Visit Your Doctor

If you have not had a health exam by a doctor in over a year, schedule one today. Regular health exams, screenings, and treatments can help keep you in the best health possible. Seeing a health care provider can help find problems before they start, or if problems are found early, your chances for treatment and cure are better.

In preparing for your check-up remember these five things:

  1. Review your family history. Family history can influence your risk of developing heart disease, stroke diabetes or cancer. Knowing what medical conditions your close relatives have can help the provider assess your risk of disease. You can create a family health history online using My Family Health Portrait.

  2. Know if you need any screenings or vaccinations. Have you had the recommended screenings test based on your age, general health, family history and lifestyle? Check with your health care provider to see if it’s time for any vaccinations, follow-up exams or tests.

  3. Write down a list of issues and questions to take with you. Think of any existing health problems and note any changes. Be honest with your provider. Your provider develops a plan based partly on what you say you do. Be sure to write them down before hand. Once you are in the office or exam room, it can be hard to remember everything you want to know.

  4. Consider your future. Are there specific health issues that you need to address about your future? Are you thinking about getting pregnant, losing weight, taking a hazardous job or quitting smoking? Discuss any issues with your provider so that you can make better decisions regarding your health and safety.

  5. If you are planning a pregnancy and have medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, depression and others discuss your plans with your doctor before you become pregnant. Your doctor can help you be as healthy as possible before and during pregnancy.

Learn more about Things To Do Before Your Next Check-Up from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Page last updated: April 12, 2017