Did you miss the local health fair? More to come | VailDaily.com

Did you miss the local health fair? More to come

Dr. Drew Werner
VAIL CO, Colorado

Ready? 84 – 49 – 124 … no I’m not talking March Madness, but our local Health Fair season. Do you know your numbers such as blood sugar, total cholesterol, HDL (or good cholesterol)LDL (or bad) cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure? Those numbers and several more are available if you choose to one of our local health fairs. Have your blood drawn, blood pressure checked and get your skin evaluated for cancer (remember we live in the No. 2 skin cancer state). Women can receive a breast exam from a medical provider. These are just as few of the screenings that will be available.

What other numbers do you need to know?

• $15 – $45 each: The cost of the tests you can receive including a complete blood chemistry, blood count, PSA test and colorectal screening. Specific information is on the websites.

• 8 -12 hours: The number of hours to fast before the comprehensive blood screening in order to get the most accurate blood sugar and cholesterol results.

• 12 ounces: How much water you should drink when you get up. Remember, water won’t alter your blood tests so drink as much as you want.

• 10, 20 or more: The number of years you could add to our life by health screening, early treatment and prevention of disease!

While we all should be thankful that such excellent screening is available, it is important to remember that a blood test isn’t everything. It is simply a start. Regardless of the PSA test, men over 50 should have a DRE or digital rectal exam. Mammograms and colonoscopy are other important cancer screening tests. Nothing replaces a careful complete physical exam from your physician and having your health concerns and questions addressed. Remember, treatment and other laboratory guidelines are constantly changing. That necessitates having a discussion with your physician to review treatment, discuss next steps in monitoring or getting more advanced diagnostic studies.

The health risks we need to pay attention to are often the ones we don’t feel until a serious problem exists. Along with getting immunizations, screening is one of the most important things you can do to benefit your health. Visit one of our health fairs, get your health screened and find out how you are. If anything seems off, or if you have any questions or concerns, see your doctor. Screening is the first step in health, seeing your doctor if there is something wrong is equally important.

Valley View Hospital will hold three community health fairs this spring, bringing blood tests, medical screening and education to various locations.

Valley View’s schedule of Health Fairs is as follows:

New Castle/Silt: Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m.

Coal Ridge High School, 35947 Hwy. 6

Carbondale: April 14, 7 to 11 a.m.

Roaring Fork High School, 2270 Hwy 133

Glenwood: April 28, 7 to 11 a.m.

Glenwood Medical Associates, 1830 Blake Ave.

Health information and testing is available to anyone 18 years of age or older.

For more information about Valley View Hospital and all it offers you can visit http://www.vvh.org. For information specifically regarding your blood tests visit http://www.vvh.org/pages/p-lab-blood-results.php.

Dr. Drew Werner is a medical staff leader at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, a family physician at TotalHealth Care and the Eagle County health officer. He lives in Eagle with his family. Email comments about this column to cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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