Be Prepared – Get Healthy
Inclusion of conscientious health care as part of life style is an appreciative step towards holistic well-being for any individual. People who opt for regular/routine medical tests or annual medical examinations or preventive health tests are among the one, who smarty avoid huge medical expenses by countering the health issues on time. Though many of us want to opt for preventive health tests, but unsure about,
· Which test or health package they should opt for?
· Whether it is fine to get the tests done without consulting a physician?
· How to plan for a health test?
· What preparations are required for getting these tests done?
Everyone’s healthcare helpline - medidaili can help you with an ease solution to get answer for all these questions. In our previous blogs we spoke about various tests in detail; in this blog we are sharing the – ‘must know’ pre-requisites of medical tests for preparedness before going for the test. This is a very handy piece of information which can help you prepare properly before going for a medical examination or test.
Preparation for Blood Tests
Fasting blood glucose test
Fasting Glucose blood test diagnoses diabetes and gives information about glucose levels in the blood.
Deficiency of Iron can
Iron blood tests help diagnose iron level in the body, mainly conditions such as iron deficiency that leads to anemia.
Blood cholesterol test (Lipid Profile)
Lipid profile test measures the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and identifies the level of HDL, LDL and triglyceride.
Generally, you're required to fast for 9 to 12 hours before the test. Consume no food or liquids other than water. Some cholesterol tests don't require fasting, so follow the instructions provided by your doctor.
Thyroid blood tests
Thyroid function tests T3, T3RU, T4, and TSH are usually done to find out thyroid hormone secretion levels and how well your thyroid gland is working. It may be an under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) or an over-active thyroid (hyperthyroidism). (To know more about Thyroid test read medidaili blog on Thyroid)
If you are having a thyroid test done along with other blood tests like glucose, insulin or cholesterol tests, you are advised to fast and have your test done first thing in the morning.
Drinking plenty of water before a blood test keeps the body well-hydrated, making the veins full, easier and quicker for drawing blood.
* We recommend going for thyroid tests earlier in the day with fasting. Generally thyroid tests performed post lunch or after eating food, likely to give a lower TSH level result, which might affect the diagnosis.
Mammography is a specific type of breast imaging that can detect cancer in the very early stage using low-dose x-rays.
Avoid using deodorants, antiperspirants, powders, lotions, creams or perfumes under your arms or on your breasts as metallic particles in powders and deodorants could be visible on your mammogram reports causing confusions in diagnosis.
· In case of any discomfort while getting mammogram, consider having an over-the-counter pain medication. Intake of aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), about an hour before your mammogram might ease the discomfort of the test.
· Carry previous mammogram report for the radiologist to compare them with the new MRI report
Endoscopy is used in the early detection, diagnosis, staging, and treatment of cancer.
Do not drink and eat 4 to 8 hours before the endoscopy and ensure your stomach is empty for the procedure.
Before the test, consult your doctor and share your routine medication details and prescription.
Stop taking any blood-thinning medications few days before test as it would impact the results of the endoscopy.
Magnetic resonance Imaging - MRI is performed to examine organs and their structure inside the body to understand the cause of any particular health issue. Health care professionals use MRI scans to diagnose a variety of conditions, like torn ligaments, tumor, examining brain, spinal cord, etc.
Do not wear any makeup or hairspray, as many of these products have tiny metal particles that could interfere with the scan and reduce the quality of the images. They might cause the area to heat up and can even burn your skin on rare occasions.
In some cases, fasting might be required if advised by the doctor during appointment.
· People with pacemaker or other implants cannot go into the MRI scanner as it could be detrimental to their health. In such case consult your doctor to know about any alternative test that could be done. Some of these implants might be safe to go into the MRI scanner, but have to be accurately identified for the scan to proceed. The doctor should be provided with proper reports and documents about the implant to identify the type of implant and assess if it is safe to have the MRI.
· Claustrophobic patients and pregnant women should inform the doctor regarding their condition while making the appointment.
Ultrasound or sonography uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within the body. The images provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions. Ultrasounds are generally to examine the gallbladder, liver, pancreas, or spleen.
Drink at least 2 liters of water in advance and hold your urine for 3 hours before the test.
Eat a fat-free meal in the evening before the test and then do fasting until the procedure.
Fast for 8 to 12 hours before ultrasound, especially for abdomen examination
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is one of the simplest and fastest tests used to examine the heart. This is a painless test that measures heart’s activity and the heart valve's motion. It also evaluates the amount of blood the heart pumps with each stroke.
Drinking cold water or exercising before ECG test should be avoided.
Be prepared, get healthy
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