Free Screenings offered at UH Samaritan Urgent Care

By Steven Baldridge

 Out of sight, out of mind is not necessarily a motto to apply to every area of life. What you don’t know can hurt you, very much. How is your blood pressure? What about your blood sugar? And your cholesterol levels? You might be thinking “I don’t really want to know.” Think again. Ignorance is not bliss if ignorance leads to your own funeral way too early. On the other hand you might say to yourself “I feel fine. I don’t need to bother with one more test.” I understand the sentiment but even if you feel fine, exercise on a regular basis, try to eat right, and get enough sleep, you could still be missing something important. Unless we look specifically for them, some serious health issues may not be recognized until damage to our health has already taken place. Find it soon, fix it or control it relatively easily. Find it later and your first symptom could be your last. What you don’t know can hurt you.

 At University Hospitals we want you healthy. If you are healthy without our help, that’s fantastic. If you need our help, that’s what we are here for. But first, are you healthy? Simple health screenings can detect some common disease conditions when they are most treatable, and can be helpful in monitoring health concerns you are currently treating.

University Hospitals offers no cost Biometric screenings (blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol) at

Kettering Urgent Care in Loudonville from 9:30-11:00 am the 1st Monday of the month.
UH Samaritan Richland Urgent Care in Mansfield from 9:30-11:00 am the 2nd Thursday of every month.
UH Samaritan Urgent Care in Ashland from 9:30-11:00 am the 3rd Thursday of every month.

New London Urgent Care from 9:30-11:00 am the 4th Monday of every month.

A 12 hour fast prior to screening is recommended but not required, and no registration is required. Results are ready in a matter of minutes, not “next week”. Follow-up appointments with urgent care providers will be available to the patient if needed.

 Why have we chosen these tests?

Blood Sugar check. Uncontrolled hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) can damage the vessels that supply blood to vital organs – ALL vital organs. This can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, vision problems, and nerve problems. Fasting blood sugar is usually suggested but even a random check can be helpful for tracking, as long as we realize it is random.

Blood pressure check. High blood pressure is associated with heart disease, diabetes, and an increased potential for kidney failure, heart attack and stroke. Once again, any disease that damages blood vessels to one body part can damage every organ. Which organ will be damaged? It’s hard to say, but which one do you want to try to live without?

Total Cholesterol. Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like, waxy substance found in the bloodstream and in all of your body’s cells. Cholesterol is an important part of a healthy body because it’s used for producing cell membranes, some hormones and serves other needed bodily functions. When there is too much cholesterol in your blood, it builds up in your arteries and can eventually increase your chances of developing heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends getting a baseline test at age 10, then repeating the test every four to six years for people at average risk of high cholesterol.

HDL Cholesterol is known as the “good” cholesterol because high levels of HDL can protect against heart disease. Medical experts believe HDL carries LDL cholesterol away from the arteries and removes excess cholesterol from arterial plaque, slowing its buildup. Higher HDL is desirable. Lower HDL may increase the risk of heart disease.

 We cannot correct or seek treatment for medical conditions if we don’t know what to watch out for or how to proceed. When it comes to our health, information is vital. Generally, the sooner you and your doctor can identify and treat any medical condition, the better the outcome. That’s why knowing your risks, getting screened for higher risk areas, and following up with professional healthcare providers regularly is so important.

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