Not only can you learn about your vascular health through our ultrasound screenings, our new disease risk assessment screening, 6 for Life, is a personalized report that predicts your risk of major chronic diseases:
It also shows what percent of your risk you can modify or control, and how your risk compares to others of the same gender and age. Most important, it tells you what you need to focus on to reduce your risks.
The screening begins with a brief 1-page questionnaire about your personal and family health history, and some of your lifestyle factors. Next, a simple finger-stick blood test measures your good and bad cholesterol, glucose levels, blood pressure, body mass index and more.
All of this information is run through a predictive program based on more than 100 clinical studies—including the landmark Framingham Heart Study*. You will receive a summary report of your results and a personalized action plan that tells you what you can do to reduce your risks immediately and in the long term.
* This is the largest study of its kind, now in its 50th year, involving more than 15,000 people.
What can I learn from a 6 for Life screening?
According to a study done by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80% of chronic diseases can be prevented. That’s the beauty of 6 for Life. You predict your 5-year risk for each disease and learn what you can do now to reduce your risks immediately and for the long term—so you can continue to lead a healthy life.
Who should have a 6 for Life screening?
People who want to be proactive about their health, people with relevant risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, being overweight, and anyone with a family history of any of the following:
- Coronary heart disease
- Congestive heart failure
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Lung cancer
*Most of the time, screening results are normal, providing the customer with peace of mind. However, in some cases, such as the real life stories here, potential health issues are identified enabling the person to do something about it before it is too late.
How often should I get a 6 for Life screening?
We recommend being screened every year if your 6 for Life results show elevated clinical values (blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, BMI, etc.) or if you are at a high risk for stroke, diabetes, coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, and if you smoke, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or lung cancer.
People who are making lifestyle changes to reduce their risks may want to come back sooner to track their progress. If your biometric values are normal and your family history has not changed, it is recommended that you return every 3 to 5 years.
When in doubt about how often to get screened, ask your physician. This is a personal decision based on your risk factors and previous screening results. Many of our customers have an annual screening as part of their regular healthcare routine.
How do I prepare for a 6 for Life screening?
You must fast (no food or drink, other than water) for 12 hours before your cholesterol and glucose screenings. Wear a short-sleeved shirt or a shirt with sleeves that are easy to roll up for the blood pressure cuffs.