Here at Steven's Pharmacy, we offer many on-site specialized screening and tests, available if you are local to Orange County, California. Click on the menu to your right to see what we offer!
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On-site Testing & Screening

Blood Sugar & Diabetes Care
As an added service to customers who have been diagnosed with diabetes, or who have symptoms of diabetes but have not yet had their blood sugar levels tested, the pharmacists at Steven's are able to provide on-site tests designed to monitor glucose levels, which indicates average blood sugar level over the previous 3-4 months (the average life span of a red blood cell). These tests include a glucoprotein test which indicates blood sugar levels for the previous two to three weeks, and the HbA1c, or glycosylated hemaglobin test which indicates the blood sugar range over the previous three-month period. In addition, Steven's offers Lipid Panels, a test which indicates cholesterol levels for HDL, often referred to as "good cholesterol", LDL, often referred to as "bad cholesterol", triglycerides and total cholesterol.

Monitoring of blood sugar levels and cholesterol is essential for diabetes patients, as is nutrition education to assist diabetes patients in controlling the progression of their disease. It is estimated that diabetes occurs in approximately 4.5% of the population in the United States. Monitoring and controlling blood sugar levels is critical to the prevention of complications such as eye disease, hardening of the arteries, kidney disease, nerve damage and foot ulcers. This is true for all diabetics, including Type II diabetics who are not insulin-dependent. In fact, Medicare expanded its coverage (in 1998) for Type II diabetes so that strips and lancets they use with their monitoring glucometers will now be reimbursable.



Glycosylated Hemoglobin [HbAlc]
Indicates blood sugar levels for previous 3 week to tell you where it's headed.


Body Fat Analysis
Doctors, personal trainers, and nutritionists recommend the periodic measurement of body fat for maintaining proper health status.


Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the force exerted by circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels and constitutes one of the principal vital signs. Persistent hypertension, or hypertension, is one of the risk factors for strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, arterial aneurysms, and is the leading cause of chronic renal failure. Low blood pressure, or hypotension, may be a sign of severe disease and requires urgent medical attention.


Peak Flow Analysis for Asthmatics
We can measure your peak expiratory flow, a number that tells you how fast you can blow out air after a maximum inhalation. It may be helpful for you and your doctor to use peak flows numbers for your treatment "zones". Zones will help you decide what to do when you have changes with your asthma.


Lipid Panels Including Cholesterol and High & Low Density Proteins
A lipid panel is a blood test that usually measures 3 kinds of lipids in the blood. The lipids are related to cholesterol, a fatty substance also in the blood. The 3 kinds of lipids measured in a lipid panel are: LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein), HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein), and triglycerides. The lipid panel also measures total cholesterol, which is the sum of all the types of cholesterol in your blood.


Triglycerides
Blood tests for triglycerides are usually part of a lipid profile used to identify the risk of developing heart disease. If you are diabetic, it is especially important to have triglycerides measured as part of any lipid testing since triglycerides increase significantly when blood sugar is out of control.


Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL)
Indicates your "bad" cholestrol.


High Density Lipoproteins (HDL)
Indictes your "good" cholestrol.






Hormone Assessment Quiz

Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
  • hot flashes
  • depression
  • hair loss
  • loss of libido
  • anxiety
  • night sweats
  • weight gain
  • painful intercourse
  • mood swings
  • headache
  • fluid retention
  • insomnia
  • vaginal dryness
  • memory loss
  • fuzzy thinking
  • breast tenderness
  • irritability
  • painful joints
  • bladder problems
  • palpitations
If so, you may be a candidate for bio-identical hormone therapy. Consult your doctor about your symptoms, or call Steven's Pharmacy for a physician referral.






Immunizations

Flu shots
Each year the influenza virus changes and different strains become dominant. Due to the high mutability of the virus a particular vaccine formulation usually only works for about a year. It's good to get flu shots annually to protect against the most prevalent flu strains that year. Vaccination against influenza with a flu vaccine is strongly recommended for high-risk groups, such as children and the elderly.


Hepatitis
The Hepatitis A vaccine protects against the virus in more than 95% of cases and provides protection from the virus for ten years. Hepatitis B vaccine prevents hepatitis B disease and its serious consequences like hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer).


Pneumonia
Pneumonia vaccination is important for preventing pneumonia in both children and adults. Vaccinations against pneumonia in the first year of life have greatly reduced pneumonia in children. Vaccinating children against Streptococcus pneumoniae has also led to a decreased incidence of these infections in adults because many adults acquire infections from children. It is recommended for all healthy individuals older than 65 and any adults with emphysema, congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus, cirrhosis of the liver, alcoholism, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, or those who do not have a spleen. A repeat vaccination may also be required after five or ten years.






Disease State Management & 1-on-1 Pharmacist Consultation

Diabetes
Consultation with our pharmacist over a 30-60 minute period. Issues addressed are diet, carbohydrate counting, weight, exercise, review of current medication profile, current blood sugar, HBA1c, body fat, and cholesterol.


Asthma
Consultation with our pharmacist over a 30-60 minute period to review medication profile, exercise, diet, weight, body fat, cholesterol, and step by step assistance on using various devices including Peak Flow Meter.


Hypertension
Consultation with our pharmacist over a 30-60 minute period. Blood pressure check, review of diet, exercise, body fat, and cholesterol.