The journey to adulthood is a stressful and exacting process. Young people now encounter more trials than ever and the pressures placed upon them are intense.
In order to ensure that they are best placed to address these challenges and identify any health issues, we have formulated a full health screen devised specifically for the 15-21 age group.
This range of tests is designed to allay fears and source solutions to potential problems. It offers an easy method for parents and young people to clarify and counter risks within two 30 minute appointments including initial tests and assessments with a follow-up to review and discuss the results.
They may be healthy and feeling fine, in which case let’s check and ensure they stay that way. There may be other issues that you’ve all put down to ‘growing up’, hormones or the stresses of education and life – in that case let’s make sure there’s nothing serious going on.
What does it include?
Developed by Drs. Robert L. Spitzer, Janet B.W. Williams, Kurt Kroenke and colleagues, this is a verbal test to determine levels of stress and anxiety. It can be particularly helpful as young adults reach key stages of life with the growing importance of exams, qualifications and social relationships.
Every week 12 fit and healthy young people die from undiagnosed cardiac conditions in the UK. 1 in 300 young people have potentially life threatening condition and 1 in 100 have cardiac conditions that can cause problems in later life. Many of these issues can be diagnosed quickly and dealt with now.
Hidden hereditary heart defects are capable of causing sudden death and this screening can help determine any potential issues. The 12-lead ECG is the primary tool for diagnosis of heart conditions and for abnormal arrhythmias it is the gold standard test.
Further information is available at CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young
Low blood pressure (hypotension) is common in the young and can lead to spells of dizziness and fainting in some people.
High blood pressure (hypertension) can put a strain on your arteries and organs, which can increase your risk of developing serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes in later life.
A blood pressure test is the only way to find out if your blood pressure is too high or too low, because most people won’t have any obvious symptoms. Having a test is easy and could save your life.
As 15-21 year olds are unlikely to visit their GPs as often as when they were younger this general exam covers a lot of areas to eliminate potential issues. Our clinician will listen to your heart and lungs, and check your abdomen, to identify if any problems are present. The stethoscope will amplify sounds heard in the area that is being listened to. If there is an abnormal finding on your examination, further testing may be suggested.
Urinary Tract Infections are one of the most common reasons for young adults to visit their GP, especially girls.
There may be no identifiable symptoms, you just may feel generally unwell but the following are associated with UTIs and the presence of any one may be an indicator:
- Mild fever
- A general feeling of shakiness and fatigue
- Frequent urination
- Burning or pain during urination
- The feeling of having to pee even though little or no urine actually comes out
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Pain above the pubic bone (in women)
- A full feeling in the rectum (in men)
- Bloody or foul-smelling urine
It is an important test that may rule out a kidney infection, this may involve more serious symptoms, including:
- High fever
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Cloudy or bloody urine
- Pain in the back, just above the waist
Diabetes is the fastest growing health threat of our times and an urgent public health issue.
It can cause nausea, abdominal, pains, lack of concentration, irritability, vision problems, menstruation problems and others – symptoms that are often confused with other illnesses.
Type 2 diabetes can be easy to miss as it develops slowly, especially in the early stages when it can be harder to spot the symptoms. Untreated diabetes affects many major organs, including your heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys. Being diagnosed early and controlling your blood sugar levels can help prevent these complications.
Early diagnosis can help stop diabetes becoming a real problem in future life as well as helping you to overcome immediate issues such as general malaise and abdominal pain.
Holly’s story, a teenager with diabetes
Anaemia is the most common cause of tiredness and lack of ability to concentrate in teenagers, considerably more common in girls. An estimated 5-10% of people in this age group will go undiagnosed though it can cause many issues.
This test checks the types and numbers of cells in your blood, giving a detailed test of the red cells including their size and condition. It also may provide important clues about certain health problems you may have.
An FBC may detect signs of:
- Iron deficiency anaemia
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Anaemia infection
- Clotting disorders.
More info here