About General Checkup
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What is a general check up?
This is a common preventative medicine that involves a visit to a general medical practitioner. It is also referred by other names such as annual physical, periodic health evaluation, general health check, preventive health examination or comprehensive medical exam. A general check up does not include newborn checks, cervical cancer pap smears or regular visits due to chronic conditions such as diabetes.Do I have to be sick to go for a general check up?
A general check up can be done at any time by a person who is healthy and well. It should be done on a regular basis. You can have it yearly or less frequently. It can help diagnose a condition or disease early giving you the best chance of treatment.What does it involve?
Why go for a general check up?
- Medical history: During the general check up the doctor will want to know about your medical history. If you are concerned about specific such as diabetes, cancer, stroke or heart disease you can ask your doctor.
- Physical examination: The doctor will perform a brief or comprehensive physical examination which will include a blood pressure check, weight and height measurements. The doctor may look at your ears, eyes and throat for any signs of infection or disease.
- Laboratory tests: Sometimes laboratory tests may be ordered. The doctor may test your blood sugar and cholesterol level.
- Other tests: If you are at risk your heart waves may be recorded with an electrocardiogram. Advanced test such as mammography and ultrasound may also be done. The doctor may also order a chest x-ray if you are a heavy smoker.
A general check will help you stay healthy. It can help prevent disease and disability.
How do I prepare for a general check up?
Review your health history
This includes your own and your family’s. You should note any chronic conditions that exist in your family tree and let your doctor know. Your family history can influence your risk of developing conditions such as diabetes, cancer, stroke or heart disease. Your doctor will assess the risk of you developing any conditions based on this and other factors. The doctor may also recommend ways of preventing such diseases through screening tests for early detection of any diseases and through lifestyle changes such as regular exercise and changing your diet.
Find out if you are due for any vaccinations or general screenings
These include tests such as Pap smear, cancer screening, sexually transmitted disease screening, tetanus shots, blood pressure checks eye checks or other screening.
Write down a list of questions and concerns
Review any existing g concerns or health problems and note any changes. These may include:
- Body changes such as skin changes or lumps
- Pain, fatigue or dizziness
- Menstrual cycle changes
- Changes in urine or stool
- Depression, trauma anxiety or sleeping problems
- Write down your questions in advance
It can be difficult to remember everything once you are in the doctor’s office or examination room.
Be honest with your doctor. You should provide information on any medication you are taking; your eating habits and how often you exercise. Your doctor develops a plan depending partly on what information you provide.
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