Chest X rays
Regular checkups are a valuable tool in maintaining good health. Taking proper care of your health at the right time can prevent a lot of problems in the future. The main aim of a health checkup is to detect illness at an early stage, or better prevent illness occurring in the first place. In adults up to 40 years, a check up every 2 years is appropriate. Adults over 40 should have a check up every year. Health checks should not be reserved for when you are feeling unwell – they are a great way of ensuring your general health is maintained.
You can choose your own program to suit your age and individual needs, however the core of every check up test should include: chest X ray, electrocardiogram, complete blood count (white, red blood cells and platelet count), blood sugar for diabetes, cholesterol, urine examination, and liver & kidney function tests.
To prepare for your health check up get a good night’s sleep the night before and stop all food and drink from between 8 – 10 hours before your tests as the sugar level in your blood can give an inaccurate result on your blood sugar and cholesterol blood tests.
Chest X–rays produce images of your heart, lungs, blood vessels, airways, and the bones of your chest and spine. Chest X–rays can also reveal fluid in or around your lungs or air surrounding a lung.
An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart.
A small device called an ultrasound probe is used, which gives off high-frequency sound waves. You can’t hear these sound waves, but when they bounce off different parts of the body, they create “echoes” that are picked up by the probe and turned into a moving image and is efficient in detecting abnormalities like growths, & stones etc.
When the WBC count in urine is high, it means that there is inflammation in the urinary tract or kidneys. The most common cause for WBCs in urine is a bacterial urinary tract infection (UTI), such as a bladder or kidney infection.
A complete blood count (CBC) is a blood test used to evaluate your overall health and detect a wide range of disorders, including anemia, infection and leukemia. A complete blood count test measures several components and features of your blood, including: platelets, white blood cells & red blood cells, which carry oxygen.
A fasting blood sugar level less than 100 mg/dL (5.6 mmol/L) is normal. A fasting blood sugar level from 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L) is considered prediabetes. If it’s 126 mg/dL (7 mmol/L) or higher on two separate tests, you have diabetes.
To understand high blood cholesterol, it helps to learn about cholesterol. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all cells of the body.
Two kinds of lipoproteins carry cholesterol throughout your body: low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Having healthy levels of both types of lipoproteins is important.
LDL cholesterol sometimes is called “bad” cholesterol. A high LDL level leads to a buildup of cholesterol in your arteries. (Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your body.)
HDL cholesterol sometimes is called “good” cholesterol. This is because it carries cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. Your liver removes the cholesterol from your body.
To test your kidney function, your doctor will order a set of tests (creatinine & BUN) that can estimate your glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Your GFR tells your doctor how quickly your kidneys are clearing waste from your body.
Liver enzyme tests, formerly called liver function tests (LFTs), are a group of blood tests that detect inflammation and damage to the liver. They can also check how well the liver is working.
The uric acid blood test is used to detect high levels of this compound in the blood in order to help diagnose gout. The test is also used to monitor uric acid levels in people undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer.
The PSA test is a blood test that can detect the early signs of an enlarged prostate. It is the most common initial test for men who are worried about prostate cancer. The test, measures the level of PSA (prostate-specific antigen) in your blood.
Phyathai Sriracha Hospital Check up Center is open from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm seven days a week including all holidays. For more information on our health check up programs call 089 – 7500293 Email [email protected] www.phyathai-sriracha.com