The popularity of health screenings at international hospitals is growing because they are so useful to analyze one’s health. To make the most of the program and maximize the accuracy of the measurements, the patient must do a few things to get ready. Here are five key ways to prepare for a health screening.
1. Fast for 12 hours before the the health screening program starts – all the way up to when the blood test is done. Fasting includes skipping all foods and liquids except for water. All medications may be taken except for medications that must be taken after food (such as anti-diabetic medicine).
2. Bring gym shorts, a t-shirt, and running shoes for the heart stress test which is done on a treadmill. Depending on your physical shape, you may be actually running and sweating.
3. Drink lots of water prior to arrival. The nurses will ask to get a urine sample from you, so it is helpful to be ready to go. Also, for the abdominal ultrasound, your bladder will need to be full so that the doctor can get an accurate image. There will be water provided at the department as well. Some programs have radiology equipment inside the health screening department. Others will require you to walk to the Radiology Department in another part of the hospital. The administrators will explain how to get there.
4. Bring your passport. The patient form requires passport information.
5. Allow time for the screening program. It may take less than two hours, but depending on how many people are going through that day it may take longer. Most programs will provide food after all of the tests are done. Also, determine when you’ll be able to review the results. If your program is in the morning, then results will be available usually by 2pm in the afternoon. If you can’t review it on the same day, try to have a day and time in mind when you can come back in to meet with the doctor.
If you are able to follow all of these guidelines, then you are prepared for a very accurate health screening and analysis of your state of health!