Everything you need to know about a Full Body Check-up

Rigid schedules, ‘bearable’ pain, and paracetamols are the most common reasons for avoiding a trip to the clinic. However, underlying causes of a long-term disease are often covered due to these short-term solutions. This is why doctors emphasize on periodical full body check-ups, especially for those above the age of 40 years.

Full body check-ups scan the major systems of the body to determine any kind of deviations from normal levels. This becomes instrumental in detecting any disease in its early stage, which makes it easier to tackle the disease with medications and treatments.

Packages for full body check-up are offered by leading medical chains like AMRI Hospitals,  which includes:-

  1. Physician check-up

This includes the basic routine of heartbeat, breathing patterns and Body Mass Index (BMI). With the help of a stethoscope, breathing pattern and beats per minute (bpm) are monitored. BMI helps identify the bone, fat and muscle mass in an individual so as to classify them in one of the following category: Underweight, Normal, Overweight or Obese.

  1. Blood Profile tests

Usually, it consists of two tests. Firstly, a complete haemogram, which includes Red Blood Cell (RBC) count, White Blood Cell (WBC) count, Platelets, Haemoglobin level and other details.

Secondly, Blood Sugar Fasting. This test determines the ability of the body to control blood-sugar levels. These levels generally shoot up for a while after having a meal, depending upon its size and quantity. Doctor may recommend a 12-hour fast before this test, so it is always better to confirm any such details before the examination.

  1. Lipid Profile

This is also called as an overall cholesterol test. Four types of lipids are measured in the body to determine if a person has any cholesterol related problems.

  1. Liver Chemistry

This measures the level of liver enzymes, proteins and bilirubin in blood to estimate the health of a liver. Usually, abnormal levels of Alanine transaminase (ALT) and Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) indicate a problem with liver functions. This is usually recommended in case of jaundice, nausea, drastic weight loss or abdominal pain.

  1. Electrolyte Test

Sodium, Potassium and Calcium are few of the most important electrolytes in the human body. They help the cells to generate energy required by human body for functioning. While Sodium and Potassium play a pivotal role in electrical impulse generation, calcium is an essential element for the growth of bones.

  1. TCH and Urine Routine

The former is used to check the functioning of thyroid gland with a test called TSH (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone) where T3, T4 and Calcitonin levels are observed. On the other hand, latter is used for detecting any form of diabetes, kidney diseases, or urinary tract infections with the help of a sample.

Experts at AMRI Hospitals, best hospital in Kolkata suggest the following important points to be kept in mind while going for a full body check-up:

  • Never hide your medical history
  • Pre-inform the doctor about any medication
  • Listen to the doctor carefully as he explains the reports
  • Enquire about every little detail

Sincerely abide by medications and fitness recommended by the doctor of AMRI Hospitals.