A 9 Step Well-Check Checklist — Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic

1. Measure height and weight These standard measurements provide a baseline and a way to monitor your health. For example, big changes in weight can indicate health problems.

2. Check vital signs You know the routine — blood pressure and heart rate especially. These are important for everyone to monitor, but especially if you have a family history of heart disease.

3. Review personal health concerns Is a new symptom bothering you? Have you noticed something you want to follow up about? This is your chance. Come prepared to ask questions.

4. Review medical care preferences This is also your chance to review your preferences related to medical care. Have you considered your approach to blood transfusions or do not resuscitate (DNR) status, for example? These aren’t always easy conversations to have, but your doctor can walk you through them.

5. Assess your social environment and how it affects your health Are you around a lot of smoking? Is stress a major issue for you at work? What is your diet like? Knowing about these types of environmental factors can help your doctor know your risks — and help you reduce them.

6. Review your medication list What are you currently taking, including supplements and over-the counter drugs? Knowing this information helps with future prescriptions and with avoiding any dangerous drug interactions.

7. Review family health history Family history is such an important tool in personalized healthcare. Come prepared with information about your relatives, including what conditions they have or had, and if they are no longer living, how they died and at what age. The Surgeon General’s My Family Health Portrait website is one tool among many that can help.

8. Have an actual physical exam Your doctor will evaluate each organ system. For certain age groups, this also may include a clinical breast exam and pelvic exam for women and a genital and prostate exam for men.

9. Get necessary tests and screenings This may include blood tests, which are customized to evidence-based screening guidelines for your age group and sex. Be sure to follow up with your doctor’s office about results, too.

This list is not all-inclusive, of course. Depending on your health, your doctor may order additional tests or ask additional questions. Remember that an annual well-check is all about you — so it will be tailored to you, too.

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