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Top 10 health checks

There are lots of health checks and tests you can get to prevent disease and injury, and to stop things before they get worse.

But what kind of health checks and tests can you get at PVH Medical?

Here are the top 10.

1. A complete physical examination

Our Pascoe Vale doctors will assess you from head to toe, covering all the essentials like your vital signs, blood pressure, and body mass index (BMI). We’ll also look for things specific to your age, background and diet.

The older you get, the more often you should have a complete physical exam. We recommend one check every five years from the ages of around 20 to 45, every two years from 45 to 65, and every year thereafter.

2. Skin check

While it’s important to check your own skin, having a doctor regularly check over your skin could be lifesaving.

Melanoma and non-melanoma are big killers in Australia, and that’s why we recommended a skin check every couple of years, and every year once you turn 40 or you work outside.

3. Prostate check

This one is for the blokes.

Around 17,000 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year in Australia. If you’re over age 50, come and talk to your doctor about possible screening options.

4. Colon exam

Colon or bowel cancer is the second most common form of cancer in Australia. That’s why it’s recommended that your colon health is tested from around the age of 40 upwards.

For many people, screening for bowel cancer involves a simple, at-home screening test. In fact, the government sends free test kits to those aged 50 to 74. But we can also help you in the clinic.

5. Blood pressure check

Blood pressure is the force that keeps blood moving through your arteries once it has been pumped from your heart. Finding out how hard your heart is working is super-important.

Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure every two years, or more regularly if you have high blood pressure.

6. Cholesterol

Your cholesterol level is one indicator of your risk of getting heart disease. While there are self-tests you can do for cholesterol, it’s best getting the help of a doctor who can look at your health holistically.

For example, we’ll consider a range of factors including your age, blood pressure, family history and diet, and suggest the best approach moving forwards.

7. Blood glucose levels

You may have seen the news reports about the growing diabetes problem in Australia, particularly type 2 diabetes. It’s a largely preventable disease if we do things like improve our diet and keep the extra kilos off.

You can check your risk of developing type 2 diabetes with this helpful calculator.

Early diagnosis, optimal treatment and continued management is key to reducing diabetes-related complications. And it can start with a simple blood glucose level check.

8. Cervical screening test (CST)

Cervical cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix.

Previously known as the Pap test, the CST is now only required once every five years for women aged 25 to 74.

9. Blood test

Having a blood test can help your doctor evaluate how well your organs (like your kidneys, liver, thyroid, and heart) are working. Blood tests can diagnose diseases and conditions such as cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and STIs including HIV/AIDS. That’s why it’s such a crucial health check.

We can test your blood on-site so you don’t even need to leave the clinic!

10. Bone density test

Osteoporosis is a disease that reduces the density and quality of your bones. This causes a weakness of the skeleton and an increased risk of fracture. Talk to your doctor about your risk and if any tests are required.

We also run a program called Strong to the Bone which can help fight osteoporosis. You can share your test results with the exercise physiologists who lead the program.

Get checked out today!

So there you have it, the top 10 health checks at PVH Medical in Pascoe Vale.

Make an appointment today for the checks you need. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.

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General health check Pascoe Vale Melbourne

General health checks in Pascoe Vale

When was the last time you had a general health check?

Getting your vital signs regularly checked by a doctor is a simple and effective way to manage your health.

This can include the measurement of your temperature, respiratory rate, pulse and blood pressure. These numbers provide critical information (hence the name ‘vital’) about your state of health.

In particular, they:

  • can identify the existence of an acute medical problem
  • can determine the magnitude of an illness, and
  • are a marker of chronic diseases.

At PVH Medical, we go a step further than checking your vital signs. When we assess your overall health, we consider both non-modifiable and modifiable risk factors.

Non-modifiable risk factors

These are the things you can’t change, and may include:

Age

While you can’t turn back the clock, you can add years to your life by eating well, exercising, managing stress, not smoking and getting quality sleep.

Gender

While the average life expectancy in Australia is among the highest in the world, women are outliving men by approximately four years.

Family history

Your own risk of developing health issues can increase if there is history of it in your family.

Personal history

If you’ve had health problems in the past, minimising your risk with a healthy lifestyle is essential.

Modifiable risk factors

These are risk factors that can be reduced if you make lifestyle changes:

Health checks at PVH Medical

We can run a range of tests to help you manage your health. For example:

  • Blood pressure – for hypertension, stroke and heart attack
  • Blood glucose levels – for diabetes
  • Cholesterol – for heart disease
  • Skin check – for skin cancers
  • Body composition, such as your weight and waist measurement
  • Annual health assessments for people over age 75
  • A once-off health check for those between age 45-49 with risk of developing chronic disease.

We can also assess things like your nutrition, stress levels and emotional wellbeing.

Take a look at the top 10 health checks in our clinic here.

Simple referrals

We have an internal team of healthcare practitioners.

So, we can easily refer you to another practitioner at PVH Medical, like a psychologist, physiotherapist or exercise physiologist.

We even have on-site pathology in Pascoe Vale.

Book a health check in Pascoe Vale today

Getting your vital signs checked, and having some basic health tests done, is crucial to your overall health and wellbeing.

Call 9304 0500 or book online today to take a strong step towards a long, healthy and happy life.

Source: UCSD and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Kidney health Pascoe Vale Melbourne

Kidney disease explained

Each year, more than half a million Australians consult their doctors about kidney disease and urinary tract infections.

One in 3 Australian adults is at increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease, and one in 10 has some sign of chronic kidney disease.

What is kidney disease?

Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that act as your body’s waste filtration system. They filter your blood 12 times per hour. Excess water and unwanted chemicals or waste in the blood are disposed of as urine (wee).

Kidney disease is when your kidneys are damaged in some way and are not filtering your blood effectively.

Symptoms of kidney disease

Kidney disease is called a ‘silent disease’ as there are often few or no symptoms. In fact, you can lose up to 90% of your kidneys’ functionality before experiencing any symptoms. Some signs and symptoms include:

  • a change in the frequency and quantity of urine you pass, especially at night (usually an increase at first)
  • blood in your urine (haematuria)
  • changes in the appearance of your urine
  • puffiness around your legs and ankles (oedema)
  • pain in your back (under the lower ribs, where the kidneys are located)
  • pain or burning when you pass urine
  • high blood pressure.

If your kidneys begin to fail, waste products and extra fluid build up in your blood. This, and other problems, can gradually lead to:

  • tiredness and inability to concentrate
  • generally feeling unwell
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea and vomiting
  • shortness of breath
  • itching
  • bad breath and a metallic taste in the mouth.

Risk factors for kidney disease

You are more at risk of developing chronic kidney disease if you:

  • have high blood pressure
  • have diabetes
  • have established heart problems (heart failure or past heart attack) or have had a stroke
  • are obese
  • are over 60 years of age
  • have a family history of kidney failure
  • smoke
  • have a history of acute kidney injury
  • are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin.

Take the online kidney risk test.

Prevention of kidney disease

Medication and changes to lifestyle, along with an early referral to a kidney specialist can prevent or delay kidney failure.

Heathy lifestyle choices to keep your kidneys functioning well include:

  • Eat lots of vegetables and fruit, as well as legumes (peas or beans) and grain-based food such as bread, pasta, noodles and rice
  • Eat lean meat such as chicken and fish each week
  • Eat only small amounts of salty or fatty food
  • Drink plenty of water instead of other drinks like sugary soft drinks
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Stay fit. Do at least 30 minutes of physical activity that increases your heart rate on five or more days of the week, including walking, lawn mowing, bike riding, swimming or gentle aerobics
  • Quit smoking (our doctors in Pascoe Vale can help with this)
  • Limit your alcohol to no more than two small drinks per day if you are male, or one small drink per day if you are female.
  • Have your blood pressure checked regularly (a range of medication is available for high blood pressure)
  • Do things that make you happy, help you relax and reduce your stress levels.

Raising awareness for kidney health

12 March 2020 is World Kidney Day. It’s a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys. You can find out more information here.

23-29 March 2020 is Kidney Health Week. You can see if you’re at risk of kidney disease by taking the test.

Treatment for kidney disease

If detected early enough, the progress of kidney disease can be slowed and sometimes even prevented.

Our team of friendly doctors can help you manage kidney disease. Make a booking online or call 9304 0500 today.

 

Source: Kidney Health AustraliaWorld Kidney Day and BetterHealth Channel

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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