Good health depends on thinking ahead and taking preventative measures to maintain it.
Our bodies are complex and sometimes difficult to understand. If you want to maintain control of your health, it’s wise to consult the experts. Physicians and specialists offer many tools for keeping track of your whole health, from your skin to your heart.
What gets checked during an annual physical?
Along with keeping immunizations up to date, general items to be reviewed or screened include:
- blood pressure
- cholesterol levels
- cardiovascular health
- risk of diabetes
After 65 years of age, hearing tests and osteoporosis screenings are recommended for everyone.
Who needs annual check-ups?
Everyone, regardless or age, sex or race, should begin getting annual physicals starting at the age of 18. Along with general screenings, women are recommended to get an annual pap smear beginning at the age of 21 and mammograms beginning at age 40. Men should screen for prostate cancer starting around the age of 40, as well. If you are or have been a smoker, you need your lungs checked frequently as well.
What you don’t know can hurt you.
It’s better to receive good reports year after year rather than receive scary news after symptoms begin to show or even cause you discomfort. Keep in mind that being sick or caring for a condition or disease is much more expensive and time-consuming than simply remaining healthy to begin with. Preventative screenings give you reassurance if you’re healthy or, if you're not, help you maintain a sense of control over your life and your body.
Why do I need check-ups every year?
It’s surprising how much can change in 12 months. For some, it helps to think of your body like you think about your car. You wash it, change the oil and check its tires and brakes regularly to ensure your safety on the road. Doesn't your body deserve the same care? Preventative care keeps you productive and happy.
Get a check-up today and keep yourself out of the hospital. Would you like a physician referral or help with scheduling an appointment? Call us at Central Florida Regional Hospital using our around-the-clock Consult-A-Nurse® hotline at 1-800-445-3392.