There are a number of different benefits that can be derived from getting an annual exam. In an age when you should be in touch with your health more so than in former generations, a yearly exam can actually turn out to be a very positive thing.
The Annual Exam
The first point of your annual exam is to help you figure out how your health has changed since your last annual exam. This is your opportunity to learn if your blood pressure is too high, if your blood sugar is off or if some other underlying condition is making its presence known. Since knowledge is power, you want to find out for yourself what health factors you should be concerned about. This should prompt you to want to make any necessary lifestyle changes, which helps you to improve the factors that raise concerns with you and our doctor.
As an informed patient, you might even want to ask our doctor to run tests you are interested in seeing the results of yourself. This way you are involved in getting the most out of your annual exam by being informed enough to monitor the aspects of your health that concern you the greatest.
Do Not Be Afraid to Ask Questions
You must be ready to ask our doctor a lot of pointed questions. In the past, you may have gone in for an annual physical, the doctor checks things out, runs some tests and you walk away no wiser as to what is going on with your overall health. You should view this as unacceptable. Do not just assume that if the doctor does not make a stink about some underlying health condition that everything must be okay. Prying for information is not only your right, but your obligation to yourself. How can you make important changes to your own health, in order to improve your overall health condition, if you are not sure what is going on with your health? If any immediate health concerns arise, you should question our doctor to obtain a comprehensive grasp on a plan of action to take in order to address the concerns raised during your exam.
Our doctor will get a lot of information from running various tests during your annual exam. It is up to you to take notes and learn what medical terms and the test numbers actually mean. Only then will you be in a position to properly grasp what our doctor is talking about. When you take notes and educate yourself about the findings, you become an informed patient who is able to make sense of the information our doctor is trying to share with you. This means you will need to do some homework on your end, but staying on top of your health is worth the effort and adds new meaning to the benefits you can reap from your annual exam.
Schedule Your Annual Exam Today
At Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery and Spa in Wayzata, we offer annual exams as part of our comprehensive health care services for women. We cannot overstate the importance of getting an annual exam. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!