Health check-ups: Which one is best suited for me?

Posted by Xanit Internacional Xanit Internacional | Posted in Pediatrics | Posted on 21-02-2020

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Any time is good to review our health and start taking charge of it accordingly. A health check-up is the best way to do it, but do you know how many types of check-ups are out there or which would be the right one for you? Today, Dr Raquel Martín, from the Health Check-ups Unit, explains some of the fundamental aspects of the selected exams and screenings.

The importance of health check-ups

The importance of undergoing a health check-up is in detecting, in asymptomatic people, risk factors that allow us to prevent and diagnose health problems early.

Here at Xanit Hospital, we have at patients’ disposition several types of health check-up that differ mainly in how extensive they are and which medical specialties they cover.

For example, a basic check-up at Vithas Xanit consists of a detailed medical history as well as a thorough physical examination, accompanied by basic laboratory analysis and simple radiological tests such as chest radiography and abdominal ultrasound.

Types of health check-ups available at Vithas Xanit International

In our hospital we have three basic types of health check-ups. All of them consist of taking a patient’s medical history, reflecting patient’s risk factors, family history, as well as a thorough physical examination (including measuring blood pressure, weight, height, body mass index, basal oxygen saturation). Besides, each of them consists of different investigations and assessments by different medical specialties:

  1. A) Basic Health Check-up:

– Laboratory analysis: Blood count, biochemical coagulation with renal function, liver function, glucose, lipid profile, ionogram, ferric profile, uric acid, thyroid hormones, urine analysis. Faecal occult blood.

– Radiology: Abdominal and pelvic ultrasound. For women, it also includes mammography or breast echography.

– Cardiology: Electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and ergometry.

– Ophthalmology.

– Gynaecology (women): Includes ultrasound and cytology.

– Urology (male).

  1. B) Premium Check-up

– Laboratory analysis: Blood count, biochemical coagulation with renal function, liver function, glucose, lipid profile, ionogram, ferric profile, uric acid, thyroid hormones, urine analysis. Faecal occult blood.

  • Total and free PSA (male).

– Radiology: Chest CT, abdominal and pelvic ultrasound. For female patients it also includes mammography or breast ultrasound, as well as bone densitometry.

  • Cardiology: Electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and ergometry.
  • Pneumology: Spirometry.
  • Otorhinolaryngology: Revision and audiometry.

– Gynaecology (women): Includes ultrasound and cytology.

– Urology (male).

  1. C) Magnum Check-up

– Laboratory analysis: Blood count, biochemical coagulation with renal function, liver function, glucose, lipid profile, ionogram, ferric profile, uric acid, thyroid hormones, urine analysis. Faecal occult blood.

  • Total and free PSA (male).
  • Tumour markers.
  • Serology hepatitis B and C.

– Radiology: Calcium Score CT, chest CT, abdomen CT, brain MRI, thyroid ultrasound, echo-doppler of supra-aortic trunk For female patients, it also includes mammography or breast echography, as well as densitometry.

  • Cardiology: Electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and ergometry.
  • Pneumology: Spirometry.
  • Otorhinolaryngology: Revision and audiometry.

– Gynaecology (women): Includes ultrasound and cytology.

  • Urology (male).
  • Dermatology: Skin cancer screening, digital dermatoscopic study of moles.

But which one is best suited for me?

In general, our patients can choose from any of the different check-ups according to their wishes and needs, although there are some general recommendations when deciding on the type of check-up:

  • Basic check-up: It is aimed at young patients, asymptomatic, with no family history of particular relevance or cardiovascular risk factors.
  • Premium check-up: Further to those examinations carried out in Basic check-up, Premium also includes chest CT and spirometry, therefore, is of particular interest in smoking patients.
  • Magnum check-up: This type of check-up is particularly useful in patients with a family history of neoplastic disease, or those with cardiovascular risk factors for the diagnosis of silent arteriosclerotic disease.

The time needed to conduct each of the check-ups varies on the type selected, ranging from 2-3 hours (the simplest check-up) or having to stay in the hospital throughout the morning, if you are to be assessed by various specialists or for more complex imagining tests.

The whole process will take place here at Xanit, you will visit different areas within the hospital, mainly outpatient’s clinics and radiology department.

Depending on the type of check-up to be performed, the time may vary until the final results are obtained. Basic check-up results can be available in 48-72 hours, while getting all the results of a Magnum checkup can take up to 7 days.

Once all the results of the various investigation tests are available, a written summary will be given to the patient with further explanation in details by an Internal Medicine Physician who coordinated and oversaw the entire check-up.

In the event that the patient is unable to present to collect the written summary, it can be managed to send the information safely and clearly.

General considerations

Regardless of the type of a health check-up you decide to go for it is essential that you present fasting for the laboratory analysis, further to allowing those radiological tests that require contrast, such as abdominal CT or coronary CT.

Also, it is recommended to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, to facilitate physical examination and to be performed some investigations such as ergometry (stress test).

Ask for more information about which health check suits your needs.

Because prevention is always better than cure.

 

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