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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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Cholesterol

What’s cholesterol and why does it matter?

Cholesterol is one of those words you’ve heard about and probably seen on food packaging. But what exactly is it and why does it matter?

Cholesterol is essential for the body

Cholesterol is a type of fat that is part of all animal cells. It’s essential for many of the body’s metabolic processes, including the production of hormones, bile and vitamin D.

Cholesterol is carried around the body by two key transport systems in the blood:

  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol – carries most of the cholesterol that is delivered to cells. It’s called the ‘bad’ cholesterol because when its level in the bloodstream is high, it can clog up your arteries.
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol – is called the ‘good’ cholesterol, because it helps remove excess cholesterol out of the cells, including cells in the arteries.

You don’t need to eat foods high in cholesterol. The body is very good at making its own cholesterol.

Cholesterol is important

Cholesterol is produced by the liver and also made by most cells in the body. It’s carried around in the blood by little ‘couriers’ called lipoproteins. We need a small amount of blood cholesterol because the body uses it to:

  • Build the structure of cell membranes
  • Make hormones like oestrogen, testosterone and adrenal hormones
  • Help your metabolism work efficiently, e.g. cholesterol is essential for your body to produce vitamin D
  • Produce bile acids, which help the body digest fat and absorb important nutrients.

Effects of high cholesterol

The liver is the main processing centre for cholesterol and dietary fat. When we eat animal fats, the liver transports the fat, together with cholesterol (in the lipoproteins), into our bloodstream.

Too much cholesterol circulating within LDL in our bloodstream leads to fatty deposits developing in the arteries. This causes the vessels to narrow and they can eventually become blocked. This can lead to heart disease and stroke.

Avoid saturated fats

The best way to have healthy levels of cholesterol in your diet is to limit foods high in saturated fats. Try to avoid:

  • Fatty meats
  • Processed meats like salami and sausages
  • Snack foods like chips
  • Most takeaway foods, especially deep-fried foods
  • Cakes, biscuits and pastries.

Lifestyle tips to cut cholesterol

Changing some of your lifestyle habits may also help to reduce your cholesterol levels. Suggestions include:

  • Reduce your alcohol intake to no more than one or two drinks a day, or stop drinking altogether
  • Stop smoking
  • Exercise regularly, e.g. at least 30 minutes of brisk walking daily
  • Try to lose any excess body fat
  • Control your blood sugar levels if you have diabetes.

Our range of health services can help you change your lifestyle. For example, exercise physiology can improve your heart health, while dietetics can help ensure you’re eating the right foods.

Medication may be needed

For some people, diet and lifestyle changes are not enough. Your doctor may recommend medications to force your blood LDL levels down.

Your doctor may also refer you to a specialist who treats cardiovascular disease.

Any questions about cholesterol?

Chat to your doctor if you have any questions about cholesterol. It’s better to start managing high cholesterol earlier rather than later.

 

Source: 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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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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