Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s), are normally transmitted through sexual contact, but can also be contracted through shared needles or blood transfusion. STD’s pass from person – to – person in blood, semen, vaginal or other bodily fluids. A simple blood test, the STD Panel, consists of tests for Herpes, HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and Hepatitis, most of which can be easily treated and cured.
A Cholesterol Panel (aka Lipid Panel) is a blood test which may be used to determine if you have too much fat in your blood. This blood test helps determine the amount of good fat (HDL) and bad fat (LDL) to evaluate your risk for heart diseases, such as stroke or coronary heart disease. Managing cholesterol can decrease your risk of a heart attack by 50%!
Mammogram screenings play an integral part in early detection of breast cancers. Current guidelines recommend that women aged 40 and over undergo yearly routine mammogram screenings. Research has shown that annual mammograms lead to early detection of breast cancer when it is most curable. Mammograms can detect changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or doctor can physically feel them.
PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is a protein produced by the prostate. The prostate gland in the adult male is about the size of a walnut and tends to enlarge after the age of 50. A PSA test is a simple, painless blood test that measures the amount of PSA in your blood. If you have an elevated PSA, it may suggest that you are at risk for prostate cancer or other types of prostate diseases.
Diabetes is a disease categorized by high blood sugar levels, affecting 1 in 10 adults in the United States. A Hemoglobin A1C test is a blood test used to determine an individual’s average blood sugar over a period of three months. This test is used to help diagnose diabetes and prediabetes. Continued regular testing is recommended, as early diabetes does not usually show symptoms and can put you at risk for stroke or heart attack if not detected early.
The thyroid gland produces hormones that control the body’s metabolism. These thyroid hormones ultimately control many other important functions, such as breathing, heart rate, body temperature, menstrual cycles, cholesterol levels, and weight. A Thyroid test is a blood test that measures the number of thyroid hormones in the bloodstream. If you have too much or too little thyroid hormone, it can cause symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, fatigue, mood swings, or feelings of being too hot or too cold.
A Heart Scan or Coronary Calcium Score of the heart is a special x-ray that looks for specks of calcium plaques in the walls of the arteries in your heart. Presence of calcium indicates plaque buildup, which is an early indicator of heart disease or a possible impending heart attack.
A Lumbar-Sacrum Spinal X-Ray is to evaluate the structure of bones and soft tissue in the area from the lumbar (lower back) spine all the way down to sacrum/coccyx area (also known as the tailbone). This test can be used to identify the cause of neck, shoulder, arm, middle back, or lower back pain or discomfort. An x-ray can identify treatable orthopedic problems as well as indicate the need for further diagnostic testing, such as an MRI.
Testosterone Level test is a blood test that measures the levels of testosterone in the body. Low testosterone may lead to low sex drive, erectile dysfunction or infertility. This test is commonly performed if you are a man who is experiencing problems such as low sex drive, cannot get an erection, thinning of hair, increased fatigue, or a decrease in muscle mass. If you have low testosterone, treatment is available.