Health Screenings you should get done in 2016

Women

Blood Pressure Screening: If the top number (systolic number) is between 120-139, or the bottom number (diastolic number) is between 80-89 mm HG, you should have it checked every year.

  • Watch for blood screenings in your area. Ask your provider if you can stop in to have your blood pressure checked. Or check your blood pressure using the automated machines located at grocery stores and pharmacies.
  • If the top number is greater than 140 or the bottom number is greater than 90, schedule an appointment with your provider.
  • If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, you may need to have your blood pressure checked more often.
  • To schedule an appointment with your provider, go to https://ezdoctor.com , and search a doctor by location, specialty or the doctor’s name.

Cholesterol Screening:  If you are between the ages of 20-45, you should be screened if you have higher risk for heart disease.

  • If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems or certain other       conditions you may need to be monitored more closely.

Diabetes Screening: If your blood pressure is above 135/80 mm Hg, your provider will test your blood sugar levels for diabetes.

  • If you have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25 and have other risk factors for diabetes, you should get screened. Having a BMI over 25 means that you are overweight.

Dental Exam: Go to the dentist every year for an exam and cleaning.

To schedule an appointment with a dentist, go to https://ezdoctor.com , and search for a dentist by location, specialty or the doctor’s name.

Eye Exam: If you have eye problems, have an eye exam every 2 years.
Immunizations: You should get a flu shot every year.

  • After age 19, you should have one tetanus-diphtheria and acellular pertussis (TdAP) vaccine as one of your tetanus-diphtheria vaccines. You should a tetanus-diphtheria booster every 10 years.
  • Your provider may recommend other immunizations if you are at high risk for certain conditions, such as pneumonia.
  • Ask you provider about the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is you are between age 18- 26 and you have:
  • Not received the HPV vaccine in the past ( you will need 3 shots)
  • Not completed the full vaccine series (you should catch up on this shot)

Physical Exam: You should have 2 physical exams in your 20s and 30s. Your height, weight and BMI should be checked at every exam.

During your exam, the provider may ask you about:

  • Depression
  • Diet and exercise
  • Alcohol and Tobacco use
  • Safety issues, such as using seat belts and smoke detectors.

Breast Self -Exam and Mammogram:  The American Cancer Society (ACS) states that a monthly breast self-exam is optional.  The U.S Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against teaching women how to perform self- exams.

  • Screening mammogram is not recommended for women under age 40.
  • If you have a mother or sister you had breast cancer at a younger age, or you have other risk factor for breast cancer, your provider may recommend a mammogram, breast ultrasound or MRI scan.
To schedule an appointment or research a primary care doctor, gynecologist or OB/GYN, go to https://ezdoctor.com and find any doctor, in any location and/ or specialty.

Pelvic Exam and Pap Smear: Beginning at age 21, women should have a pelvic exam and pap smear every three years to check for cervical cancer.

  • If you have had your uterus and cervix removes (total hysterectomy), you no longer need to have pap smears.
  • Women who are sexually active should be screen for chlamydia infection up until age 25. Women 26 years and older should be screened if at high risk. This can de done during a pelvic exam.
  • Your provider will tell you how to prevent and/or treat sexually transmitted infections or diseases (STIs) (STDs)

Skin Self -Exam:  The ACS recommends a skin exam as part of a periodic exam by your provider, if it is indicated.
Other Exams: You should be screened for colon cancer only if you have a strong family history of colon cancer or polyps, or if you have an inflammatory bowel disease or polyps yourself.

Men

Blood Pressure Screening:  Have your blood pressure checked every 2 years unless the top number (systolic number) is between 120-139 or the bottom number (diastolic number) is between 80-89 mm hg or higher. Then have it checked every year.

  • Watch for blood pressure screenings in your neighborhood or workplace. Ask your provider if you can stop in to have your blood pressure checked. Or check your blood pressure using the automated machines located at grocery stores or pharmacies.
  • If the top number is greater than 140, or the bottom number greater than 90, schedule an appointment with your provider.
  • If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, you may need to have your blood pressure checked more often.
To schedule an appointment to have your blood pressure checked with your provider, head over to https://ezdoctor.com and search for any doctors by name, specialty or location.

Cholesterol Disease and Heart Disease Prevention: Men over age 35 should be checked every 5 years.  

  • If you have risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes, start getting screened earlier at age 20.
  • If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or other conditions you may have to get checked more often.

Diabetes Screening:  If you have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25 and have other risk factors for diabetes, you should be screened. Having a BMI over 25 means that you are overweight.
Dental Exam: Go to the dentist every year for and exam and cleaning.
Eye Exam: If you have vision problems, get an eye exam every 2 years.
Immunizations: After age 19, you should have a tetanus-diphtheria and acellular pertussis (TdAP) once as part of your tetanus-diphtheria vaccines. You should have a tetanus-diphtheria booster every ten years.

  • You should get a flu shot every year.
  • You should get a human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine series if you have not already had it.
  • You should receive two doses of varicella vaccine if you were born after 1980, and never had chickenpox or the varicella vaccine. You doctor may recommend other immunizations if you have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes.

Infectious Disease Screening: Depending on your lifestyle and medical history, you may need to be screened for infections such as syphilis, chlamydia, and HIV, as well as the infections.
Physical Exam: You should see your provider for preventative health exams every 2 years.

  • Your height, weight and BMI should be checked at every physical exam.

During your exam your provider may ask you about:

  • Depression
  • Diet and Exercise
  • Alcohol and Tobacco use
  • Safety, such as use of seat belts and smoke detectors.

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