Earlier this month I wrote about my visit to the Carl Vogel Center during National Women’s Health Week in Washington D.C. I described my encounter with the dedicated staff, vibrant community of patients, and exciting health education workshop that the Center hosted. I also wrote about ways that women could extend their enthusiasm and commitment for health into the rest of the year.
At their celebration of National Women’s Checkup Day, the Carl Vogel Center provided attendees with a cheat-sheet of information on general screening and immunizations that women need at the unique ages and stages of their lives. In an effort to promote year-round health consciousness and utilize the resources that patient advocacy organizations like CVC provide, I am sharing their cheat-sheet with you. Take the time to become familiar with your needs throughout the life cycle – this information is not only empowering but also truly life-saving.
Please note that the timelines indicated are general guidelines. Your specific health conditions and needs may require alternative plans – a health professional can help you to personalize this long-term outline.
A full check-up or well-patient visit is recommended every one to two years. These appointments are an opportunity for you to raise issues about weight/obesity, tobacco or drug use, depression and mental health, general skin care and mole examination, thyroid testing and questions about medication. If you have other concerns, a general practitioner will be able to answer basic questions and direct you toward helpful specialists or resources.
Beginning at age 19, it is recommended that you get a blood pressure test at least every two years. If high blood pressure or high cholesterol runs in your family, you may want to be tested more frequently and discuss early prevention and treatment options with a health care professional.
By age 50, it is suggested that you begin to discuss issues of bone and joint health with your care provider and consider undergoing a bone mineral density test.