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Few things in life matter more than paying close attention to your health and how your body responds in different situations. Unfortunately, too many people put off seeking medical help until extensive damage has already occurred from a preventable or at least treatable problem. One excellent way to care for yourself is to schedule periodic preventive care appointments, especially tests to determine if you have a particular problem that needs attention quickly.

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Why is Preventive Healthcare Important?

Not every health problem is easy to detect. Some potentially dangerous diseases or conditions cause relatively mild symptoms early on, and by the time symptoms become serious enough to send a patient to the doctor, the damage has already been done. Treatment then becomes far more difficult or sometimes impossible to complete. Periodic preventive health tests will alert you quickly to any problems and allow you and your doctor to develop a long-term treatment plan. Several tests you should make sure to schedule include:

  1. Circulatory tests
  2. Breathing tests
  3. Allergy tests
  4. General wellness exams

1) Circulatory Tests

Your body relies on a strong circulatory system to keep vital nutrients and oxygen moving to your organs. Poor circulation, whether the result of a disease or simply of bad habits, can lead to significant health issues over time. You may find yourself dealing with difficulty controlling your limbs, wounds that never fully heal, or numbness in your extremities. Many people don’t go to the doctor about potential circulatory concerns until it’s too late. If you suspect you may have a circulatory problem or are at risk for one, get in touch with your doctor immediately.

2) Breathing Tests

Not everyone’s lungs function the way they should. Diseases such as asthma or simple chronic breathing struggles can make it difficult to inhale the amount of oxygen you need. If you constantly find yourself out of breath or live with a condition that makes breathing a chore, schedule a spirometry test with your doctor to determine the extent of the problem.

3) Allergy Tests

More than 50 million Americans live with allergies. You may not even be aware that you have an allergy to a particular food or substance until you find yourself dealing with a potentially dangerous reaction. While many allergies are relatively harmless and the effects wear off with time and treatment, severe allergies have the potential to be life-threatening. Knowing your allergens could save you one day! Scheduling an allergy test in a controlled environment with your doctor allows you to safely identify your allergens and make a long-term plan to deal with them.

Pro Tip: Feeling numbness or tingling in your mouth while eating certain fruits is not normal! You’re likely having a mild allergic reaction. Talk to your doctor about how to deal with your allergy.

4) General Wellness Exams

Doctors are trained to respond in emergency situations, but they’re also trained to keep you healthy. Don’t just visit a medical professional when you’re already sick. Wellness exams allow you and the doctor to keep tabs on your health and catch any potentially alarming conditions before they become too serious. Consult with your doctor to decide how frequently you should schedule wellness visits.

Identify Problems Early

The sooner you can identify what’s causing you discomfort, the sooner you can pursue effective treatment and improve your quality of life. You may even save your life by doing so. Don’t wait! Get in touch with your doctor to ask about preventive services and screening today.

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