Community health screenings at Rite Aid |

Community health screenings at Rite Aid

The Rite Aid store at 1020 Al Tahoe Blvd., will sponsor Community Health Screening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 4. The testing will include cholesterol, osteoporosis and heart disease screening.

Cholesterol Analysis: Today, with just one drop of blood from a finger, technicians can measure cholesterol in just seven minutes. The test is performed using the Clolestech LDXC, which is CLIA waived. People who want a full lipid profile must fast 12 hours prior to testing. Fasting is not necessary for just a cholesterol check.

Cardiovascular Disease: CVD is the single leading cause of death. The heart risk test utilizes non-invasive, FDA approved computerized oscillometry, which measures the elasticity of the brachial artery. This will determine any hardening of the arteries, which can lead to heart failure or stroke. In conjunction with the Heart test, if the person being screened provides technicians with Total, HDL/LDL and blood fat cholesterol, we can provide a Framingham Report, which determines the percentage of heart failure in the next 10 years. Short sleeves are requested for the CVD test.

Osteoporosis: The bone density test will be performed using the latest in technological advances approved by the FDA for the prevention, early detection and monitoring of treatments for this crippling disease. The FDA states that the test’s precision is comparable to that of the more expensive DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry,) yet costs only a fraction as much. The test requires the removal of one shoe, one sock (no hosiery) and scans the heel using Ultra Sound, so there is no harmful, cumulative radiation as compared to more conventional methods.

Each test takes approximately five minutes. These screenings are made possible only through heavily subsidized, mass screenings sponsored by participating Rite Aid pharmacies and support from local communities. Results are provided upon completion of each test. No appointments are necessary, but are recommended since appointments spread the testing more efficiently throughout the day. To schedule and appointment and for more information call the Screening Center toll free at (800) 547-6141.

The costs are: Heart Disease, $25; Framingham Report is $5 additional. A full cholesterol lipid panel is required for the Framingham Report and people can bring it from home or have one done that day; Osteoporosis Bone Density, $25; Cholesterol Analysis, $10 to $25 and remember to fast 12 hours for a full lipid panel.

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