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The Importance of Annual Checkups

Annual checkups can help you maintain your health no matter what your age. Have you scheduled your annual checkup with Dr. Tomas Rios or Nicolin Neal of Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston, TX, yet? Checkups make it easier to:

Identify New Health Issues

Annual visits help you ensure that you receive prompt treatment for any new conditions or diseases you may develop during your life. For example, during your blood pressure screening, your doctor may notice that your pressure is a little too high.

Even though the early stages of high blood pressure may not cause any symptoms, damage can still occur. During your annual checkup at the Houston, TX, office, your doctor will not only perform an examination but may also order screenings and blood or urine tests that will help him or she identify potential conditions that could threaten your health. Your risk of high blood pressure increases as you get older, along with your chances of developing diabetes and high cholesterol. If you don’t make time for an annual check-up, you may never know you have a health problem until the condition or disease is well advanced and more difficult to treat.

Monitor Chronic Conditions

Well-visits also help your doctor monitor chronic health conditions, including:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive problems
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Migraines
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Osteoporosis

Based on your symptoms and the results of tests and screenings, he or she can recommend strategies and treatments that will help you better manage your condition.

Ask Questions About Your Health

Often, people don’t bother making appointments with the doctor unless they're ill or in severe pain. In fact, they tend to ignore symptoms that seem minor, intending to bring them up the next time they happen to see the doctor. If you’ve been wondering why your post-nasal drip won’t go away or why your ankle still hurts weeks after you tripped over your child’s toy, your annual exam is the perfect time to get answers to your questions.

Protect your health with an annual checkup. Call (832) 323-9230 to schedule an appointment with your Houston, TX, internal medicine practitioners, Dr. Rios, and Dr. Neal of Rios Healthcare Associates.