If you could predict your future health, would you want to know the outcome?
A series of free online tools are now available to help you determine your risk for heart disease, cancer, stroke and other conditions.
The assessments take just a few minutes to complete. You answer several questions designed to provide basic information related to your family medical history, current health status, behaviors and lifestyle. In return, you get a report that can help you understand how your lifestyle and habits today can affect your health now and in the future. Armed with that knowledge, you can take steps to address medical concerns before it’s too late.
Steve Kulick, MD, ProHealth Care’s chief medical officer, states, “As the community’s health care resource, we are offering these free online tools and education to help consumers identify their risks for a variety of medical conditions. We want to arm individuals with the information they need to help motivate them to adopt a healthier lifestyle or simply make healthier choices.”
The tools are located at ProHealthCare.org/KnowYourRisk. Simply click on the health topics that interest you most. Choose from heart disease, lung cancer, colon cancer, stroke, breast cancer, diabetes, sleep apnea, urinary incontinence, peripheral artery disease and knee and hip pain.
Upon completion of each assessment, your responses will be scored and risk factors will be identified. You will receive a personal report that summarizes your health risks and identifies any potential medical concerns. The report also includes helpful tips to reduce your risks and special offers related to early detection or education.
When disease is identified in its earliest stage, a greater number of treatment options exist and lifestyle modification may be enough to prevent future issues. Primary care physicians and advanced care practitioners play a crucial role in early detection and disease prevention. Health risk assessments support their care by extending their reach beyond clinic walls.
“It’s my hope that individuals who complete the assessments will take the results seriously and address their health risks and concerns with their physician,” Dr. Kulick said. “Together they can discuss screening or testing options and target areas for improvement.”
The assessments may encourage individuals who do not have a primary care relationship to consider selecting a physician to help monitor and manage their health. ProHealth Care offers a free physician referral service. Call 262-928-2745.
Some of the assessments require information such as blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and blood sugar levels. If you have had these tests performed in the past, you can get your results from your physician’s office. If you do not have a physician relationship or you have not been tested, you can schedule a biometric screening. ProHealth Care is offering a special package available at five locations in Waukesha County. Call 262-928-5900 to learn more. The cost is $42, and payment is required at the time of the appointment.
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For a century, ProHealth Care has been the health care leader in Waukesha County and surrounding areas, providing outstanding care across a full spectrum of services. The people of ProHealth Care strive to continuously improve the health and well-being of the community by combining skill, compassion and innovation. The ProHealth family includes Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Wisconsin, ProHealth Care Medical Associates clinics, Moreland Surgery Center, AngelsGrace Hospice, ProHealth Home Care, West Wood Health & Fitness Center and Regency Senior Communities. Learn more at ProHealthCare.org.