Regular check-ups are crucial to maintaining our health and well-being.
That should never change during our lives, so we should periodically see a doctor to prevent the appearance of any illness, especially chronic ones.
The world has evolved a lot in the last decades and the risk factors have grown with it. We have become a society with a worse diet, a more sedentary lifestyle and other quite unhealthy habits. In addition, stress also affects our mental health.
However, when should I go? Who should I visit? What tests should I have? First, you should know that the checkups are to PREVENT the appearance of illnesses, which means that it is not necessary to have any symptoms for you to go, or to FOLLOW up illnesses that have already been diagnosed. However, the frequency and other variables depend on various criteria that we have classified so that you can identify yourself and learn how to control yourself:
Assuming that you are a healthy adult (between 18 and 55 years old), without any associated risk factors (sedentary lifestyle, obesity, poor diet, etc.) it is necessary to consult your doctor at least once a year and have the tests indicated (which are usually about 20), which give information about the functioning of almost your entire body.
On the other hand, many times age is also a risk factor. Adult males who are over 40 should include certain specific cardiovascular tests in their regular check-ups, such as an electrocardiogram and perhaps a rhythm Holter. All this, of course, will be decided by your doctor.
However, you should know that the frequency of doctor's visits (every year) may increase (every six months) if you have any associated factors such as a risk job, live under special conditions (overcrowding) or if there is someone in your family who may be at risk of life and is contagious (such as tuberculosis patients).
Adults with Comorbidities
The problem is that many times there is some associated disease, which is what we know as comorbidity. It may be hypertension or diabetes, which are the most frequent chronic pathologies in the world, but there are also other diseases that stand out such as lupus, inflammatory intestinal diseases, COPD, asthma, etc.
For each of these diseases, the interval between visits to the doctor by checkup may vary. In addition, depending on the severity of the pathology, it is also possible that the periods between check-ups may be shortened. For example, a patient with mild to intermittent asthma would need a checkup every 3 to 6 months, however, a person with severe asthma should attend every two weeks and progressively extend the interval as they regain control over their disease.
Many times, different regular check-ups are needed. In the case of hypertension, it is good for the patient to go every 3 months for a cardiovascular check-up by a general practitioner, but also to go to the cardiologist at least once or twice a year. These are different evaluations and it is a type of specialized supervision that is necessary.
Unlike controls on healthy adults, in older adults more emphasis needs to be placed on the degenerative and tumorous pathologies that occur most frequently in that population. For this reason, it may be necessary to expand our range of options and use other tests that, in common protocols, would not be used in healthy adults.
These may include endoscopy and colonoscopy, even a CT scan. It all depends on the older adult's condition, since not everyone has the same commitment to their health. Some people may reach 70 with a good organic condition, although the signs of aging can be anywhere.
In addition, a "self-evaluation" check must be made. After a series of questions, the doctor will determine whether the older adult is self-valent and, depending on this, will indicate a series of special measures. It is not the same for an elderly person who is capable of shopping on their own, as for one who has dementia and cannot.
In the case of our beloved older adults, regular medical consultations should be at least every 6 months. Aging affects us all differently and can lead to rapid onset complications in older patients.
Just as you go to the doctor because you want to PREVENT the appearance of organic diseases, you must go to the doctor to prevent the appearance of psychological disorders. All doctors, including general practitioners, are trained to provide early diagnostic evaluation in patients with mental disorders.
It is necessary that, in case there is no significant pathological background, you should go to your general practitioner or psychiatrist once a year. How do you know if there is any background? In the first consultation, they should take all your data and create a specialized medical history, oriented towards mental health. From there, you will know when and how to consult with your specialists.
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At English Doctor Barcelona we know first-hand the importance of good medical control and of emphasizing preventive health. For this reason, we not only have the best equipment and devices available, but also a trained staff, which seeks to provide you with the best possible medical care.
When it comes to our health, no effort is in vain. If you have any doubts about which group you belong to or how often you should go for your check-ups, do not hesitate to ask us. After all, we are a healthcare provider who is truly committed to your health, and that of your loved ones. We are English Doctor Barcelona, health professionals who think about your present, and your future.