The VNA is committed to the health, education and wellness of our community. We offer blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings at no-cost throughout our community. These wellness health clinics offer an easy solution to anyone who wants to keep an eye on their health.
Wellness Health Clinics
- 1 in 3 adults in the US have high blood pressure (hypertension).
- Nearly 20% of people don’t know they have high blood pressure, which is why it is often called the “silent killer.”
- High blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and damage to the eyes.
It is important to get screened for this “silent killer”, as early onset hypertension often does not show symptoms while damage to the body is still occurring. It is also important to know that heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women worldwide.
When you eat food, your body breaks down sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for cells in the body. Insulin, a hormone normally produced by the pancreas, regulates the passage of glucose from the blood into cells. Diabetes occurs when your body does not make enough insulin or cannot use normal amounts of insulin properly.
- 1 in 10 adults in the US have Type II diabetes, and further research suggests that 1 in 3 adults has prediabetes.
- Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the US (and may be underreported).
- Elevated blood glucose levels may lead to harming eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart.
- In serious cases, Type II diabetes could lead to limb amputation and death if left untreated.
- The effects on nerves and your heart are often overlooked.
Blood sugar screenings are important to identify pre-diabetes and diabetes. Type II diabetes and its side effects can often be prevented or delayed by getting regular screenings, keeping up with physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight.
- About 38% of American adults have high cholesterol (total blood cholesterol ≥ 200 mg/dL).
- High cholesterol has no symptoms. Many people don’t know their cholesterol levels are high. A simple blood screening can determine if you are at-risk.
- High cholesterol can lead to hyperlipidemia, stroke, heart attack, peripheral vascular disease, and more.
- Having high blood cholesterol raises the risk for heart disease and for stroke.
Our Cholesterol screenings check for LDL, HDL, Triglycerides, and Total Cholesterol. While it is important for everyone to get screened, it is especially important for those who have heart disease, diabetes, or a family history of high cholesterol to be screened annually.