Aspen Valley Hospital’s Health Fair approaching |

Aspen Valley Hospital’s Health Fair approaching

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Aspen Valley Hospital’s Spring Health Fair is coming to Basalt and Aspen.

On Friday, June 5, an early blood draw will occur in Basalt. On Saturday, June 6, another early blood draw will take place at the Aspen hospital. On Sunday, June 7, the blood draw plus a variety of other screening stations will be offered at the hospital.

Times for all three locations are 8:30-11:30 a.m.

The blood tests in Basalt will take place at the After-Hours Medical Care, not to be confused with the Midvalley Medical Center. After-Hours Medical Care is located at 234 Cody Lane (on the high school side of the highway near the park-and-ride in Basalt). It is across from High Tone Auto Body and next to Isberian Rugs.

Blood tests offered on June 5, 6, and 7 include a laboratory profile with complete blood count (CBC) for $46, prostate specific antigen (PSA) for $27, and a Cardio C-Reactive Protein (CRP) for $35. A new and improved colorectal cancer kit is also offered at $25.

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

The Cardio CRP 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 PSA is offered to men 45 and older. It is important to remember that the PSA is only one aspect of prostate cancer screening. A digital rectal exam is also required and is not offered at the Health Fair.

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, glaucoma, vision, hearing, height/weight and body mass index, knee exams (wear shorts), oral cancer screening, skin exams, and vision.

Cash and checks are accepted as payment ” no credit cards. For additional information about the Health Fair, call AVH at 544-1296.