Having an annual checkup is a great opportunity to take charge of your health. It usually includes a medical history, physical exam and tests. Routine checkups can help find problems early or prevent health problems before they occur. Led by Dr. Nicolin Neal and Dr. Tomas Rios, Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston, TX provides routine checkups for their patients. Read on to find out why annual checkups are so important.
Detect Health Conditions
Annual checkups can help find potential health issues before they become a problem. When you see your healthcare provider regularly, they are able to detect diseases or health conditions early. Early detection gives you the best chance for getting proper medical treatment quickly, avoiding any complications.
Your doctor has a good sense of your overall health. They can evaluate your personal risk factors for diseases and help you work toward lifestyle changes to minimize them. Annual checkups provide a great opportunity to take stock of how you're progressing toward your goals.
An annual checkup is also a good time to review the over-the-counter and prescription drugs you're taking. A medication "checkup" can reduce your risk of side effects and interactions, and stop you from taking unnecessary pills. Bring all your medications to your visit so your doctor can help you determine whether you need to be taking every one of them.
Adults need vaccines too. An annual checkup is a good time to talk with your doctor about vaccination. Throughout your adult life, you need immunizations for protection against shingles, tetanus, diphtheria, seasonal influenza (flu) and pertussis (whooping cough).
Continuity of Records
Like many people, you may not have kept a record of every visit, test, and immunization you've had. Your doctor's office will have records of all the care you have received there and will be able to provide those records if you need them. And because the office has your medical records, your doctor can remind you when you need a colonoscopy, mammogram, tetanus shot, or other immunizations and screenings.
Now is the perfect time for your annual checkup! Don't delay- Call Rios Healthcare Associates at 832-323-9230 right now to schedule your annual checkup in Houston, TX. Annual checkups can help you live a healthier, happier, longer life!