of your health. With consent we will share the findings with your GP and offer any referrals to our specialists if needed.

 

For more information book a consultation today to discuss all treatment options and to identify the best solution for you to achieve optimum results

FAQs

Why do I need health screening?

Early detection of disease such as heart and lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, to name just a few can help improve patient outcomes in the long term.

How common is coronary heart disease?

2.6 million people in the UK suffer with coronary heart disease with as many as 70,000 deaths occurring each year, making it the single biggest killer in the UK. South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi) people are at an even higher risk of developing heart disease. And there is a 40% higher change of mortality in men and 51% in women; a significantly higher proportion than the rest of the population.

What causes coronary heart disease?

There are a number of things that cause coronary heart disease, medically things such as Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity and then behavioural things such as smoking, having a poor diet, physical inactivity and alcohol consumption. Often risk comes from a mixture of both.

What is Type 2 Diabetes and how common is it?

Type 2 Diabetes is a key disease factor leading to long term chronic illness. With the number of people with diabetes in the UK now reaching 4 million with a 65% increase over the last decade, diabetes is set to rocket. It is also estimated that there are almost 549,000 people with diabetes who have not been diagnosed.

What are the complications of Diabetes?

With increasing number of diabetes related complications and deaths over the past 10 years many people with diabetes are unaware of the slow and progressive complications that affect almost every organ in the body such as blindness, kidney disease heart disease and neuropathy in your feet; making health screening a vital role in its diagnosis.

How common is high blood pressure?

Almost 30% of women and 32% of men have high blood pressure making you three times more likely to develop heart disease and stroke. More than one third of people with high blood pressure will not even know they have it, making health screening a vital role in its diagnosis.

What is high cholesterol?

High cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for getting heart disease and almost half of all adults in the uk have raised cholesterol. By directly lowering your cholesterol you can directly reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, although this will however vary from individual to individual.

What is familial hypercholesterolaemia?

Familial hypercholesterolaemia is a condition where you have significantly raised cholesterol levels which increases your chances of developing heart disease.

What other factors affect heart disease?

We know that most of these diseases are often related to out lifestyles; often our busy lives at work and home prevents us from really taking time out to look after ourselves. Eating on the go, skipping meals, snacking on biscuits and crisps, smoking alcohol and getting less exercise are all common themes to adding to our risk of cardiovascular disease. Thus having regular health screenings are a vital role in preventing this.

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