FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS AT THE EXPO. CLICK HERE! - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS AT THE EXPO. CLICK HERE!

Free Young at Heart Expo screenings are provided by Bienvenue Aesthetics, Christus Saint Patrick's Health, Hart Eye Center & Southern Home Health.

You can get a variety of free health screenings done at the expo. including one for rosecea. It's a skin disorder that can cause a person's face to look red all the time. Usually it shows up on the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose but sometimes it affects the ears, chest and back as well.

Rosacea can cause tiny pimples and swelling and more than 50% of people affected also have burning, red, watery eyes too. The cause for rosacea is unknown. Some researchers believe it's a disorder of the blood vessels that causes vessels to swell. Others believe a tiny mite called Demodex folliculorum that lives in hair follicles could be involved.

While rosacea cannot be cured, it can be treated and controlled.

Bienvenue Aesthetics will be offering free roscacea screenings all day.

Screenings for cholesterol are important for people over 50 and will be available at the expo. as well.

There are two types of cholesterol: "Good" HDL and "Bad" LDL. Too much of one type or not enough of anothers can put you at risk for heart disease.

LDL is produced naturally in your body but you can inherit genes that cause you to make too much. Your diet can increase it too through saturated fat, trans fats and dietary cholesterol. You'll have to work with your doctor to see if you can control your LDL levels through diet or will need medication.

High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, heart attack and stroke that can be controlled. It can bond to other substances and form a thick deposit that can narrow the arteries making them less flexible. This condition is called atherosclerosis and it increases your overall risk for heart problems.

Christus St. Patrick's hospital will be offering free cholesterol screenings all day.

If your vision is getting cloudy, another screening at the Expo will be for cataracts.

A cataract is when the normal clear lens of the eye grows cloudy like a frosted window. The amount of cloudiness can vary and if it's not near the center of the lens, you may not even realize that you have a cataract.

A cataract will not spread from one eye to another and is not a cause of irreversible blindness.

Common cataract symptoms include a painless blurring of vision, poor night vision, double vision in only one eye, a fading of colors, sensitivity to light, and needing a brighter light to read.

Hart Eye Center will be offering free cataract screenings all day.

Blood glucose tests can help detect hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia and diabetes. Blood glucose can be tested after an 8 hour fast, after a meal, randomly or as part of an oral glucose tolerance test. The American Diabetes Association suggests either the fasting glucose or the oral glucose test be used twice at different times to confirm a diabetes diagnosis. Your doctor can decide what test method is best for you. Early detection can help reduce risk of complications.

Could you have Diabetes and Not Know it? Take the test. Know your score. See Southern Home Health for a risk assessment for Diabetes. If you are at risk see your doctor for a blood glucose test.

Another screening available at the Expo. will be for blood pressure. There are no symptoms to warn you when your blood pressure is high.

The two numbers you get from your doctor measure the force of the blood in your arteries as the heart beats and relaxes. The top number (systolic) measures the pressure when your heart beats. The bottom number (diastolic) measures the pressure between the beats.

High blood pressure (hypertension), causes your heart and arteries to work harder. While that's okay in the short term, over the years your heart can become enlarged and open the door to a variety of problems in your other organs.

High blood pressure ups your risk of stroke, congestive heart failure, kidney failure and heart attack.

Your blood pressure is considered high if you have a systolic pressure higher than 140 or a diastolic pressure 90 or higher. A healthy adult has a blood pressure of less than 120/80. As blood pressure shoot higher, each time it goes up by 20 over 10 your risk of cardiovascular diseas doubles.

Southern Home Health will be offering free blood pressure screenings all day.

 

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