Lifeline Screening is a company that offers stand-alone medical screening at discounted pricing for individuals and employees. The tests are those who can uncover medical problems that an individual may not be aware of, but when found can be remedied by alerting the individual and his or her doctor.
The equipment that is used for the screenings is found in hospitals and testing facilities, but not normally in doctor’s offices. For the many people who seldom go to the doctor, even for checkups, the screenings are very important as they can uncover health problems that an individual may not know even exist.
There are three kinds of Life Line Screening tests, the first being ultrasound. This is a similar test that is akin to what a pregnant mother would have done to determine whether she is going to have a boy or a girl. Sound waves are directed at the body which then shows on the screen the internal organs in a real-life view. With this test, it can be seen if arteries are clogged, and the bone density can be checked which is an indicator for osteoporosis.
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The second test is a finger-stick blood sample where a few drops are obtained by a prick on the fatty part of a finger. With this small amount of blood, a full lipid blood panel can be obtained that checks the cholesterol levels, both HDL and LDL, the good and bad cholesterol. Glucose levels are also obtained which serves to monitor if a person is diabetic. Certain proteins are monitored to see if there is any possibility of heart disease or cardiac issues and liver enzyme levels are checked to see if there is any liver disease.
The third screening is a limited electrocardiograph which primarily checks for atrial fibrillation or an irregular heartbeat. This is also called A-Fib, and it can be dangerous because when people have A-Fib blood clots tend to be formed, which cause strokes. This is information that an individual’s doctor needs to know right away.
All of these Life Line Screening are very non-invasive and are very easy to perform. The information derived from these tests tell a lot about an individual’s health and can be readily shared with the physician of the individual. These types of tests are vital for individuals who rarely see a doctor because many diseases give very little if any warning at all to a person.
Locations of where the equipment is available can be found at the Lifeline website at lifelinescreening.com.