6 ideas for returning to your common physician check-up | Well being information
SUNDAY, Aug 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Admit it, you’ve likely postponed doctor visits if possible during the pandemic and getting your health care back on track is a daunting prospect.
Don’t worry, says an expert who gives advice on resuming personal health visits.
The first step is to put aside any shame about defaulting on regular appointments, said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, President of the American Heart Association (AHA).
“Stress challenged us all, and our lives and routines were turned upside down. There’s nothing to be ashamed of here, ”Lloyd-Jones said in an AHA press release. “The key is – let’s move forward together.”
Before your appointment, start taking and documenting body values like your daily weight, blood pressure (if you have a blood pressure cuff at home), and blood sugar level (for diabetics), he suggested.
“While it’s been a while since you’ve been tracking your body metrics, the current readings can help your doctor determine if there have been any significant changes,” said Lloyd-Jones, Chair of Preventive Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University, in Chicago.
Before your appointment, make a list of questions and work out a plan of action with your doctor on how to meet health goals but set realistic goals.
“Remember, small, consistent habits can lead to big changes over time,” said Lloyd-Jones.
If you have any new physical or mental health symptoms, don’t wait to see your doctor, he advised.
“New symptoms of chest pain, in particular, are always a red flag,” said Lloyd-Jones. “This is something we want to know about asap and you see.”
It’s also important to see your doctor right away if your medications aren’t working as well as they used to, or if you can’t afford them.
“Our goal, like yours, is to make sure you get the care you need to live the long, healthier life you can,” said Lloyd-Jones.
If you don’t have a family doctor or unemployment has restricted your access to health care, resources like federally qualified health centers and community health centers can help, he added.
Fortunately, far fewer Americans are still postponing health visits because of the pandemic.
A survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducted between June 23 and July 5, 2021, found that 19% of adults in the United States said they had not received medical care in the past four weeks due to the pandemic or late, compared to 45% in the same period last year.
SOURCE: American Heart Association, press release, Aug. 4, 2021
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