As we enter 2019, people often make a New Year’s resolution to better their health. It may involve getting more exercise or eating right. One way to get started on a healthier you in 2019 is to get checked out—specifically through Trinity Health’s MyChoice Health Checks, a menu of low-cost health screenings that can give you peace of mind in ’19.
MyChoice Health Checks includes screenings for: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), Carotid Artery, Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring, Electrocardiogram (EKG), and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). Patients can get one or all of the screenings done, depending on the health issues they feel they may have. It’s their choice.
“This is the best deal in healthcare,” explained Jim Coffin, RT(R), CT, AART, imaging services director with Trinity Health. “We have board-certified physicians interpreting the studies, and licensed and registered technologist performing the studies. I have recommended this to many of my own family members and friends.” Imaging technology provides earlier disease detection and promotes timely care, Coffin added.
MyChoice Health Checks can help identify hidden issues that –if left untreated—can lead to serious health problems:
Abdominal Aneurysm: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is when the aorta, the largest artery in the body stretches and balloons in the abdomen, possibly rupturing. Symptoms can include abdominal pain or back pain that is severe, sudden, or constant; clammy skin; dizziness; nausea and vomiting; or rapid heart rate.
Stroke: For those at risk of stroke or heart disease, or who have a family history of stroke or heart disease, the Carotid Artery Disease screening looks for build-up of plaque in the carotid arteries. Symptoms can include sudden severe headache, dizziness, blurred vision, sudden weakness, or numbness in the face or limbs.
Heart Attack: Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring can detect developing plaque/calcium in the coronary arteries, which can lead to a heart attack.
Heart Disease: An electrocardiogram can screen for signs of heart disease. An EKG can check your heart for rhythm, see if you have poor blood flow to the heart muscle, diagnose a heart attack, and check for abnormalities such as a thickened heart muscle.
Painful Legs and Feet: Hardening of the arteries in the legs, due to plaque, can diminish blood supply and cause pain in the legs and feet. The Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) screening is available to check for PAD.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) $35
Carotid Artery $35
CT for Calcium Scoring $60
Electrocardiogram (EKG) $20
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) $35
These screenings, which can be performed any time of the year, are followed up by a letter from the interpreting radiologist or cardiologist, with some requiring additional evaluation which might be offered and supervised by a nurse practitioner. All screenings are performed at Trinity’s Advanced Imaging Center, located at Health Center – Town & Country, 831 South Broadway.
If you think that you have one (or more) of these diseases, please consult with your primary care physician. Otherwise, to schedule a screening, call Trinity Health’s Imaging Scheduling Line at 701-857-3220.