It’s an annual physical and discussion about your health that all women are advised to get to help identify serious health concerns before they become life threatening, according to a press release. Among those life-threatening issues are heart disease and stroke.

Your wellness visit will be tailored to your age, family history, past health history, and need for preventive screenings. Some services – such as checking your blood pressure, height, weight, and temperature – will be provided as needed, based on your medical and family history. (For example, if you had your cholesterol and blood sugar levels checked last year and they were normal, you likely will not need to have these screening tests done every year.)

The exam will also screen for other health problems that are unique to women including mammograms for breast cancer, pap smears for cervical cancer, prenatal care, bone-mass measurements for osteoporosis; plus “gender-neutral” screenings and services such as colon cancer screening, obesity screening and counseling, and shots to prevent flu, tetanus, and pneumonia.

It likely will take more than one visit to get all of your recommended screenings and services. Such procedures as a mammogram or colonoscopy would normally have to be scheduled into the future.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. A wellness visit should have an emphasis on detecting early signs of heart disease. The American Heart Association estimates that 80 percent of cardiovascular disease may be preventable. The wellness visit is likely to include tests such as cholesterol screening, body mass index, blood pressure and other evaluations specifically designed to help assess heart health.

The wellness visit something to consider scheduling each year. Patients who go several years between physical exams run the risk of a health problem going undetected and causing far more damage than if it were caught early.

Come see us to take care of your overall wellness needs today.