During your annual physical, you learn things about your health that may not be visible on the outside. That information is the primary reason why these exams are necessary. And knowing what questions to ask your doctor can help you get the most of your visit. Here are a few questions to discuss with your primary physician.
Is it time for routine screenings? At certain points throughout your life, you’ll need routine screenings—such as colonoscopies and mammograms—to check for various health issues. Your need for these screenings may vary depending on age, gender and your family’s medical history.
Has my health changed? No significant changes or improvements are a sign that you’re doing well. However, you may need to take action if your health has declined. In this case, talk to your doctor about lifestyle changes that can have a positive impact on your overall wellness.
What treatment options should I pursue? If a health issue is discovered, ask your doctor about treatment options and their side effects. He or she can provide you with a list of local specialists, if needed.
Are these medications right for me? Most medications come with side effects, and you should decide that the benefits outweigh those side effects before taking anything. Additionally, ensure that any new medication won’t have a negative interaction with other medications or supplements you currently take.
What’s my risk for heart disease? The number one cause of death in the US is heart disease, which makes it important to understand your risk and take action to protect your health. Discuss your cholesterol, blood pressure and other pertinent information. Your doctor will likely have recommendations that can help improve your heart health.
Ready to visit your doctor for an annual physical? Make sure your health insurance is up to date to help cover the expenses.
Are you covered? Call Simpson Financial Group at (877) 727-7780 for more information on Boston health insurance.