Part of a holistic lifestyle is scheduling a general health checkup. Undergoing regular screenings help your doctor find potential issues before these become problems. Doctors also recommend this to help their patients develop health management plans.
But, what should you expect in a general health checkup?
Just to make things clear – a general health checkup is a straightforward procedure. You’re likely going to spend a day in a clinic for the entire checkup. In some cases, you may be required to come back for additional tests.
Different Types of Tests in General Checkups
When getting a physical examination, one of the tests that doctors often recommend is a urinalysis. A urinalysis is a series of tests to check for signs of conditions through a patient’s urine. Doctors may tell patients to undergo this test to check for conditions at their earliest stage, such as kidney disease, diabetes, and liver disease. Urinalysis may also be done as part of a pregnancy checkup.
An important part of a general health check up is a heart test. This helps your doctor diagnose the condition of your heart and recommend the appropriate treatments based on their findings. Heart tests may include a series of procedures: angiography, blood tests, blood pressure monitoring, and electrocardiograph (ECG) tests. Your doctor may not prescribe you to undergo all procedures; rather, he may recommend tests based on your current condition and symptoms.
Blood tests help doctors detect certain conditions. If they find something unusual in your blood, it may mean that some of your organs might have a problem. For instance, doctors may prescribe a blood test to check if your kidneys, liver, thyroid, and heart are in good condition. Blood tests may also help doctors find out whether you are at risk for heart disease.
Ready for Your Checkup?
Be sure to call your clinic and talk to their staff before you proceed with your checkup. Bring with you the necessary medical documents or medical history to help the attending doctor understand more about your condition.