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Important Annual Medical Appointments at MSCI

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.

Cholesterol screening

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!

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Five Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for celebrations and spending time with friends and family. Our team at MSCI is in the holiday spirit, and as we gear up for the holiday festivities, we wanted to put together a few tips on how to have a safe holiday. Following these tips ensures that your days are filled with cheer and holiday spirit and not an unexpected visit to the doctor’s office!

1)      Small parts in presents

One of the staples of the holidays is gift giving. If you have a little one running around, it is a good idea to keep a tab on what gifts they open. Toys with small parts can be a choking hazard for a small child. If you are the one giving the gift, consider assembling the toy first and reduce the number of potential choking hazards. You can then re-wrap the gift to give your child the same experience.

2)      Plan cooking ahead of time

The holidays usually involve some extravagant meals that involve a lot more steps than normal. Rushing through cooking can be dangerous, especially with multiple hot surfaces and sharp kitchen utensils. Creating a plan ahead of time can cut down on stress and also help avoid burns and cuts.

3)      Take care of yourself

With so much to do, so many people to see, and so much activity happening around you, it is easy to get overwhelmed around the holidays. There is nothing wrong with taking a little time for yourself. Find a quiet corner of your house, take a quick trip to the store, or do something that will ease your mind. Whatever it takes, de-stress and relax, especially when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

4)      Exercise good hygiene habits

When you’re going to be around a lot of people, one of the most important things you can do is maintain good hygiene. Cover your mouth when you cough with your sleeve, wash your hands frequently to prevent spreading germs, and make sure you stay away from the elderly and little children if you are sick. It is easy to spread illnesses when you have so many people around, so do your best to stay healthy this holiday season.

5)      Keep a close eye on young ones

The holidays tend to be more exciting when you have young ones around. They bring an energy that few adults match. It’s important to keep a close eye on children as they run around, especially if you are not at your own home. Your hosts might not have childproofed their home as well as your own, so be sure that your child is safe this holiday season.

We hope that your holiday season is filled with happiness and joy. MSCI will be open for regular business hours every day except for December 25th. The clinic will re-open December 26th. We will also be closed on January 1. If you need to see one of our Irving doctors, consider making an appointment today!