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Benefits of Routine Checkups

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Benefits of Routine Checkups

How Wellness Exams Support Your Health & Wellness

While many people head to the doctor's office when they're feeling under the weather, routine wellness exams can also help support your health. The health experts at Antelope Valley Hospital are here to share some of the many benefits of seeing your primary care doctor for regular checkups.

What to Expect During a Routine Check-up:

Physical Exam

During your checkup, it’s normal for your doctor to do a physical exam. More often than not, this portion of your exam will include:

  • Checking your temperature
  • Listening to your lungs and heart
  • Taking your blood pressure
  • Checking your eyes, nose, and throat
  • Pressing on your abdomen to check for organ placement
  • Touching various parts of your body to feel for lumps or growths

Routine Screenings

When it comes to the successful treatment of certain health issues, it is imperative for them to be caught early on. This makes it especially important to see your primary care doctor for routine health screenings during your wellness exam.

It is recommended that adults should be getting screened for the following health issues regularly:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • HIV/AID
  • Oral health issues
  • Sexually transmitted diseases and infections
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Viral hepatitis

Once any of these health issues are properly diagnosed, your doctor can advise the best course of treatment and refer you out to the necessary specialist.

Monitoring & Managing Health Risks

When it comes to developing certain health complications, there are a number of factors that increase your risk of developing them. Seeing your primary care physician on a regular basis helps them to monitor those risks while advising you to make certain changes to your lifestyle to help minimize your overall risk of developing them.

Important risk factors for health complications include:

  • Ages
  • Gender
  • Family history
  • Genetics
  • Physical activity levels
  • Tobacco and alcohol use

If you have any concerns when it comes to supporting your health and wellness, be sure to talk to your primary care physician.

Specialty Care in Lancaster, CA

As the only full-service, acute-care hospital in Antelope Valley, Antelope Valley Hospital is proud to deliver exceptional medical care to the community we serve. Our knowledgeable staff is dedicated to providing our patients with heartfelt, compassionate care and medical excellence.

Call (661) 949-5000 or visit our dedicated services page for more information about the offerings at AVH.