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Pre-Exercise Health Check

A regular exercise programme is recommended by all health professionals because regular exercise is known to help protect your cardiovascular system and reduce your risk of diabetes and cancer.  

However, if you are over 30 and are planning to commence an exercise programme, it is important to have a health check beforehand.  It is not unusual to hear about people having a sudden heart attack in the gym, whilst out jogging or on the golf course without having any prior symptoms.  In some cases this is due to a narrowing of the arteries from a build-up of fatty deposits laid down over several years.  Symptoms may not be noticeable until a heart attack occurs.   
Your local gym or fitness centre may do some basic checks but most will be woefully inadequate. Therefore, our Pre-Exercise Health Check with the Soza Health Screening programme would be a useful way of testing your health before commencing any form of new exercise programme.  

The Pre-Exercise Health Check takes approximately one and a half hours and consists of the following:
Man exercising
1. Urine and Saliva Test
Urine and saliva are examined for infection, acidosis/alkalosis, dehydration, sodium levels and digestive efficiency.

2. Blood Test (finger prick)
Fasting blood test taken to identify early stage diabetes. Glucose, triglycerides and cholesterol levels measured.

3. Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA)
Weight, height, hip and waist data, in combination with specific electrical frequencies, measure body composition, metabolic rate, hydration, cellular constitution and vitality.

4. Lung Function Test

A Lung function measurement device is used to capture breath speed, flow and volume. Lung obstruction and constriction are measured to identify those at risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) at the pre-symptomatic stage.

5. Core Blood Pressure Test

A Blood pressure cuff is applied to the left arm to measure both brachial and central aortic blood pressure. The measurements taken sitting and standing provide, through algorithms, a detailed assessment of overall blood pressure and vascular age, and help to identify early signs of cardiovascular disease.

6. Heart Rate Variability Test (HRV)

The HRV test is a fully automated cardiac monitoring test, incorporating the Valsalva Manoeuvre, that provides a quantitative assessment of heart rate variability both at rest and under stress. The test measures heart and vascular function, cardiovascular fitness and adaptive reserves.

7. Digital Pulsewave Analysis Test (DPA)

An infrared sensor measures the total power of the heart, peripheral circulation, potential arrhythmia, and assesses the function of the Autonomic Nervous System.

8. Blood Oxygen Test

A Finger pulse oxymeter measures the oxygen count in the blood.

9. Body Temperature Test

An infrared temperature gun is used to record core body temperature.

Personalised Report

A personalised report is automatically generated at the end of the consultation.  It is easy to understand, using a traffic light system for health risk, and is tailored to each person.  It includes diet and lifestyle recommendations and suggests the types of exercise that your body may be able to introduce safely.  Each client can access their report by logging into the Soza Health website using a secure code sent by text to their mobile phone.  The report can be saved as a Pdf file and printed out.

You may also be advised to have certain laboratory tests, depending on the results from your assessment.  

If any abnormality is detected during your health check, which requires further investigation by a doctor, you will be given a letter to take to your GP.

For information on how to book a Pre-Exercise Health Check, click here.

N.B. You may be able to claim back the cost of this screen in part or in full from some insurance companies