The importance of having a medical checkup

The medical check-up is a medical examination, carried out by a doctor specializing in internal medicine that consists of the realization of a detailed medical history, followed by a physical examination by devices. And, in addition, the performance of a series of complementary examinations.

A medical check-up at GP South Auckland:

The main purpose of the medical check-up at GP south Auckland is the prevention of diseases, as well as the detection of the main cardiovascular risk factors and the early diagnosis of diseases. It’s about knowing the health status of a person.

90% of medical checkups would detect a disease. The frequency of finding one increases with age, since it is not the same to have a medical checkup at 40 years of age than at 60.

Types of medical check-up:

There are different types of medical checkups at Auckland medical center. In general, you can talk about preventive checkups and diagnostic checkup.

The preventive medical check-up is aimed at people without the known prior illness. It is the one that is performed in most cases. However, what we can call the diagnostic medical check-up focuses on deepening a specific symptom or pathology that the patient presents.

On the other hand, you can also differentiate between a basic check and a more complete check. The basic medical check-up consists of performing a medical history, a physical examination, blood, urine, and stool test, an electrocardiogram, and a chest X-ray.

In a complete medical check-up, all these tests are performed plus other examinations such as functional respiratory tests to determine the patient’s lung capacity, cardiological tests, such as an echocardiogram and a stress test and, an abdominal ultrasound.

In addition to undergoing all these tests, a urological examination is recommended by Botany medical Centre in the case of men, and a gynecological examination in the case of women. A review should also be done with an ophthalmologist and an otolaryngologist.

There are also a series of additional tests that are performed in certain situations. For example, in the case that the patient is a smoker, it is advisable to perform a scanner or a CT scan, capable of detecting a small nodule or a lung disease.

Another type of examination would be endoscopic studies such as Gastroscopy to detect hiatal hernias, gastritis or ulcers and Colonoscopy with sedation when there are disorders of the rhythm of stool deposition or blood emission.

It is also indicated when there is a family history of colon cancer or as a preventive study in people over 50.

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