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LEARN: CHECK-UP FROM THE NECK UP

Why do you take your car in for an oil change and tune-up? To keep things running smoothly and avoid getting stuck on the side of the road when it breaks down, right? So, why would go to the doctor when you aren’t sick? For the same reason—to keep your body running like a well-oiled machine and preventing a break down. When it comes to keeping your body in top form, an annual visit to your health care provider can help you stay healthy and discover small problems, like high blood pressure, before they become big ones, like a heart attack or stroke.

Blood pressure is often called the “silent killer” because it has no symptoms. As it increases, it can quietly damage your body before symptoms become noticeable. If caught early, you can manage your high blood pressure and prevent series, life-altering problems. Take charge of your health and do a little annual preventive maintenance—your body will thank you!

An annual visit with your health care provider is important to prevent medical problems from slowing you down. At this appointment don’t be shy!

Six items not to miss on your annual exam:

  • Establish a relationship with your care team
  • Give a detailed family medical history
  • Do age appropriate screenings
  • Receive needed vaccinations
  • Bring up any concerns
  • Bring a list of things you would like to talk about

Your doctor will be impressed and appreciate you taking action!

If it’s time to schedule your annual exam, the easiest way to do it is with RelayHealth. You can request your appointment anytime of the day or night with this online secure messaging tool that keeps you in touch with your health care team.

Links to find out more about preventive screenings:

CDC - Regular Check-ups Are Important: http://www.cdc.gov/family/checkup/

CDC - Check-up Check List - Things to do For Your Next Appointment: http://www.cdc.gov/family/checkuplist/index.htm

AHRQ - Questions to Your Doctor: http://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/patient-involvement/ask-your-doctor/index.html​​