Your healthcare providers at Panorama Urgent Care Family Medicine in Panorama City, CA encourage regular screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and hemoglobin A1c. Routine screenings are recommended for early detection of chronic conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension, which can contribute to cardiovascular disease and tend to increase with age and/or a sedentary lifestyle
Blood pressure is one of the most important screenings because high blood pressure usually has no symptoms, so it can’t be detected without being measured. High blood pressure greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. If your blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg, be sure to get it checked at least once every two years, starting at age 20. If your blood pressure is higher, your doctor may want to check it more often. High blood pressure can be controlled through lifestyle changes and/or medication.
A fasting lipoprotein profile is generally taken every four to six years, starting at age 20. This is a blood test that measures total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol.) You may need to be tested more frequently if your healthcare provider determines that you’re at an increased risk for heart disease or stroke.
The hemoglobin A1c test provides your average blood sugar levels over the past 2 to 3 months. This test is also referred to as HbA1c, glycated hemoglobin test, and glycohemoglobin. People who have diabetes need this test regularly to see if their levels are staying within range. It can tell if you need to adjust your medication. The A1c test is also used to diagnose diabetes. Learn more about our Diabetes Management Program.