“The essential is invisible to the eyes” is one of the brilliant reflections that the mythical book of The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, gives us. A sentence that serves as a starting point to start our post today.
At this stage we are more aware than ever that there is nothing more essential than our health, a treasure that we must take care of as far as we can. In this sense, it is a good dynamic to listen to the symptoms of our body and to go to a medical professional in case we need it, but … what about these pathologies, those diseases that, as in our header phrase, remain invisible to our senses? Because there are certainly undetectable ailments or illnesses that it is better to locate in time thanks to the help of professionals in order to be able to treat and cure them.
That is the main reason that demonstrates the importance of periodic reviews according to age , which must include a series of tests that serve to assess what our general health is in a complete way, being able to detect physical problems and diseases in order to treat them. or life habits that are harmful in order to correct them. And if we are healthy as an apple, better than better: let’s enjoy it, don’t trust ourselves … and come back at the next appointment (the following year). As much laziness as it may give us, carrying out an annual medical check-up represents a fully correct decision regarding our personal well-being and the best way to monitor and take care of our health.
What do the Preventive Medicine programs include?
Mainly, a large number of tests and analyzes that serve to carry out a reliable medical control of our health. Generally, a test will be started to prepare -or modify, if there is any alteration or novelty- the patient’s clinical history, so that the doctor has the most complete information on our physical state, past illnesses and habits, for later carry out the usual tests. Among them, a blood test -and surely also a urine one-, as well as a complete physical examination that includes tests that determine the functioning of our senses, in addition to an electrocardiogram and a chest x-ray. That speaking in general lines, since there are several types of medical examinations which we will explain below.
A standard medical examination designed to check the health status of adult patients that helps both detection and prevention. It usually includes, as a minimum, the aforementioned procedures: medical questionnaires, blood and urine tests, electrocardiograms, chest x-rays, specific tests for sight, hearing or lung capacity …
Screenings are especially important during the first years of life until adolescence, especially with regard to babies, since it is important to detect any health problems that may exist as soon as possible , in addition to knowing exactly the family background (genetic characteristics, possible hereditary diseases) of the newborn. General medical check-ups by a pediatrician and with a decreasing frequency – monthly in principle, then bimonthly, yearly afterwards – are essential, as well as ophthalmological, hearing and dental check-ups and the administration of the necessary vaccines.
If it is essential to monitor and care for the health of a young person, it is also essential for older, weaker and more vulnerable people over the years. Therefore, the Third Age must also be cautious and undergo periodic medical tests, at least annually. General blood and urine tests, gynecological check-ups and tests aimed at the prevention of diseases, which appear more frequently or worsen in older ages, are also recommended.
In the case of women, health deserves a separate chapter, since it is pertinent to carry out a complete gynecological check-up every year that includes a breast examination and cytology. It is also recommended, after completing the quarantine, the performance of mammograms.
Complete and exhaustive medical analyzes, aimed at studying the operation of a specific system, either due to a problem, disease or weakness or simply in a preventive way, which never hurts. Thousands of specific check-ups can be carried out: cardiological, pulmonological, digestive, urological, oncological …
Does health insurance include medical check-ups?
The answer is affirmative: a complete s should include the carrying out of periodic medical check-ups, so we will have to pay attention to the coverage included in the policy in this regard. There are insurance products that integrate the generic annual medical examinations and even the specific ones that we have cited throughout this article. Undoubtedly, having this guarantee gives you the peace of mind of having within our reach a great help to monitor and take care of our greatest good: health.