A routine health checkup is a fundamental element of quality health care for individuals, which is defined as appropriate preventive care to lessen future health decline. Even if you feel healthy, you should visit a primary physician regularly to assess the risk of future medical issues, ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle and for the purpose of vaccinations. Regular health checks can help to identify early warning signs of chronic diseases that might have family history as a risk factor, such as - Heart disease, High blood pressure, Diabetes and some cancers can often be picked up in their early stages, when treatment may be more successful.
Routine Health checks are usually related to routine medical care. Your doctor will often perform these checks when you are visiting for another condition, such as a cold or another problem. You will then be told how often you need to have a health check.
A routine health checkup is not only about screening for chronic diseases, but also a time to examine your lifestyle to see what improvements can be made. When you have a health check, your doctor will talk to you about your medical history, your family’s history of disease, and your current lifestyle choices. Your diet, weight, how much you exercise, and whether or not you smoke and drink alcohol will also be discussed. Family history of some conditions is a point that should be asked during consultation.
If you have a high risk of a particular health condition, your doctor may recommend more frequent health checks at an earlier age. Some such conditions include:
- Coronary Vascular Disease (CVD)
- High cholesterol and high Triglyceride (Dyslipideamia)
- Obesity and physical activity
- Breast Cancer - Cervical Cancer
- Colon cancer
- Lung Cancer - Osteoporosis
In a routine health checkup, your doctor may also talks about you vaccination history. Vaccines that should be consulted or advised for adults are as follow:
- Zoster (Shingles)
- Hepatitis B
Dr. Fatemeh Aghanasiri
Aster Clinic, Arabian Ranches
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