A BP for hypertension test is done to measure your blood pressure to check for any unusual symptoms. This is done using a pressure-measuring gauge that is wrapped around your arm to check your systolic and diastolic pressures (blood pressure monitor). A BP for hypertension test records how your blood presses against your arteries. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you may be recommended to undergo an electrocardiogram or an echocardiogram test to further evaluate your cardiovascular health.
A diabetic screen-fasting blood glucose test is done to check the level of glucose in your blood. A diabetic screen-fasting blood glucose test requires the patient to fast for 8 to 12 hours beforehand. This test is a method of diagnosing diabetes, prediabetes, gestational diabetes (diabetes which is present during pregnancy but goes away after giving birth) and type 2 diabetes (lifestyle-related diabetes). These conditions usually do not present symptoms at first. However, if your blood glucose levels are higher than normal during a diabetic screen-fasting blood glucose test, it may be a sign of diabetes.
A HBA1C test is performed through a blood test to check for the amount of glucose that binds to hemoglobin (protein in your red blood cells) in the blood. This test is similar to a diabetic screen-fasting blood glucose test as it examines the average amount of glucose in your blood for the past 3 months. A high level of HBA1C is likely a sign of heart disease.
A lipid profile-cholesterol test is typically done to check your cardiovascular health for any abnormalities. It measures for the amount of lipids (fat molecules) in your blood and checks for 5 types of lipids, such as:
A lipid-profile cholesterol test is performed by collecting blood samples from the patient. It can evaluate the patient’s risk of heart disease such as myocardial infection (heart attacks). It can also diagnose conditions such as pancreatic inflammation or thyroid dysfunction.
A metabolic syndrome screening helps your doctor know if you are suffering from conditions such as diabetes or heart disease and develop a treatment plan for you. This is important as metabolic syndrome does not come with immediate symptoms. You should also let your doctor know about your medical history as women who have experienced diabetes during pregnancy are at risk of developing metabolic syndrome. Those who have a family history of diabetes may also be at risk.
Some symptoms that may require a metabolic syndrome screening include: