The Multiphasic Blood Analysis is the most popular screening offered at HealthFair. This test can be an early warning of health problems, including coronary heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease and other disorders. The cost of the Multiphasic is $30 per person. Men can add the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test to the Multiphasic for an additional $15. A TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) screening can also be added for an additional $15. Participants are required to fast for 12 hours. Participants should not smoke, drink or eat for 12 hours prior to the test. Eating or smoking within that time may adversely affect the validity of the screening results. Participants may continue to take prescription medication with small sips of water.
The Multiphasic will be offered at HealthFair 2015 on Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28. Although pre-registration has ended, walk-ins will be accepted from 9 to 11 a.m. both days of HealthFair.
Tests included in the Multiphasic Blood Analysis:
If this is high, you may be at an increased risk of fatty deposits, narrowing arteries in the heart and other organs. If you have not been fasting, the results may be invalid. Ask your doctor.
WHAT IF MY BLOOD CHOLESTEROL LEVELS ARE HIGH? Losing excess weight and starting a program of regular aerobic exercise are the first and foremost “treatments” for undesirable cholesterol levels. This cannot be emphasized too strongly. Your doctor will also advise you to stop smoking, maintain a low-fat diet, restrict or avoid alcohol, and learn to manage daily stress. After you’ve made the above lifestyle changes, ask to have a second blood test done to see how these changes have affected your blood chemistry. If the results are still not satisfactory, work with your doctor on a plan to bring your blood cholesterol levels into the normal range.
WHAT IS LDL CHOLESTEROL? Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is the major cholesterol carrier in the blood. When a person has too much LDL cholesterol in the blood, it can slowly build up in the arteries feeding the heart and brain. Together with other substances, it can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog those arteries. This condition is called arteriosclerosis. If a clot forms where this plaque is located, it can block blood flow to part of the heart muscle and cause a heart attack. If a clot blocks blood flow to part of the brain, a stroke results.
WHAT IS HDL CHOLESTEROL? High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is made in the liver. Medical experts think HDL removes cholesterol from the arteries and takes it back to the liver. HDL is called “good” cholesterol because a high level of it seems to lower the risk of heart attack. The opposite is also true; a low HDL level increases the risk.
WHAT ARE TRIGLYCERIDES? Triglycerides are basically blood fats. Most people (but not all) who have heart disease have high triglyceride levels. Fortunately, the lifestyle habits that are good for lowering total blood cholesterol and increasing HDL cholesterol are also good for lowering triglycerides.
GLUCOSE: If this is high, you may have diabetes. If you have not been fasting, the result may be incorrect. Consult your physician. It is possible for a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus to be made by obtaining at least two fasting blood sugar determinations. (Fasting means not eating for at least 12 hours prior to testing) Values above 126 mg/dl indicate diabetes. Fasting values below 110 are normal. Fasting values between 110 mg/dl and 125 mg/dl indicate impaired glucose tolerance. See your doctor if your fasting glucose value is above 110 mg/dl.
PROSTATE SPECIFIC ANTIGEN (PSA) (MALES ONLY): Abnormal values may indicate malignant disease. It is recommended that you contact your physician to schedule a digital rectal exam.
TSH - THYROID STIMULATING HORMONE: Used to check for thyroid gland problems. High levels may indicate an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) and may cause weight gain, tiredness, dry skin and constipation. Low levels may indicate an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) and may cause weight loss, rapid heart rate, nervousness and diarrhea.
BUN/CREATININE: Increased values may indicate kidney disease.
SODIUM: Decreased values may be due to decreased fluid intake and lead to weakness. Increased values may lead to heart and kidney symptoms. Consult your physician.
POTASSIUM: Abnormal values may lead to an abnormal heart rhythm; contact your doctor immediately if your potassium level is not within normal range.
LDH, ALK PHOS, AST, ALT, GGPT, ALK PHOS, And TOTAL BILIRUBIN: Increased values may indicate liver or gall bladder disease.
CALCIUM: Continual decreased values could lead to osteoporosis.
MAGNESIUM: Magnesium is an intracellular ion involved in muscle contraction.
TOTAL PROTEIN, ALBUMIN: Increased values may indicate dehydration. Decreased values may indicate malnutrition among other illnesses.
URIC ACID: Increased values could mean you have, or could develop, gout or kidney stones.
WHITE BLOOD CELLS (WBC): Deceased values may indicate a breakdown in the immune system. Increased levels may indicate infection. Consult your physician.
HEMOGLOBIN/HEMATOCRIT/IRON/RED BLOOD CELLS (RBC): If these are low, you may need to be treated for anemia. Very high iron levels can cause disease of the liver and other organs. Consult your physician.
MCV: Average volume of Red Blood Cells.
All abnormal results should be discussed with your physician!
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