Routine Checkups And Tests You Shouldn’t Miss
Visiting the doctor may be the last thing on your mind right now. However, routine health screenings may save your health and your life. Starting your mid-20s and 30s, doctors suggest getting a routine health checkup. The doctor may recommend a number of simple tests to diagnose any problems that may rob you of your health. Here is an annual physical exam checklist you should take care of :-
Some people visit their doctor every year for a routine health screening, just to make sure everything is in order. There is a debate about whether you need to visit a doctor that often. In the end, it depends on various factors like your age, general health, and whether you notice any risk factors for certain health problems. Your doctor may ask you about your health and the lifestyle you are carrying out. They’ll examine your heart and lungs and probably get your weight and vitals.
Everybody hates doing that, especially the ones that are conscious about their weight. However, being overweight puts you at high risk for developing a number of diseases later on in your life. So, it is recommended to get your weight and vitals checked every 6 months so you can catch any irregular jumps or fall in your weight. A rapid increase or decrease in weight is a sign your body is giving that indicates something is wrong. Don’t ignore this little thing, it can turn out to be serious.
Blood pressure is a measure of the pressure of your blood against your veins and arteries. If it is too high, the chances of heart diseases go up. Normal arterial blood pressure is 120/80 mm-Hg. High blood pressure also called hypertension by doctors, can be the cause of stroke, paralytic attack, or heart disease. If it is high, get it checked on a regular basis, and ask your doctor how often you should have it measured.
Cholesterol is a type of fat present in your blood and a higher content of this fat can lead to heart disease or a stroke. You should get your cholesterol checked every 6 months -1 year, depending on your age. Your doctor will likely recommend that you get it checked more often if you are overweight, or if you have a family history of heart disease and high cholesterol, or if you are a diabetic, or simply a person with a history of high cholesterol.
CBC is a blood test performed to evaluate your overall health, in order to diagnose a wide range of disorders including anemia, infection, and leukemia. A complete blood count test measures several components and features of the blood including red blood cells, which carry oxygen; white blood cells, that fight infection; hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells; and platelets that help with blood clotting. An annual examination of CBC is recommended by doctors.
Getting an eye checkup is essential for people with low vision or even those who suffer headaches and might be noticing symptoms of low vision. At some point, before you reach the age of 40, visit an eye care doctor for an exam. A thorough eye exam can help you reveal vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, and astigmatism. Your doctor may prescribe glasses, contact lenses, or Lasik. Eye conditions also include pinkeye, blepharitis, glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
For women at average risk for breast cancer who did not showcase any symptoms, clinical breast examinations are recommended every 1-2 years for women ages 25 to 40. A pelvic examination can help you diagnose cancer or infertility at an early stage so they can be treated and cured. Women should begin Pap testing from the age of 21. A Pap smear is a medical procedure performed to test women for cervical cancer. Routine screening is advised every 3 years for women ages 21-65.
Make sure to consult your doctor and ask for an update on any immunizations or vaccines you might need. Especially if you are a frequent international traveler. Your body might not be immune to every disease in every country. So, follow up with your doctor before every visit outside the country. Regular follow-up with your general physician is advised every 1-2 years regarding your vaccination schedule.
Each Year Give Yourself the Gift of Health
Visit your doctor as often as needed. And remember, the need to visit the doctor may increase with your age. Don’t take your physical health lightly. Schedule a visit to your doctor and take all the important tests. Investing your time into this can add a few good years to your healthy life.
P.S- An additional set of general medical check-ups may be suggested by your physician based on your family history and your personal health profile.
Dr. Rishab Sharma
Dr. Rishab Sharma MBBS, MD (Internal Medicine) He is associated with Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur. Dr. Rishab has wide experience in managing a variety of diseases, as well as managing critical care units in large government and corporate hospitals.