Preventive screenings and tests save lives. Unfortunately,
many do not routinely follow some basic health screening recommendations.
screenings can identify a previously undiagnosed condition or risk of
condition. This allows physicians to intervene early with treatments and
therapies to control the condition or inform the individual of lifestyle
changes that can be taken to improve health outcomes and costs.
For example, screening for high blood pressure and high blood
cholesterol is an important first step in identifying individuals who are
at risk for chronic diseases but may be undiagnosed. Screening and
appropriate follow-up for high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol can
also save the lives of those at risk for heart disease.
Early detection and treatment for diabetes can improve health, and the
CDC recommends health professionals screen high-risk patients
periodically, even when those individuals are visiting their doctor for
another reason. Such opportunistic screenings can alert a health
professional to troubling results requiring follow-up care.
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