Don’t test your luck – screen early and often

When it comes to our health, we typically only worry about obvious signs and symptoms that something’s not quite right. But many conditions don’t have telling symptoms until they are in a progressive stage. You could be at risk because of lifestyle choices, age or genetics. If you could find out if you are at a personal risk for a stroke, heart disease or lung cancer, why not know now so that you can be proactive in prevention?

For conditions like these, and many others, there exists a number of inexpensive yet potentially lifesaving tests and screenings. Health screenings can be conducted routinely as preventive measures, or may be administered when suspicion of a specific health issue arises. If a screening does reveal an underlying condition, research has shown that early detection can make all the difference in treating and managing disease.

Maintaining your health can mean keeping your independence. Visiting a medical center is no longer just for when you’re sick. It’s a place that cares for your overall wellness, even while you’re healthy, so that hopefully you will stay that way. Jupiter Medical Center makes proactive health care as easy and convenient as possible by offering the following screenings.

CT LUNG SCREENING

It takes the average person five minutes to smoke a cigarette. Unfortunately, those 5 minutes are the number one cause of cancer death: lung cancer. This puts smokers at high risk. Fortunately, more than 80 percent of lung cancers can be beaten if detected early using a CT screening—and it only takes 15 minutes.

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Jupiter Medical Center offers numerous health screenings throughout Palm Beach County.

How Does It Work?

Our CT scan utilizes special x-ray equipment with high tech computer software to produce clear images of the lungs with up to 90 percent less ionizing radiation than a traditional CT lung scan.

It’s Simple

One of our technologists will position you on an examination bed, typically asking you to raise your arms over your head. After determining the correct position to begin scanning, we’ll have you hold your breath while the table moves you through the scanner, taking only five to 10 seconds.

HEART HEALTH SCREENINGS

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, yet one of the more preventable and manageable diseases given the proper diagnosis and treatment. The biggest factor in coping with and surviving this threat begins with knowing your risk. If you are over age 55, overweight, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or pre-diabetes, you are at risk. Schedule an appointment now to receive a screening at one of our special rates.

What’s does it include?

Screenings can include a number of tests; our doctors can help you determine which tests are the right ones for you. These includes:

  • Risk assessment
  • Physical assessment
  • Cholesterol and glucose tests
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Blood pressure and heart rate
  • It’s Worth the Trip

These quick and simple tests can and should become part of your annual routine.

A small stick on the finger is sufficient in most cases for our physicians to gather the information they need to determine your body’s glucose and cholesterol levels. We’ll make sure the process is easy, comfortable and tailored to your specific needs.

VASCULAR SCREENINGS

Sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough to lessen the risk for vascular disease; heredity plays a large role as well. Stroke, the third leading cause of death in the US, and aneurysms are often referred to as “silent killers,” because they often do not have any symptoms before an attack, making it extremely important to be screened for risk factors as we age.

How Does It Work?

  • Carotid artery screening: This simple, painless test uses ultrasound technology, creating images of the arteries to the brain and measuring blood flow. More blood flow equals healthier arteries and less chance of stroke.
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening: A sonographer will take an ultrasound of your abdominal aorta to measure its size and determine if there is cause for alarm.

Jupiter Medical Center also offers additional types of screenings throughout the year. We also teach community classes in diabetes management, mindfulness-based stress reduction, nutrition, weight management, skin cancer and prostate education.

Some insurance plans now cover the cost of some screenings. Our health navigator can help you understand your risk and your coverage. If you do not have coverage for screenings, Jupiter Medical Center offers a self-pay price. For information on screening locations, scheduling and cost, please contact our health navigator Gail Cooper-Parks at 561-263-4437.

FOR INFORMATION ON JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER’S SCREENING LOCATIONS, AS WELL AS SCHEDULING AND COST, CONTACT THE PATIENT HEALTH NAVIGATOR AT 561-263-4437.


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