The buzz surrounding regular health checkups is growing with time. Be it in the medical fraternity or media, everyone is talking about the importance of regular health checks. But why does one need health checks? We mostly visit a doctor when we are unwell. So what’s the point in spending money, getting your pocket poked by needles and undergoing procedures when you think you are all fit and fine?
The answer is very simple. Health checks help in detecting and preventing problems before they even start. This can prove to be life saving, as early detection of certain medical conditions ensure better treatment, better chances of survival and better quality of life. Who doesn’t want to have a good and healthy life?
Certain conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and high blood sugar go undetected till an advanced stage. By then the damage is already done. Early detection helps nip the problem in the bud. You can get regular health check-ups done at Apollo Clinics and get expert guidance on your condition.
Are check-ups and screening tests the same for people of all age groups? Well, not exactly. Screening tests and exams depend on one’s age, health, lifestyle choices, family history etc. The purpose of health checks is to:
- Screen for diseases
- Assess the risk of any potential medical problems
- Plan and make healthy lifestyle choices
- Follow the vaccination schedule
Generic Health Check-ups
The following check-ups are common for both men and women:
- Blood pressure screening
- Cholesterol screening
- Heart health checks
- Diabetes screening
- Dental examination
- Eye examination
- Infectious disease screening
Women need certain specific screenings and exams. Common ones include:
- Pelvic examination
- Cervical cancer screening (pap test)
- Clinical breast examination
Your healthcare provider will give details of how frequently you need to get these tests done. Visit your nearest Apollo Clinics centre and talk to our experts who will tell you more about these tests and do a personalised assessment.
Don’t shy away from regular medical check-ups and encourage your family members and friends to get them done as well. A common misconception is that a lot of medical service providers fleece people of their hard-earned money under the guise of medical tests and procedures. At Apollo Clinics, we believe in being transparent about why screening tests are important, how you would benefit from getting them done, which tests are really important and what can be done at a later stage. Sometimes, it is not about the money. It is about staying safe and enjoying life to the fullest without any regrets. Stay healthy! Be happy!