From a balancing a busy work schedule to running errands around town, it can be easy to keep putting off important wellness appointments. However, an annual visit with your Wellstar primary care provider is one of the best investments you can make in your health.
Just like building savings in a bank account, each preventative care appointment adds more value to your health. That’s because, instead of just getting treatment just when you feel sick or experience symptoms of a serious condition, preventative care helps you stay ahead of potential medical problems.
Taking the time to schedule an annual wellness exam can pay off in the long run.
Early detection for everyone
At Wellstar, we preventative care is the key to living your fullest, healthiest life. During an annual exam, our primary care providers use preventative screenings to help catch major diseases early and prevent chronic conditions.
While different types of tests may be recommended based on your age, gender and medical history, common screenings include a:
- Physical exam
- Medicare Annual Wellness Visit
- Family history questionnaire
- Check of your vital signs
- Blood pressure test
- Blood cholesterol analysis
- Body mass index (BMI) assessment
Atypical results may indicate an increased risk of certain diseases like diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure. Your primary care provider may order extra testing or refer you for follow-up care with a Wellstar specialist, such as a cardiologist, neurologist or oncologist.
Understand your risk factors
Knowledge is power. Understanding the results of your wellness exams can help you take charge of your health and make informed decisions about your care.
The results of your health screenings may reveal certain personal risk factors. Some of your risk factors can’t be changed, such as your age, genetics or family medical history. Others are under your control and can be adjusted to help you live well, including eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise and choosing not to smoke.
Understanding your test results and risk factors can help you become your own wellness advocate. Armed with knowledge about your health, you can often reduce the effects of a serious condition, improve your outcome or avoid certain health complications altogether.
Your wellness check-up is also a safe space to discuss your health goals and medical concerns. Whether you need help maintaining a healthy weight or managing a chronic condition, your Wellstar primary care provider will create a tailored care plan just for you, based on your unique health needs.
Don’t delay your annual exam. Schedule a visit today by clicking the ‘Book Appointment’ button at the top of any webpage.