You’re feeling OK, so why get your routine checkup? Often when you are not feeling sick, it’s easy to push back a doctor’s appointment or skip it altogether. But continuing to get annual, and sometimes more frequent, screenings are important for maintaining good health.
As we age, our health needs change. As do our recommended health screenings. Checkups can detect problems early on, allowing more time for prevention and treatments.
The average person should see their doctor for a routine checkup at least once a year. However, if you have family history that includes health issues like cancer, or if you have a chronic disease like diabetes or hypertension, its likely you need to visit the doctor more frequently.
Preparing for your routine checkup can help you get the most out of your time with the doctor. This is the time to ask your doctor questions, notify them of any medical changes you have noticed and to address any concerns you may have.
To prepare for your annual checkup, follow these simple steps:
– Arrive early
– Know the names and doses of your medications you are currently taking, including any over-the-counter drugs. Most doctors prefer that you bring the bottles with you to assure their records are correct.
– Know your vaccine history and bring any hard copies of vaccine records you have
– Bring the dates of any recent procedures, screenings or tests you have had done since your last check-up
– Lastly, be open and honest with your doctor. Ask necessary questions but be open and honest with your responses.
Investing in a doctor’s visit can catch an issue early and could save your life. To quote George William Curtis, “Happiness lies first of all, in health.”
Check-in with your doctor about your health, goals and concerns today. To schedule a routine checkup, call the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic, 540-459-1700.