Preventive screenings and tests save lives. Unfortunately, many Utahns do not routinely follow basic health screening recommendations. Routine screenings can identify a previously undiagnosed condition or risk of a condition. This allows physicians to intervene early with treatments and therapies to control the condition or inform the individual of lifestyle changes that can be taken to improve health outcomes and costs.
For example, screening for high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol is an important first step in identifying individuals who are at risk for chronic diseases but may be undiagnosed.
Many studies have shown that dietary changes and therapies can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, especially when these modifications reduce high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. When coupled with lifestyle changes, these therapies can be even more effective in lowering the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Diabetes is another example which without effective diagnosis and treatment, can become a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and stroke.
Use the following tool to determine the health screenings recommended for your gender and age. If you have a pre-existing medical condition like heart disease, asthma, or diabetes, recommendations for certain tests may vary.
Please work with your health care provider to determine how often certain tests should be performed to maintain your health. These health screenings generally follow nationally recommended guidelines.
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