Many people fear health check-ups because of the fear that the tests will reveal hidden, or severe, health problems. Many people believe that if they do not acknowledge health problems they will simply disappear. Physicians from Apollo Hospitals confirm that this way of thinking is unhealthy, and can lead to further problems.
There is nothing to fear from a check-up. Depending on your age, sex, and medical history, a health exam may include:
- Blood, urine, vision, and hearing tests
- Assessments of your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and weight
- A discussion about diet and exercise habits and tobacco, drug, and alcohol use
- Immunisations and booster shots
- Screenings to evaluate your risk of developing certain diseases
- Testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Discussions about stress and depression to assess your mental well-being
Annual physical exams are recommended for both children and adults. As a child, it is likely that your parents ensured you visited your doctor regularly. As an adult, however, how often do you get a check-up? For children, it is important for doctors to monitor their growth and development. Conditions such as cardiac malformations, neurological disorders, orthopaedic problems, vision and speech irregularities, and numerous other health problems can be successfully treated when caught in the early stages.
As men age, their visits to the doctor may include rectal examinations to check for the presence of abnormal bumps in the prostate and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test to check for prostate cancer. For men who smoke, an abdominal exam to check for an enlargement in the aorta (a large blood vessel in your chest and abdomen) will often also be performed.
For women, specific tests may include a Pap smear, a test for cervical cancer, as well as a clinical breast exam to check for unusual lumps. After the age 40, a yearly mammogram is recommended, as well as a bone density test to screen for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes brittle, fragile bones and tends to affect older women, but can be found in younger women.
Preparation and awareness of your body and overall health is important. By routinely going for a yearly check-up, you are able to take charge of your overall health. Preventative care focuses on maintaining your overall well-being by integrating a healthy lifestyle and taking steps to prevent diseases from taking hold. Armed with the vital information from your check-up provides, your doctor will be able to recommend the steps you should take in order to lead a healthier and better quality of life, dependant on your overall health, family history, gender, and age.
You are in charge of your own well-being! Getting regular health check-ups, exams, or tests can help find and prevent problems, which will lead to a better quality of life. However, if any health problems have already taken hold, finding them early you give you a much higher chance of a full recovery with little impact. By receiving the correct health services, screenings, and treatments, you are increasing your chances of living a longer, healthier life. It is important to be sure that you are receiving the best possible care when it comes to your yearly check-up. The doctors at Apollo Hospitals International Patient Services are specialists in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment a wide array of symptoms and diseases. Contact us today to schedule your yearly health check-up. We guarantee that you will have no regrets.