Medical Screening Guidelines

Even if you feel healthy, it is important to have an annual physical examination by your primary care provider. The National Institute of Health provides medical screening guidelines according to your age group. Depending on your health or family history, your primary health care provider may advise a different schedule. Learn more about medical health screening by age:

Your primary care 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 checkup 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

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