There’s more to healthy living than good genes, good numbers, healthy weight and sound diet. Sanford Health, a Good Samaritan Society partner company, offers a multitude of preventive screenings that provide a more detailed look at your overall health, including:
- Cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure checks
- Heart and vascular screenings
- Lung test
- Mobile screening
Walk-in cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure checks
Blood pressure checks are free and cholesterol and blood sugar tests are available for a nominal fee. These services are also available on an outreach basis for schools, churches, community events and area businesses.
Heart and vascular screenings
The Heart Screen at the Center for Screening uses advanced tools and diagnostics to uncover critical details about the health of your heart. Screenings include:
- CT calcium score
- Non-fasting cholesterol
- Blood pressure
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Framingham score (risk estimate for developing heart disease in the next 10 years)
Whether you’re 40 or 70, strokes can happen — anytime. The Vascular Screen at the Center for Screening uses advanced tools and diagnostics to uncover critical details about the health of your vascular system. This screen is for those age 40 and older. Type 1 diabetics should get these preventive screenings at age 30 or older. Screenings include:
- Stroke/carotid artery ultrasound
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound
- Ankle/brachial index
Pulmonary lung function test
A simple test to help identify people who may have lung disease. The pulmonary lung function test is performed by a registered respiratory therapist and includes:
- Oxygen saturation measurement (an estimate of the amount of oxygen in your blood).
- Interview: Scored questions about your breathing. A score will be given for the risk of asthma, COPD and sleep apnea.
- Spirometry: A breathing test that measures the speed and amount of air you can blow out of your lungs after taking in a deep breath.
If you have any of the following problems you should consider having a pulmonary lung function test:
- Trouble breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling like you are not getting enough air
- Decrease ability to exercise or do other activities
- A cough that won’t go away
- Coughing up mucus or blood
- Pain or discomfort when breathing in or out
The Sanford Screening Center also offers a mobile screening unit to provide heart and vascular screenings to the region’s communities, bringing access to screenings closer to you.