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Your Number One Health Resolution for 2018

 

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS, Medical Director

(Recently, I met with two patients who shared almost the same health experience. I decided this was divine intervention and a story to share with our blog readers here at Sterling Surgicare):

A man in his early 30’s had not undergone an annual physical for the past three years. He was a young father, busy with work and coaching his son’s Little League team. He had no existing health issues.

To qualify for a discount on his medical insurance premium, he needed to undergo a routine physical exam.

Reluctantly, he made the appointment. During the course of the physical, he had an EKG, was asked questions about stress, pain, nutrition and exercise, and any concerns he may have. He then had routine blood and urine tests.

“I went to the doctor’s office with the goal of getting out as soon as possible,” he recalled.

Sound familiar?

A week later, his blood test results flagged some areas of concern and further tests were performed. After more tests and a visit to a specialist, the seemingly healthy man was diagnosed with very early stage cancer.

But the cancer was caught early, thanks to his routine physical, and his treatment plan is significantly less invasive than if the cancer was diagnosed at a later, more advanced stage.

A simple yearly check-up for a ‘healthy guy’ undercovers asymptomatic cancer.

A Routine Doctor’s Office Visit Uncovers Hypertension

A woman in her 40’s was undergoing a routine office visit with her family doctor to determine if she would quality for bariatric surgery. “I made the appointment mainly to get a bariatric surgery referral,” she explains. “Before the doctor even came in, the nurse took my blood pressure three times and then called the doctor to come in immediately.”

She was diagnosed with hypertension, dangerously high blood pressure, and sent to the ER for immediate care. The busy healthcare professional had no idea she was precariously close to having a life-threatening emergency—until she saw her doctor with a different medical issue in mind.

Since both people are now receiving treatment, their chances of making a full recovery are high.

New Year’s Resolution #1 – Get Your Annual Health Exam

And so, as I wish each of you the best of the holiday season, I ask that you call your doctor and schedule a physical examination in January (and for those you love!)

Get it on the calendar now and don’t reschedule. Talk with your doctor about your health, including worries and concerns. Have the testing done and act on the results.

Make sure your body’s pistons are working full throttle. And if you need something fixed, find out now rather than later.

Regardless of the joyful chaos of the season, take five minutes to set yourself up for a healthy 2018.

May the New Year bring you every success, outstanding health and much happiness.

Dr. Adeyeri