Screening – the secret to staying healthy

The fairly mysterious notion of Total Health Screening has lately become popular thanks to Ewa Chodakowska.

The well-known trainer decided to take preventive healthcare seriously and “screen” her entire body from head to toe, promoting health prevention among her fans.

What does this “screening” involve and why is it important to get examined even when you feel just fine?

 It doesn’t have to be painful

The majority of us are terrified of diseases such as cancer, atherosclerosis, diabetes, arterial hypertension, and stroke, because they pose a serious threat not only to our health but also to our life. However, not many people know that the danger they pose can be minimised. There is one important condition: they need be diagnosed at an early stage, because the earlier the diagnosis, the more effective the treatment. It’s not that hard, but you need to undergo preventive check-ups on a regular basis, even if you seem to be feeling just fine. Why is it so important? “There is a reason why people often say cancer doesn’t hurt, but there are more diseases which develop quietly, without showing any characteristic symptoms for a long time. If this is the case, even if you feel fine there may already be dangerous changes taking place in your body.

Regularity matters

You should start paying more attention to exams, especially when you turn 30. Undergoing them regularly, even when you feel well, will become a habit and make it more likely that you won’t be surprised by disease in the future. Which exams and how frequently you have them mainly depends on the patient’s sex, age, and genetic load. There are, however, certain universal considerations. “We should all test our blood, perform a full blood count, and check our glucose and cholesterol levels at least once a year. It is also important to perform urinalysis, a chest X-ray, ultrasonography of the abdominal cavity, and ECG. This is the bare minimum for providing basic information about your health.

Eight hours and you know it all

It’s worth “screening” your body more thoroughly from time to time by undergoing more advanced examinations. Which exams should you choose and how can you find the time? Medical facilities strive to make the entire procedure as minimally time-consuming and burdensome as possible. Screening is one of the ways you can undergo a head-to-toe examination in a short period of time. Ewa Chodakowska has recently created a buzz around the solution by undergoing it at the Medicover Hospital in Warsaw. What does the screening involve? “Screening is a comprehensive set of preventive examinations, including numerous laboratory tests, MRI and CT scans, as well as a whole series of X-ray and ultrasound examinations. It is very important to our patients that getting examined takes no longer than one day, up to eight hours in practice,”.

The condition of all your most important systems and organs is tested during the screening. “Considering that currently 46% of deaths are caused by diseases of the cardiovascular system, and 25% by cancer, we place great weight on diagnosing such diseases and identifying their risk factors,” the expert adds. Screening also allows diabetes and atherosclerosis to be detected at an early stage, as well as neoplastic foci and all inflammations. The results also allow specialists to determine the risk of stroke and myocardial infarction, and to assess the predisposition to breast, ovarian, and cervical cancer in women. “We found pathological changes in 70% of patients undergoing screening. Among them were also cases of serious diseases, such as cancer or brain aneurysms. Thanks to the early diagnosis we were able to intervene immediately, which has meant the patients are enjoying good health today,”.

The phrases “stressed out” and “constantly busy” describe many of us. There is always something that seems more important than preventive examinations. Getting examined today doesn’t mean you need to take a few days off work and spend that time in a hospital. It is worth putting aside that one day a year to take care of what is most important – your health.


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