Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the objective of preventive health screenings?

A. Preventive health screenings are an affordable and effective way to identify hidden disease risk. For many people, getting screened is the first step in early intervention to prevent potential health events later in their lives. It helps people understand their risks so that they can consult with their doctor and take the right steps towards a healthier future.

Q. Why should I have these screenings done if I have no symptoms?

A. Hectic lifestyle, obesity, lack of physical activity and exercise, mental stress and tension, pollution, alcohol and smoking – these are the major culprits for lifestyle diseases. Indians are at a much greater risk of heart attack due to high cholesterol levels. Many people are at risk for strokes and heart diseases but experience no symptoms. Early detection and control can prevent major consequences down the road.

Q. At what age should I be screened?

A. Genetically, Indians are more prone to lifestyle disorders and they occur at a very young age. Heart attacks strike Indians under the age of 55, and 25% under the age of 40. 40% of heart attack victims do not reach hospital on time and 30% show no symptoms of attack until it is too late. Hence, in the Indian context prevention becomes very critical in saving lives.

Q. How often should I have these general health screenings?

A. This is a personal decision based on your risk factors and previous screening results. Many of our customers incorporate yearly screenings into their preventive healthcare regimen to complement their regular physicals.

Q. I have a doctor. Why do I need PrognoHealth?

A. You visit your doctor only when the need is acute. By that time it could be too late. Preventive health check-ups help you in identifying causes that could lead to lifestyle diseases by simple routine tests. This information helps your doctor to adopt the right course of treatment to prevent damage and manage your health better.

Q. Can my physician do this type of preventive health screening as part of my routine physical?

A. No. There is a gap in the healthcare system: If you are asymptomatic, meaning you are not yet sick and feel well, but have risk factors such as age, family history of disease or certain health conditions, our nation’s system is not well designed to take preventive steps towards your good health. We are quite good at treating illness once symptoms occur, but for many diseases like stroke, the first symptom is a stroke. Four out of five stroke victims have no apparent symptoms or warning signs.

That’s why we offer simple, low-cost screenings to help you identify a problem as early as possible. Once you undergo our screenings, your doctor can use our results to determine next steps, including ordering insurance-covered diagnostic testing and treatment if necessary.

Q. What tests are covered in Preventive Health Check-up?

A. A typical comprehensive health check-up includes tests for blood, sugar, cholesterol, urine, digital chest X-ray, liver profile, proteins, lipid profile, renal profile, pulmonary function test (PFT), stress test or ECG, PSA, gynecology consultation, physician consultation and dietary recommendations.

Q. How much will it cost me?

A. The cost of health check-ups will depend upon the package you choose. However, we have designed a medically proven health assessment that can suggest you a package considering your lifestyle, health history and family health. The cost of health check-up packages can be in the range of Rs. 1000 – to Rs. 20,000 depending on the scope of the tests. The more expensive packages would include whole body MRI screening, CT 64 cardiac angiogram, 2-D Echo Doppler for cardiac investigations, etc.

Q. How does the process work?

A. Choose the health check-up plan that you wish to have. Notify us about the date on which you would like to have the health check-up (other than Sundays and other public holidays). One of the most important tests is determining the blood sugar while fasting and hence please ensure there in no intake 12 hours prior to the test. These and other dos & don’ts are mailed to you well in advance. Please carry all samples and cultures that are necessary. At the centre, our executive will guide you through the test.Your reports will be available on the same day in the evening and these will be handed over to you by our consultant who will also advise on further course of action.

Q. What if the tests indicate the need for further investigation or medical treatment?

A. If the investigation reveals the need for further tests or consultations, you will be advised about these, so that you can have these scheduled immediately or later depending on your convenience.