Medical Screening Guidelines

Even if you feel healthy, it is important to have an annual physical examination. The National Institute of Health provides general guidelines for scheduling screenings and appointments. Depending on your health or family history, your primary care provider may advise a different schedule.

Your doctor will check for potential medical conditions and evaluate any changes in your body you've noticed even if the symptoms or changes seem small. The benefits of an annual check up include:

  • Screening for diseases or conditions that in the early stages may not present symptoms
  • Assessing your risk for future medical problems
  • Updating vaccinations
  • Checking for high blood pressure and/or cholesterol and establishing regular monitoring if they are high
  • Maintaining a relationship with your doctor so he or she is aware of your overall health should you acquire a sudden or serious illness