Two days of free and low-cost health tests recently given at LDS Hospital uncovered a variety of illnesses and health problems.

The tests were provided as a community service during the hospital's celebration of National Hospital Week, Senior Services Week and National Osteoporosis Week."We provide this service each year in May," said Gary Wm. Farnes, hospital administrator. "This year, more than $60,000 worth of tests were provided to neighbors and visitors. But the real story is the lives, hearing and vision we may have saved through early detection of serious health problems."

As in past years, one of the more popular - and valuable - tests this year was the carotid artery scanning. The test uses extremely sophisticated equipment to check for potential blood clots forming in the artery that supplies blood to the brain. Such blood clots can often break loose and cause strokes.

"We conducted almost 200 carotid artery scans this year," Farnes said. "Thirty-eight of those showed an abnormal scan and (the people) were encouraged to have their physicians check the condition further. In addition, almost 10 percent of the people who were screened for glaucoma tested positive and were referred to their physicians."

Other exams included blood sugar screening, lung capacity measurements, pregnancy tests, hearing screenings, osteoporosis screening and mammograms. Altogether, more than 2,600 tests were provided to the public free or for a nominal fee.

"Hearing tests will continue to be offered for free at the hospital," Farnes said. "The other tests are available here, or at our five InstaCares in Salt Lake and Davis counties."