Stress Assessment in India
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What is a Stress Assessment?
Stress is an integral part of our lives . However, it can also have adverse effects. Stress leads to the release of cortisol hormone, which brings biological changes in the body. Every day, dealing with mental and physical stress can be challenging. The first step is recognising the degree to which we are affected by the stress in our lives and then adopting strategies to manage it better. A stress assessment commonly determines various factors that are impacted by stress and other stress-related disorders and how well we adapt them to manage stress.
A stress assessment is a set of health screening exams that checks the complete blood count (CBC), cholesterol levels, thyroid function, diabetes profile, vitamin D levels, inflammation marker levels, and stress hormone levels. Inflammation markers like ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate) are measured to see if they are elevated, indirectly indicating stress. In addition to these tests, hormone analysis is done to measure the amount of cortisol elevated with stress.
What does Stress Assessment include?
A stress assessment includes the following tests: complete blood count, an Inflammation marker, Thyroid profile, Diabetes profile, Hormones, Lipid profile, and Vitamin profile.
- Complete blood count: If there is a stress-related disorder, the CBC test will help you find the cause of the disease especially if it is secondary to an infection. The values can be correlated, and further diagnosis can be made.
- Hormone test: The cortisol level test is done to check whether your cortisol levels are too high or low. This test can also help detect whether you are suffering from stress or stress-related conditions.
- Inflammation Marker: High levels of CRP (c-reactive protein) and ESR (Erythrocyte sedimentation rate) is associated with depression and stress. This test will help detect chronic illness and the inflammation-causing the stress-related illness.
- Thyroid profile: Checking the levels of TSH hormones has a vital role in managing stress. Thyroid profile values are often deranged in stress
- Lipid profile: This is a set used to measure the amount of cholesterol and other lipid profiles. High levels of triglycerides, LDL, and decreasing HDL are associated with stress and stress-related diseases.
- Vitamin D Total: To measure if there is Vitamin D deficiency that affects mental stability, mood, and the ability to cope with stress.
Benefits of Stress Assessment
- Taking a stress test can help your doctor develop an effective treatment plan if you are diagnosed with a heart problem, clinical depression, or work stress.
- Suppose you are undergoing treatment for heart disease or another stress disorder condition, work-related depression, In that case, stress tests can help determine if it’s working or if you need a different treatment plan.
- If you are showing possible symptoms of heart problems, taking a stress test is an essential part of understanding how different parameters are affected.
- In general, stress tests provide a safe way for your doctor to get crucial information about your disease conditions and risk of developing complications.
- The stress test will bring in early results, which will help us diagnose any existing conditions and plan for a better, healthier future and plan for a fulfilling life.
- Diet, exercise, wellness, and others can go a long way in providing faster recovery from the known conditions towards an enriched life.
- Stress assessment tests can help you with proper counselling or therapy for faster recovery, especially for people undergoing chronic depression.
- Diagnose the severity of an existing condition such as heart disease or depression.
How much does Stress Assessment cost?
The average cost of a stress assessment ranges from city to city between Rs 2000 and Rs 3000. Currently, you can avail this package at around Rs.1500 with ongoing discount offers.
How long does it take to complete the Stress Assessment?
You can expect to receive the results for stress assessment within 24 to 48 hours after the samples are collected. However, in certain cases, depending on the location, medical advice, and preferred lab partner, it may take longer.
What is the procedure for Stress Assessment?
A lab specialist will come to collect your blood and urine sample at a preferred time slot. Please make sure to follow the preparations required for this stress assessment test. After collecting the samples, the specialist will send them to the lab partner. The lab partner will analyze the samples based on the tests listed in the package. You will then receive the full report within 48 hours of sample collection on the MFine web and app platform.
What preparation is required for the Stress Assessment?
- One should not drink or eat anything except water for 4 hours before the test.
- You may need to avoid caffeine-related drinks/alcohol/smoking at least 12-24 hrs before the test.
- Do not take any heart medications on the day of your test unless your doctor tells you.
- Consult your doctor if it is safe to continue taking all the prescription and over-the-counter drugs before the test because some drugs might interfere with certain stress tests.
- If you are using an inhaler for asthma or other breathing problems, bring it to the test.
- Ensure your doctor and the health care team monitor your stress test and know that you are using an inhaler.
Why book a Stress Assessment through MFine?
A stress assessment primarily determines various parameters affected by stress and other stress-related disorders and how well our stress coping skills are working. Stress can lead to some short term and long term changes. Following are the reasons to book a stress test:
- When you cross your teens, you have peer pressure and other responsibilities that might lead to stress or anxiety. Usually, this is the right time to get this test done to check your stress or stress-related disorders so that you can be guided with the best treatment.
- In the workplace where competition is around every aspect, it becomes imminent that stress is a daily phenomenon for most individuals. This test will help them cope with a high level of stress and manage it well.
- If you are constantly stressed every day, impacting your normal routine, a stress assessment test will show you better channel your stress by exercise, yoga, or medications or therapy.
- If you have been diagnosed with heart disease, a TMT test will be prescribed by your doctor, so he can help you determine if your current treatment is working.
- Identify the level of depression by quantifying the stress-released hormone your doctor can lead you to the best therapy.
How to book a Stress Assessment?
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Frequently asked questions on Stress Assessment
Are MFine's lab partners NABL accredited?
Yes, all our lab partners are NABL (National Accreditation Board of Testing and Calibration of Laboratories)-accredited labs. Thyrocare, Prima Diagnostics, Neuberg, Healthians, to name a few, are our top lab partners. Most of our lab partners have state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities for diagnostic tests.
Can I avail at-home sample collection for Stress Assessment on weekends?
Yes, we provide sample collections on all days of the week. The timings can vary based on the test, and tests that require 8 to 10 hours of fasting may have morning slots.
Is fasting required for Stress Assessment?
Yes, fasting is prescribed by doctors for stress assessment. Mostly this test is performed in the morning, so fasting before 10-12 hours is recommended. For accurate results, it is safer to do a stress test on an empty stomach.
What samples are collected for Stress Assessment?
The blood, urine, and saliva samples are collected for this particular test. The healthcare practitioner takes the samples and collects in a test tube, and further analysis is done.
When will I receive my test results for Stress Assessment?
You will receive your test results within 48 hours of sample collection. You can download your reports on the MFine web and app platforms.
Will I get the result interpretation for my test results?
You will have a free doctor consultation along with your test results for Stress Assessment test. Our senior doctor will help you understand your results accurately and advise medications and lifestyle changes wherever required.
Which is the best place in India for Stress Assessment?
MFine is the most trusted healthcare provider which aims to deliver simple, fast, and effective diagnoses. It has a more intelligent and improved healthcare delivery experience for everyone. Using the latest technology, the smartphone is a perfect health companion for users, helping them every step of the way in recovering from sickness and/or keeping good health.
Can Stress Assessment detect cancer?
While a few of the tests included in the package may indicate the chances of cancerous growth, it is not definitive. It is always advisable to follow up with a doctor and undergo further testing.
Biomarkers test vs. Exercise Stress test
Biomarkers test vs exercise stress test: In biomarkers test, in this process, the levels of cortisol (hormone secreted by adrenal gland) and other blood parameters that are affected by stress. Significant correlations have been observed between blood cortisol concentrations, especially during stress whereas in exercise stress tests you have to walk or run on the treadmill you will be hooked to an electrocardiogram (EKG) machine that will monitor your heart to understand how your heart is cpoing up with Physical stress.
Can the Stress Assessment detect common conditions or diseases associated with the test?
HbA1c can help identify the risk factor of diabetic patients who are at greater risk for coronary artery disease and heart attack. HbA1c is of interest because the stress response causes an increase in blood glucose. When blood glucose is elevated, glycosylated proteins form. Glucose is released into the bloodstream during the stress responses. Therefore, frequent activation of the stress response system is believed to increase HbA1c levels.
What are the types of Stress Assessment that were performed?
Most importantly, there are three types of stress tests: exercise stress tests, nuclear stress tests, and stress echocardiograms.
Exercise stress test: You will walk on a treadmill or ride a bicycle slowly. A healthcare provider will place several electrodes on your arm, chest, and legs. These electrodes are attached by wires to an electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, which records your heart’s electrical activity.
Nuclear stress test: This test helps your doctor to know which parts of your heart are healthy and working well and which do not. You’ll get a shot of a very small and harmless amount of radioactive substance, then your doctor will use a special camera to see the blood flow to your heart muscle. This will be done first while you’re at rest and again after you exercise.
Blood test: Blood tests like CBC, hormones tests can be used to estimate how much stress one is experiencing. A cortisol blood test is one of the vital parameters commonly used in blood tests. Cortisol is a hormone that is released by the adrenal glands when one is under stress. Higher levels of cortisol would indicate higher levels of stress.
Why is it important to measure stress?
Stress is a very popular topic these days. Not even a single day passes without talking or dealing with stress. Given the negative impact of stress on our health and how it affects us psychologically and physically, many types of stress management therapies have been put forward to decrease stress and promote well-being.
How do you assess the level of stress?
The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) is the most widely used psychological instrument for measuring the perception of stress. It is a measure of the degree to which situations in one’s life are appraised as stressful. Items were designed to tap how unpredictable, uncontrollable, and overloaded respondents find their lives.
What are the causes of stress?
Acknowledging the sources of stress is the first step in starting any treatment. Some common reasons are workplace-related issues, losing a job, increase in financial obligations, chronic illness or injury, the environment at home, death of a loved one, among other factors. Psychiatrists will help you alleviate the mental disorders by giving proper therapy resulting from prolonged stress levels. However, it is important to check the metabolic disorders of the body as a result of high-stress levels.