Did you know that many individuals invest more time in researching the purchase of a new vehicle than they do selecting a physician at a community hospital ? In honor of National Wise Healthcare Consumer Month this February, take a few minutes to consider ways that you can become more proactive about your well-being.
Pay Attention to Your Body
Many people ignore aches and pains, changes in bowel and urinary habits, abrupt changes in energy levels, and other common issues. While seemingly minor health concerns such as these may not always signal a problem, they can sometimes indicate an underlying condition that requires treatment. The first step in being proactive about your healthcare is to pay attention to the signals your body sends you. It’s a good idea to make a note of any unusual symptoms you’ve noticed and when they occurred.
Schedule Wellness Exams
Make appointments at your local hospital for check-ups according to the schedule your doctor recommends. Bring along your list of unusual symptoms you’ve experienced or other health concerns you have. By checking in with your doctor regularly, you can stay on top of your wellness.
Consider Screening Tests
At your wellness exam, ask your healthcare provider whether it makes sense for you to have any screening tests. Your physician can review your medical history and various risk factors, such as your age, to determine whether it’s appropriate for you to have any tests. You might benefit from a check of your blood sugar or cholesterol levels, for example, or your doctor might recommend a thyroid function test.
Ask Plenty of Questions
If your doctor does recommend a screening test, diagnoses you with a condition, or recommends a course of treatment, it’s always a good idea to ask any questions you may have. For instance, you might ask how you can expect your medical condition to affect you in your daily life or what side effects may occur from a particular treatment.
Regional Medical Center of San Jose is your partner in health. The healthcare providers in our robotic surgery, stroke care, and breast care units, and throughout our community hospital are dedicated to providing the information you need to make decisions for your well-being. San Jose residents can call (408) 259-4000 to speak with a registered nurse at our hospital.