Most of us will reach a point in our lives when we start to worry about our health. You may wonder if you have any underlying health issues or an increased risk of conditions that run in your family. If you are having these concerns, it may be time to consider investing in a health assessment.
Health assessments have become a key component in healthcare and can help prevent serious health issues or increase people’s chances of survival for life-threatening diseases in the future. This article discusses the factors to consider before booking a health assessment – and the best time to book.
What Is a Health Assessment?
A health assessment is an in-depth health check that uses a range of medical tests to give you a clear view of your overall health and mental wellbeing. The purpose of a health assessment is to help you address any concerns you may have regarding your family history or uncover any underlying conditions that you might not be aware of.
It enables you to make necessary lifestyle changes to prevent or reduce your risk of developing specific health conditions. Increasingly, more people are choosing this service to help them put their minds at ease as they can take control of their health by better understanding it.
A typical health assessment consists of a set of questions surrounding personal behaviours, life-changing events, and family history. Depending on the health assessment package you choose, you may also undergo a series of tests such as CT scans, MRI scans, ultrasounds and blood tests.
If you book a health assessment with Echelon Health, you will receive attentive care from start to finish. Your dedicated client liaison manager will greet you upon arrival before completing any last-minute paperwork. You will also be accompanied throughout your health assessment to ensure that everything goes smoothly, and you feel comfortable.
Your experience will conclude with a thorough review of your results and a consultation with one of our doctors, who will be able to answer any outstanding questions and offer some suggestions on what to do if further steps are needed. For more information, visit our medical facility page for a step-by-step guide on what a health assessment entails at Echelon Health.
When Is the Best Time to Get a Health Assessment?
Regular health assessments hold huge importance. Preventable diseases like diabetes and cancer continue to take many people’s lives each year. Sadly, many of these cases could have been prevented with the right lifestyle changes. For example, a healthy diet and regular exercise could prevent the risk of stroke.
Health assessments are essential as they evaluate your health and identify your risk for these diseases. You can then make the necessary lifestyle changes to better your health and lower your risk of deadly diseases like diabetes.
So, when is the best time to book a health assessment? You must take several factors into consideration, such as age and profession. Let’s explore them in more detail below.
Age plays a vital role in health assessments. As we grow older, we have an increased risk of health complications and illnesses and our physical and mental capacity decreases. Therefore, we must undergo health assessments to ensure our health needs are being met.
Health assessments can help you detect early signs of disease so you can work quickly to treat them before they become uncontrollable. You should aim to start getting regular check-ups around the age of 40. This gives you time to make necessary lifestyle changes to prevent your risk of serious diseases.
If you have a stressful job, it may be worth getting a health check. Stress has been linked to many serious health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. There are beneficial packages, such as our healthy heart package, which can help you detect issues resulting from increased stress.
Corporate health checks are also available at Echelon Health. They provide organisations with a range of health assessments for their employees to ensure they are in good health. Learn more about our corporate services by visiting our page.
If you take up a new hobby like running, this can be strenuous. It may be worth getting a check-up to assess areas of your body like your heart. This will allow you to identify whether you are healthy enough to partake in this hobby without causing yourself harm. Many cardiologists recommend this, and it can give you peace of mind that you can enjoy your new hobby without putting your health at risk.
Frequent check-ups are necessary if you have a complex medical history. For example, if certain diseases run in your family – or you have an increased risk of a specific condition, a health assessment can help you make lifestyle changes to assist in prevention.
You should also consider frequent check-ups if you lead an unhealthy lifestyle. For example, if you smoke, drink alcohol, or are overweight. Check out some of our disease prevention tips below:
- Manage your weight through a balanced diet and exercise
- Be aware of family medical history
- Manage stress levels
- Quit unhealthy habits like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
Health Assessment Benefits
Health assessments are becoming increasingly important. Not only can they help us better understand our health, but they can also help us prevent our risk of severe diseases like cancer and heart disease. If you ever needed a reason to book a health assessment, look at a few of the benefits below:
- It helps clients identify health risks during their initial stages so necessary lifestyle changes can be made to prevent them from spiralling out of control
- Takes family history into consideration so advice can be given about prevention and treatment of specific conditions
- Keeps your mind at ease by giving you a clear overview of your health
- Enables you to be proactive at bettering your health
What’s Included in A Health Assessment?
Depending on what health assessment you choose what it includes will vary. Take a look at Echelon Health’s health assessment packages as an example. Our flagship Platinum Assessment package offers a comprehensive health screening that consists of the following tests and scans:
- Blood Tests
- CT Aorta
- CT Heart
- CT Coronary Angiogram
- CT Chest
- CT Pelvis
- CT Virtual Colonoscopy
- CT Bone Density
- CT Upright Skeleton
- MRI Brain
- MRI Cerebral Artery Angiogram
- MRI Carotid Artery Angiogram
- MRI Prostate
- Ultrasound Thyroid
- Ultrasound Testes/Ovaries
- Digital Mammogram
- Full Body Mole Screen
Whereas our Healthy Heart or Core Cancer packages, have a smaller range of scans and tests to only focus on the area of concern. Some of the tests you can see in our health screening packages include blood tests, ECG, CT scans, MRI scans, ultrasounds, bone density scans and more.
At Echelon Health, we are proud to say that our range of health assessments has proven successful at detecting multiple different diseases such as cancers, diseases of the respiratory system, circulatory system, and digestive system. Our state-of-the-art imaging technology offers an in-depth look inside their body to help our clients make necessary lifestyle changes to better their health.
The technology that we have at our disposal combined with the years of medical experience of our specialist consultants allow us to detect up to 92% and 94% of preventable causes of death among men and women, respectively. If you want to know more about what our assessments can detect, check out our page for more information.
Please note that we also offer a bespoke package that you can tailor to your personal needs. If you would like to enquire about our health assessment programmes, please get in touch with one of our friendly team members and we will be very happy to help.