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Aspen Valley Hospital health fair spans three days

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen Valley Hospital will again offer its Spring Health Fair in the midvalley and in Aspen. It begins Thursday with an event in Basalt.

Participants are encouraged to schedule an appointment online for a blood draw to speed up the process. Walk-ins are welcome, but those with an appointment will be given first priority.

The Thursday event is at After-Hours Medical Care at 234 Cody Lane in Basalt. Participants may have their blood drawn for a variety of laboratory tests.

On Saturday, another blood draw will be offered at the hospital in Aspen. On Sunday, the hospital will offer the blood draw plus a variety of other, free screenings, again at the hospital. The fair takes place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on all three days.

To make an appointment for a blood draw, visit http://www.avhaspen.org, click on the link in the upper right corner of the home page for details, and follow the path to the scheduling program.

The blood tests include a laboratory profile with thyroid stimulating hormone and complete blood count for $48, prostate specific antigen for $28 and cardio C-reactive protein for $35. A colorectral cancer screening kit also is offered for $25.

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The lab profile requires fasting for 12 hours (with the exception of water) and tests liver and kidney function, glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL. Diabetics should contact their physicians regarding fasting. The complete blood count measures white and red blood cells, platelets, hemoglobin and hematocrit.

The cardio C-reactive protein blood test measures small levels of inflammation, an early indicator of future risk for heart attack and stroke. However, test results can be affected by any type of inflammation in the body, including tissue injury, infections, being overweight or smoking.

The prostate specific antigen test is offered to men 50 and older who never have had the test or whose physicians have recommended a recheck. Other offerings, on Sunday only, include tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis boosters for $10 through Community Health Services.

Free screenings, also offered only on Sunday, include air flow and oximetry, blood pressure, eye pressure, vision, hearing, height, weight, body-mass index, knee exams (wear shorts), skin checks and oral screening.

A variety of information stations are also part of Sunday’s Health Fair. A dietitian and representative from the American Heart Association will discuss nutrition and answer questions about diabetes and heart disease. A pharmacist will take medication questions. The hospital’s trauma-prevention program, the Komen Foundation, Alcoholics Anonymous and the Colorado Neurological Institute also will be present. Finally, free chair massages are available at Sunday’s event.

Cash and checks (no credit cards) are accepted as payment for the lab tests. Parking is limited in both Basalt and Aspen, so walking, biking or riding the bus is encouraged. Call Aspen Valley Hospital at 970-544-1296 for more information.

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