As women get older, they lose bone density. Making sure they maintain proper calcium intake helps prevent this, but the female sex hormone contributes to it in part. Losing bone density can result in a condition called osteoporosis. Osteoporosis makes bones brittle and more susceptible to breaking. Microfractures are common. Osteomyelitis is a related condition, but it is thought of as more of a warning sign. Doctors give this diagnosis to people who are in danger of developing brittle bones but may be able to prevent it.
The disease is frequently associated with elderly women, but it can strike anyone. If anyone suspects they might be at risk, they should undergo an ultrasound scan. The ultrasound scan measures bone density, and, unlike an X-ray, does not expose the patient to harmful radiation. Images are generated through sound waves instead.
These screening services do more than just check for conditions that can be found though an ultrasound. People who come to the clinic can also go an EKG. While this test requires a person to be strapped to a bunch of wires, it only takes a few minutes. Peeling off the stickers may take a bit longer, depending on how much hair is on a person’s chest. It can detect various heart problems including abnormal rhythms.
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Screening services can be done on an individual basis or as part of a health event. Anyone who wishes to use Lifeline Screening Services can do so by scheduling an appointment. No one needs to wonder if they have a problem.