With the new year just around the corner, now is the perfect time to schedule some important annual medical appointments that every adult needs. Many of us are guilty of putting off these appointments, but many experts agree that seeing doctors regularly can help catch problems early. Our team of Irving medical providers is here to help you achieve the best health possible. With over 20 specialties at our Irving clinic, we are prepared for whatever medical procedure you may need!
The annual medical appointments you should be making change as you get older. There are also a few screenings that are exclusive to women and men. Taking these medical tests can help our team of Irving medical experts identify problems and work with you to create effective health plans. Here are the tests you should schedule:
Primary Care Physician visit
This is a good appointment to make for either sex or any age! Having a physical can help screen for a variety of issues. Doctors take your vitals, which can help identify issues like blood pressure. A blood test can also screen for a variety of problems. Let your doctor know your family history, as he or she might want to run additional tests.
Starting in your 20s, women should visit the gynecologist to screen for a variety of women’s health issues. Going annually can help screen for breast cancer, especially if you have a history of breast cancer in your family.
Children are mostly the focus when it comes to vaccinations, but adults should consider their vaccinations as well. This will not be an annual appointment (except for the flu vaccine), since vaccines work for long periods of time, sometimes for life; however, there are some vaccines, like tetanus, that require boosters. Talk to your doctor when you get your physical if there are any vaccines you need to update.
When you enter your 40s, you should add a cholesterol screening once every 5 years. If you have risk factors like smoking, a history of heart disease or diabetes, and high blood pressure, you should consider starting cholesterol screenings in your 30s. Talk to your doctor to decide what’s right for you.
When women turn 40, they should begin to schedule annual mammograms at 40; however, some doctors recommend starting screenings when you turn 50. Talk to your doctor about your family history and other risk factors to determine the best starting date.
When you turn 50, start getting a colonoscopy every 5 or 10 years. This examination can catch colon cancer early, as well as check and make sure your colon is functioning properly.
If you have trouble with your vision or if your vision isn’t as clear as it used to be, consider scheduling a visit to the ophthalmologist. When you enter your 40s, many doctors recommend visiting an ophthalmologist every two to four years. Then, when you turn 65, start seeing an ophthalmologist regularly.
The start of a new year is a great time to schedule appointments. With many of us busy year round, it is easy to forget to take care of your health. By lining up your important annual medical appointments with the New Year, you get an easy reminder to take care of your health. Alternatively, you can schedule your medical appointments around your birthday. Whatever is easiest for you, just make sure you are taking care of your health!