Preventive care helps patients to avoid illness with regular checkups, screenings, and a long-term relationship with a healthcare provider who can monitor changes in a person’s health. Health screenings are an essential component of preventive care because the screenings reveal the early signs of disease as well as if a patient has an increased risk of developing a disease due to lifestyle habits or family medical history. Many patients only visit a healthcare provider when they feel sick to receive treatment for an illness that is already present. Preventive care is focused on helping patients maintain optimal health levels by promoting a healthier lifestyle.
Health screenings are medical tests and assessments that reveal a patient’s risk of developing a medical condition as well as some diseases that don’t present physical symptoms in their early stages. Screenings include a variety of lab work such as blood tests, urine tests, and other sample tests, as well as physical evaluations and a review of family medical history and lifestyle habits, including diet, smoking, and physical activity levels. Most serious health conditions can be prevented or better managed if the disease is caught in its earliest stages. A careful review of each patient's history and other factors like age and lifestyle can help determine which screenings are recommended for optimal health at every stage of life.
A person’s body changes with age and can become more prone to developing certain diseases. To protect your health and prevent the onset of illness, adults have regular screenings to ensure that the body is functioning properly and that no disease is present. Some of the most common preventive health screening tests include:
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