Paid Content by Peninsula Regional Medical Center – Women’s Health Screening Program


♪>>>THIS SEGMENT OF DELMARVALIFE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY PENINSULA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER.>>>A FACT THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW, ONE IN FOUR WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES WILL DIE OF CORONARY HEART DISEASE. THE MOST COMMON TYPE OF HEART DISEASE, THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF BOTH MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT THE GOOD THING IS IT IS PREVENTABLE. YOU NEED TO KNOW YOUR NUMBERS.>>WE TALKED ABOUT HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN AND KNOWING THEIR NUMBER SINCE WE DEBUTED THE SHOW WHAT, FIVE YEARS AGO?>>FIVE YEARS AGO.>>AND EVERY TIME WE TALK ABOUT IT, I SAY TO MYSELF, WELL YOU DON’T KNOW THAT YOUR NUMBERS. NOW I DO THINGS TO PENINSULA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER’S FREE WOMEN’S HEART SCREENING.>>>WHEN IT COMES TO HEART HEALTH, IT IS ALL ABOUT NUMBERS. WE HAVE FOUND SO OFTEN THAT WITH HEART DISEASE, PATIENTS BRING PAYING ATTENTION TO THINGS LIKE THEIR NUMBERS LIKE CHOLESTEROL, BLOOD PRESSURE AND VITALS, IF THEY HAD KNOWN WHAT THEY WERE AT A YOUNGER AGE, THEY COULD HAVE TAKEN MORE PREVENTATIVE NUMBERS TO PREVENT THE DEVELOPMENT OF HEART DISEASE LATER ON IN LIFE. SO, WE WILL JUST GO AHEAD AND GRAB YOUR HEIGHT AND WEIGHT BEFORE WE HEAD BACK TO THE ROOM. IF YOU GIVE ME ONE SECOND HERE, I WILL JUST TURN THIS ON AND ZERO A WHILE. IT IS UP TO YOU IF YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF OR LEAVE THEM ON. NEXT, I WILL HAVE YOU PUT YOUR BACK TO IT AND FACE THE WALL OVER HERE FOR ME, AND LOOK STRAIGHT AHEAD, NICE AND TALL.>>FOR THIS SCREENING, THE NUMBERS BEGIN WITH HEIGHT AND WEIGHT IS A WAY TO FIGURE OUT YOUR BODY MASS INDEX. THOSE NUMBERS ARE USED AGAIN TO FIGURE OUT YOUR PERCENTAGE OF BODY FAT.>>SO ALL THAT YOU WILL DO SO THIS RIGHT OUT IN FRONT OF YOU, THUMBS UP SEE YOUR PALMS ON THE METAL SENSORS, AND YOU ARE REALLY JUST HOLDING ONTO IT TIGHT ENOUGH THAT YOU WOULDN’T DROP IT. NOT A TIGHT GRIP.>>FOR WOMEN, HIP TO WAIST RATIO IS ANOTHER IMPORTANT NUMBER AS STUDIES HAVE SHOWN A LINK BETWEEN BELLY FAT AND HEART DISEASE.>>I WILL JUST PUT NICE AND SNUG TO MAKE UP FOR CLOTHING, SO THAT IS PERFECT. ON THAT IS GOING TO BE VERY GOOD NUMBERS, YOU WILL BE VERY HAPPY WITH THIS.>>THE REST OF THE NUMBERS COME FROM THE INSIDE, STARTING WITH A LIPID PROFILE.>>IF YOU’RE READY, YOU WILL FEEL A SLIGHT STICK ON YOUR FINGER, OKAY? ALL DONE.>>OH, THAT WASN’T SO BAD. IS NOT TERRIBLE. YOU’RE ACTUALLY ABLE TO GET YOUR TOTAL CHOLESTEROL, HDL AND FASTING GLUCOSE ALL FROM A FINGER STICK. IT JUST A LITTLE FINGER PRICK, A FEW DOTS OF BLOOD RATHER THAN A WHOLE LAB DRAW WERE SOMETIMES PATIENTS HAVE ISSUES LIKE ROLLING VEINS, SMALL VEINS AND BRUISES, AND WE CAN ELIMINATE ALL OF THAT WITH JUST A FINGER STICK.>>AFTER THAT, CAROLYN TAKES MY BLOOD PRESSURE.>>BLOOD PRESSURE, WE ARE STILL USING THE 120/80 NUMBER. IDEALLY, WE LIKE PEOPLE TO BE LESS THAN 120 OR 80, SO KNOWING WHAT YOUR BASELINE IS AND KNOWING SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAN THAT, SO IF YOU GO INTO THE DOCTOR ONE DAY AND HAVE A 138 OR 148 READING OVER 88, YOU KNOW THAT YOUR NORMAL IS 120/80, THAT IS PRETTY ELEVATED FOR YOU. YOU WANT TO MAKE YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN AND THE DOCTORS SEEING YOU AT THE TIME AWARE OF THAT BUT IT IS NOT YOUR NORMAL.>>THE NEXT NUMBERS TO CHECKER THE OXYGEN LEVEL OF THE BLOOD IN HER RIGHT.>>VERY GOOD, 98 PERCENT OXYGEN, 65 PERCENT HEART RATE, EXCELLENT.>>NOW, ONTO THE EKG OR ELECTROCARDIOGRAM. THE SENSORS ATTACHED TO MY CHEST, CAROLYN IS ABLE TO MEASURE THE ELECTRICAL ACTIVITY OF MY HEART, KNOWING HOW ELECTRICAL WAVES PASS THROUGH THE HEART CAN HELP IN DETERMINING IF PARTS OF THE HEART ARE TOO LARGE OR OVERWORKED.>>SO, WHAT I WILL HAVE YOU DO IS JUST STAY THERE NICE AND STILL LIKE YOU ARE, AND I WILL JUST LET YOUR EKG RUN FOR A MINUTE OR SO TO SEE IF ANYTHING COMES UP, MAYBE AN EXTRA OR A MISSED BEAT, IT’S SOMETHING LIKE THAT. I DON’T SEE ANY ABNORMALITIES, WE WILL JUST GO AHEAD AND PRINT THAT.>>NOW IT IS TIME TO CRUNCH NUMBERS. CAROLYN PUTS ALL OF THE NUMBERS INTO A REPORT THAT THE PATIENT CAN TAKE WITH THEM. ANOTHER REPORT IS SENT TO THE PATIENT’S PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN. THE EKG WILL BE READ BY A CARDIOLOGIST ON STAFF. BUT, BEFORE SHE LET ME GO, SHE WENT OVER MY NUMBERS WITH ME.>>IT IS BASED ON AGE CATEGORIES, SO WE WILL LOOK AT THE 50 TO 59 AGE CATEGORY. THE AVERAGE BODY FAT PERCENTAGE FALLS TO 30.1 AND 33.4 PERCENT, AND YOU’RE RIGHT IN THE CENTER OF THE AVERAGE RANGE, 32.1 PERCENT BODY FAT, SO THAT IS VERY GOOD.>>THE WOMEN’S HEART SCREENING IS AVAILABLE TO WOMEN 18 YEARS AND OLDER. IS UNIQUE TO THE PRMC PROGRAM AND GIVES WOMEN A BASELINE TO FOLLOW FROM YEAR TO YEAR.>>I LIKE TO TARGET WOMEN IN THEIR 20s AND 30S, TO REACH THEM BEFORE ISSUES ARRIVED AND BLOOD PRESSURE STARTS TO ELEVATE, BEFORE THE NUMBERS ELEVATE SO THEY ARE AWARE OF WHAT THE NORMAL IS AND WHERE TO STAY, AND TO KNOW THAT AS YOU GET OLDER, THE NUMBERS MAY INCREASE, BUT TO BE AWARE OF THEM.>>AND NOT ONLY DO I KNOW MY NUMBERS, BUT I HAVE THEM IN THIS FOLDER FOR FUTURE REFERENCE, WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT.>>SO WITHOUT ASKING SPECIFICS, THEY WERE GOOD, RIGHT?>>THEY WORK GOOD.>>THAT IS AWESOME. MATTER OF FACT, JOINING US ON THE COUCHES TODAY IS PRMC EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST CAROLINE WE JUST SAW GHIBLI SERVICE TRAINING. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>SHE WAS A TROOPER.>>SHEILA GRAY. SHE HANDLED EVERYTHING WE THREW AT HER AND DID IT WITH A SMILE.>>TELL ME THE TRUTH, HOW WAS SHE WITH THE FINGERPRINT?>>I THINK SHE LIKED DOING HER WEIGHT LESS THAN THE FINGERPRINT BUT SHE DID IT ALL FLAWLESSLY. [LAUGHTER] >>I WAS PUSHING THE CAMERA MAN AWAY. [LAUGHTER] >>BUT SOMETHING I TOOK WHAT WAS REALLY IS OF MINE. I FEEL THAT THESE AFTER IT WAS ALL DONE.>>YES, ABSOLUTELY. WE HAVE OUR PATIENTS COME IN BECAUSE WE WANT TO FIND SOMETHING IF THERE’S AN ISSUE THAT ARISES, BUT THE BEST CASE SCENARIO, YOU COME IN WITH GREAT NUMBERS AND NOW HAVE A BASELINE TO BUILD OFF OF. PATIENTS KNOW AND HAVE A GOOD IDEA OF WHEN THEY ARE MAKING SMART CHOICES, THEY SEE THE RESULTS IN THE NUMBERS ARE GREAT. OR MAYBE, IF THEY NEED TO MAKE BETTER CHOICES TO SEE WHERE WE CAN MAKE CHANGES.>>SO, IS THIS SOMETHING THAT SHE WILL JUST TOSS IN THE DRAWER AT HOME?>>I WOULD HOPE NOT. WE LIKE TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE ABOUT YOU’RE ABLE TO DO THE SCREENING ONCE YEARS HAVE REALLY TAKE THE NUMBERS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND REFER BACK TO THEM. I ALWAYS ENCOURAGE PATIENTS FOR INSTANCE, IF YOU CAME IN AND MAYBE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE WAS A LITTLE ELEVATED TO START KEEPING A LOG OF HOMES AND NOW HAVE A STARTING POINT. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, WE CAN KEEP A LOG INTO THE SAME THING WITH YOUR WEIGHT AND CHOLESTEROL, ALL OF THOSE BITS OF INFORMATION BUT YOU WANT FOR REFER BACK TO WHERE WE STARTED.>>SO UNFORTUNATELY, NOT EVERYBODY WALKS AWAY WITH GOOD NUMBERS. SO HOW DO YOU FOLLOW UP WITH THOSE PEOPLE?>>ABSOLUTELY. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE DO WITH OUR PROGRAM IS DON’T JUST GIVE YOU THE NUMBERS EXPECTED KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THEM ALL THE TIME BECAUSE NOT EVERYBODY DOES. YOUR INFORMATION TO YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN AS WELL, WITH THE INFORMATION HIGHLIGHTED AND EXPLAINED WHAT EACH SCREEN WAS AND WHY WE DID IT BUT THEN, MAKING SURE THE PHYSICIAN IS AWARE. CONCERNED ABOUT THIS NUMBER, PLEASE FOLLOW UP WITH YOUR PATIENT REGARDING THIS. WE HAVE OUR EKGS LOOK OVER BY OUR MEDICAL DIRECTOR JEFFREY WILLARD WAS A CARDIOLOGIST. IF HE FEELS THAT THE PATIENT IS A FOLLOW-UP WITH A SPECIALIST, WE MAKE SURE YOU AND YOUR PRIMARY CARE ARE AWARE THAT MOVING FORWARD.>>AND THE COST FOR ALL THIS IS MY FAVORITE PRICE.>>ZERO DOLLARS.>>ZERO DOLLARS! FREE!>>AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED SOMETIMES IT MAY BE THE INFORMATION IS BEING SENT TO THEIR INSURANCE COMPANY WHICH MIGHT AFFECT SOMETHING. WE DON’T GO THROUGH INSURANCE AT ALL, WHETHER YOU HAVE IT.

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