Regular check-ups can help find and treat problems before they get more serious. Check-ups are often called preventive care because they help to prevent you from getting sick or solve a health problem before it gets worse.
Here are some simple steps you can take to get the most out of your check-up:
- Think about your personal health care goals. What do you want to get out of your health care visit?
- Make a list of questions or things you want to talk about at the appointment.
- Find out about your personal health history.
- Existing illnesses
- Vaccination record
- Childhood diseases
- Personal habits (for example, exercise habits, eating habits, tobacco and alcohol use)
- Find out about your family health history. For example, have any of your close relatives had:
- Heart disease
- Take notes to help you remember what you talked about with your health care provider.
- Remember, it is your appointment. Feel free to ask questions and ask your health care provider to repeat something if you don’t understand.
Whether you have had a check-up or a sick visit, there may be things you need to do afterwards like going to a lab for a test or taking a medicine. Before you leave the appointment, make sure you know what to do next. If you aren’t sure, don’t be afraid to ask.
Health Care Providers. You should have one main health care provider or primary care provider, but you will probably get health services in other places too. Use this sheet to keep track of where you and your family get your care.
Personal and Family Health History. It is important for you and your health care provider to know your health history and the health history of your closest family members.