A New Patient’s Guide to Preparing for a Medical Check Up

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A medical check up is a highly recommended health care appointment everyone should make. In these appointments, you will receive the one-on-one attention of a trained physician who will help you stay healthy and disease-free. To make the most of this visit, review Advantage Care’s check up to-do list.

5 Things to do Before your Next Medical Check Up

1)      Review your Medical History

Your physician may begin your check up with a look at your medical history. This quick review will help your medical professional diagnose, treat and prevent health issues.

Before you go to your community health center, make a list that includes:

  • Past problems, like skin cancer
  • Body changes, such as weight gain or loss
  • New or current issues, like high cholesterol or diabetes
  • Allergies to the environment, foods or medications
  • The prescription and over-the-counter medications you are currently taking

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2)      Research your Family History

Your physician will also benefit from knowing the details of family members’ medical issues, because genes are a factor in the development of medical conditions.

Review your family history prior to your appointment. A thorough explanation of it will give your medical professional a more complete picture of your health.

For example, a family history of heart disease, stroke, diabetes or cancer can raise the risk of developing these types of medical problems.

3)      Find out if you are due for Screenings or Vaccinations

Screenings and vaccinations are not just for children. Adults need to keep up to date with them as well. Depending on your age or family history, you might be due to receive cancer screenings or immunizations, including:

Ask your doctor if it’s time for any of these important tests.

4)      Write Down a List of Questions or Concerns

A medical check up is the perfect opportunity to ask questions related to your health. You will have the undivided attention of a physician, who is now familiar with your medical history. To prepare for the appointment, draft a list of questions or concerns beforehand.

Health Factors you Might Ask About

  • Weight
  • Lumps or moles
  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Sleeping problems
  • Depression

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5)      Upcoming Life Changes

You should also discuss with your doctor any significant life changes you may be anticipating making in the future. Your medical professional will be able to provide advice and tips for how to handle situations, like losing weight, having a baby or quitting smoking.

A medical check up is a critical part of preventive health services. Depending on your age and risk factors, the recommended frequency of appointments will vary. Everyone should also have regular health care appointments regarding dental, vision and other related issues.

Advantage Care Health Centers specializes in delivering primary health care services. We provide our patients with improved access, coordinated care and enhanced patient/family involvement.

If you would like to schedule a check up, please contact us today.

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