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24 November 2009 :: 00:11:11 am 2530

How Long is a Piece of String?

It’s that time of year again. The end of a stressful 12 months for most people, a time of Xmas parties to try and forget, and over-indulgence on a grand scale.
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Not that I’m against over-indulgence, other than the following morning when once more I take the pledge! But to survive the indulgences you do need a basic level of fitness. How is your level?

November/December is also that time of year during which the hospital offers some cut-price check-up packages so you can see just how fit (or otherwise) you really are.

There are four check-up packages, ranging from B. 2,900 to B. 40,000, but unfortunately, asking “What package should I have,” is almost like asking “How long is a piece of string?” However, there are some general guidelines depending on your age and your personal and family medical histories. I shall try and unravel that piece of string for you now.

If you are a non-smoker, under 30 years of age, play sport every weekend, train regularly during the week, have never visited a doctor other than childhood immunizations and have both sets of grandparents alive and well, then a very simple general check-up is all that is needed. You are not at high risk, but it is good to have a baseline to compare against as you get older!

If you are under 40 years of age, but have given up the regular training and weekend sport, your ‘risk’ category is higher and now is the time to look at your cardiovascular system in particular. Lipid (blood fats) profile and a check on your red and white cells and a blood sugar reading will cover most major future problem areas. There is also the personal question of sexual history. If you have been visiting the horizontal pleasure palaces (and you know what I mean), then you should add in an AIDS and Hepatitis screen as well!

By the time you are in the 40-50 age bracket, physical wear and tear has become evident. Now is the time you should be looking at exercise stress tests and vascular screening (called the ABI or Ankle Brachial Index). Now is also the time to apply yourself to correct any lifestyle factors which are going against your general health. By the way, if you are female then you should throw a Pap Smear and Mammogram into the annual equation as well.

After passing the magic 50 number, you are now ‘at risk’. If you have become overweight, smoke cigarettes and get no exercise, then (if you are a male), you should add in your prostate cancer screen, the PSA blood test, (as well as AIDS/Hepatitis if you are still indulging in ‘viagorous’ clandestine horizontals).

By the time you pass 60, then it is prudent to check everything from head to toe. Really! If you are having any doubts about your health, then it might be worth the more detailed checks.

Please remember that these recommendations are very general. If you have been having some symptoms of disease, or have a poor family history, then discuss these with the doctor before deciding which check-up package and add-ons you should have. The important factor is to get into the habit of regular check-ups.
Your children will thank you.

Grand Executive Check-up Packages Premier Superior Deluxe Essential
 

Regular price (THB.)

40,000

19,800

12,500

5,800

 

Special price (THB.)

20,000

9,900
6,250
2,900
 

Check Up Program

1

Physical Examination

X

X

X

X

2

Eye Examination

X

X

X

3

Dental Examination

X

4

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

X

X

X

X

5

Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS)

X

X

X

X

6

Lipid Profile        
 Cholesterol

X

X

X

X

 
 Triglyceride

X

X

X

X

   HDL – Cholesterol

X

X

X

X

   LDL – Cholesterol

X

X

X

X

7

Liver Function Tests        
   SGOT

X

X

X

X

   SGPT

X

X

X

X

   Alk.Phos

X

X

X

X

   Total Protein

X

X

X

X

   Bilirubin

X

X

X

   Gamma GT

X

8

Kidney Function Tests        
   Blood urea nitrogen (BUN)

X

X

X

X

   Creatinine

X

X

X

X

9

Gout (Uric Acid)

X

X

X

X

10

Hepatitis B Profile (HBs Ag, Anti-HBS, Anti-HBc)

X

 HBs Ag

X

X

11

Hepatitis A Virus  (Anti-HAV IgG)

X

12

Hepatitis C Virus (Anti-HCV)

X

13

AIDS (Anti-HIV)

X

14

Venereal Disease blood test (VDRL)

X

X

15

Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP)

X

X

X

16

Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA)

X

X

X

17

Thyroid hormone (T3,T4,TSH)

X

18

Prothrombin Time(PT)

X

19

Urine Examination

X

X

X

X

20

Stool Examination

X

X

X

21

Chest X-Ray

X

X

X

X

22

Ultrasound Whole Abdomen

X

X

X

23

Upper GI  X-ray

X

X

24

Electrocardiogram (EKG)

X

X

X

X

25

Vascular Screening (Ankle Brachial Index :ABI)

X

X

26

Exercise Stress Test (EST)

X

X

27
Echocardiogram

X

28

Cancer screening (nose) by Sinuscope

X

29

Hearing Test (Audiogram)

X

X

X

30

Pulmonary Function Test

X

31

Bone Density of  Lumbar Spine

X

32

Superior Room Ward 10E (1 Night)

X

         
Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Health

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