Ridgefield: Biometric screenings at RVNA start July 11


Jim Gareau of Ridgefield had his blood pressure taken recently by Margarita Garces-Shapiro, RN at RVNA’s Center for Exceptional Care.

Jim Gareau of Ridgefield had his blood pressure taken recently by Margarita Garces-Shapiro, RN at RVNA’s Center for Exceptional Care.

Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association will be offering weekly walk-in biometric health screenings on Mondays from 11 to 1 at RVNA offices beginning July 11.

Cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings will be offered. No appointments are necessary and appointments for other days and times can be made.

“When people know their numbers, they are better able to measure and understand their individual health risks for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, heart attack, and other health conditions,” said Barbara Newland, Director of Community Health & Wellness for RVNA.

The cholesterol screening measures total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), and triglycerides. These values are used to calculate low-density lipoprotein levels (LDL). This test can help determine whether someone is predisposed to risk factors that might contribute to heart disease.

The blood pressure screening is a simple test that will help determine if an individual is within a healthy, risk-free range. High blood pressure is typically symptom-free but can cause serious problems, including eye disease, stroke, heart failure, heart attack, and kidney failure. Despite how widespread it is and damaging it can be, high blood pressure is still misunderstood, or ignored by the majority of people.

The blood glucose screening measures the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood at the time of sample collection. The screening detects both high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), both of which identify those at risk for diabetes or monitor glucose levels in people with diabetes. Left untreated, diabetes causes glucose to build up in the blood and, over a period of time, high blood glucose levels may harm your eyes, kidneys, nerves, or heart.  This test can be done either as a fasting test (only water consumed for six hours prior to the test) or non-fasting.  Fasting blood glucose screening is generally considered the most accurate way to measure blood glucose levels, but test results will reflect the fasting status as of the time of the test and can be helpful either way.

RVNA registered nurses will administer the screenings and review results with each individual, and offer follow-up information and suggestions as needed. The cost (including consultation with RVNA registered nurse) is $25 for one, $50 for two, and $65 for all three.

According to Newland, this service can be very helpful to people that are trying to make changes in their diet and/or exercise in order to improve their blood pressure, cholesterol or blood glucose.  “Seeing those numbers go down can be very motivating to continue with lifestyle changes.  Tracking results is very important,” she said.

“We strive to provide health and wellness programs that create increased opportunities for people to live healthier, more productive lives,” said Newland. “This new weekly walk-in biomedical screening initiative is just part of the broad range of community-based preventative health services that RVNA offers.”

Cash and credit cards are accepted for these screenings, and receipts will be given.  Those with questions may call RVNA at 203-438-5555.

About RVNA

Founded in 1914, RVNA is an accredited non-profit Medicare-certified home healthcare agency that also supports public health and safety, and promotes the highest quality of life. RVNA provides compassionate care to all individuals, whether young or old, through a continuum of care that encompasses health care at home and in the community. RVNA also provides home health aides and companionship through a non-medical subsidiary called HomeCare by RVNA.

To Contact RVNA

Call RVNA at 203-438-5555. Visit RVNA at www.ridgefieldvna.org











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