Generally, preventative healthcare is any kind of health-based medical care you
receive in the effort to stop disease or the progression of diseases before they become
unmanageable. In the medical field, preventative healthcare includes regular checkups
with a family doctor, screenings for craniological diseases, cancer and more.
Similarly, in dental applications, preventative care includes regular cleanings and
fillings to prevent tooth decay. Preventative healthcare is a primary combatant against
Regular Health Checkups Catch Diseases Early
Some diseases and conditions can present themselves with early symptoms. Your age,
gender, family medical history, and lifestyle can also contribute to your possibilities of
developing these conditions. Armed with this information, your healthcare provider
can develop action plans for you that can reduce your chances of developing these
For example, regular health checkups can let your doctor know if you are at risk for
high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes through laboratory testing and vital
sign record keeping.
If you’re a smoker, this can increase your chances of developing certain conditions.
Whether or not high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes or even cancer run
in your family also matters. Through regular visits, your doctor can monitor your
health and help you take steps toward reducing your chances of developing these
diseases or managing them if you already have them.
Your healthcare provider can advise you on:
● How to change your lifestyle to a more healthy one
● When to make nutritional changes to your diet
● Prescribing management medications for high blood pressure, cholesterol,
● If exercise is right for you and how much is too much.
● The management of stress levels.
How Health Checkups Can Save Your Life
Additionally, regular health checkups don’t just make it easier for your healthcare
provider to manage the progression of common diseases. They can save your life.
When a patient’s health is properly monitored, it’s easier for a doctor to identify
irregular signs of oncoming events that can be fatal such as heart attacks or strokes.
Proper screenings can catch cancer in its early stages. Age plays a role in this. It’s
estimated that women between the ages of 45 and 54 should get mammograms every
year. Women over the age of 54 should get them every two years. This can catch breast
cancer before it’s too late.
Similarly, individuals with a history of colon cancer should get screened at age 40 or 10
years younger than the earliest diagnosis age in their family.
Hearth Attack and Strokes
Tests such as an echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, and chest x-rays can tell a
doctor whether a patient’s heart has been damaged by a minor heart attack or if their
heart is at risk for a massive attack. Additionally, blood samples can be tested for the
presence of enzymes produced after heart attack damage.
Many people experience mild heart attacks without knowing it. These tests can alert a
doctor, who can then begin emergency care preparations for surgery to save your life.
Other tests such as an exercise stress test can be performed by a medical health
professional to assess a patient’s immediate risk for a heart attack. Tests for stroke
risks can also save your life.