Annual Wellness Exam
If you have insurance, and haven’t had your annual wellness visit yet this year, there’s still time. As part of the Affordable Care Act, every insured patient is allowed one free wellness visit each calendar year. And if you get yours before the end of the year, you’ll still be eligible for one next year.
Why Get an Annual Wellness Checkup?
To ensure good overall health, it’s important for men and women to receive yearly screenings and tests. These tests and examinations can identify diseases in their early stages, before they become serious and costly medical issues. Although annual exams may vary from person to person, annual tests often include:
|Blood Pressure||Your risk of kidney disease and stroke increases if you have high blood pressure. We measure your blood pressure so it can be tracked and monitored for changes or irregularities over time.|
|Cholesterol||High blood cholesterol may lead to an increased risk of heart disease. Doctors recommend that men and women have their cholesterol levels regularly tested if they are over 35.|
|BMI||A variety of health problems can be connected to obesity. One of the best ways to gauge this is with a Body Mass Index (BMI) check. Your BMI is a measurement of your body fat based on your weight and height.|
|STDs||If you are sexually active, testing for STDs is recommended not only for your own health, but the health of your partner. This includes testing for gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia.|
|Cancers||Once you reach the age of 50, you should be checked for a variety of cancers. These checks can be conducted during your yearly exam. This includes prostate, lung, skin, oral and colorectal cancer.|
|Diabetes||A test for diabetes is suggested for people whose blood pressure is higher than 135/80. This condition can cause issues throughout your body including problems with your eyes, feet, kidneys, nerves and heart.|