wellness checkups & preventive care
We at TCH are here to help you to look and feel your best. Our complete wellness program is designed to provide optimal health for men of all ages. We do not believe your age should limit your vitality and we are here to help you maintain healthy lifestyle. Our staff is here to make sure that you know what to expect during your visit and will do our best to make sure that you are comfortable with the exam process.
Texas Center for Health offers personalized comprehensive health care and partner with you in your overall wellness. Our TCH staff is committed to providing you with the information you need to make the best decisions about your health and wellness.
Importance of Wellness Checkups:
Even if you are feeling fine, everyone needs a regular checkup to avoid problems in the future. Men typically visit the doctor less than women do. However, there’s really no reason not to see your provider regularly for conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and depression.
There are also necessary screenings that are specific to men. This is why we encourage you to come in for wellness visits to speak with your provider about any health concerns you may have. These screenings check for diseases focusing on preventive care and counseling to assess your risk for future medical problems. Be sure that your share your medical and family history and lifestyle with your provider so that they can better help develop a preventative health plan for you. These screenings encourage a healthy lifestyle and helps you get to know your provider in case of an illness.
Possible Tests Included in Your Wellness Checkup:
You may receive the following screenings as part of your exam depending on your age:
PHYSICAL EXAM – You will have your height, weight, and BMI should be checked at every exam. During your exam you may be asked about diet and exercise, alcohol and tobacco use, depression, etc. so that your provider may better screen you and your overall health.
Heart Health - Heart health is a vital part of the aging process. There are several factors that can affect ones heart health from genetics to nutrition and exercise. Science shows that over eighty percent of heart disease is preventable with proper diet, exercise, and by not smoking.
- Bad cholesterol (LDL)
- Good cholesterol (HDL)
- Blood sugar
- Blood pressure check
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING - Have your blood pressure checked at least once every 2 years. If the top number (systolic number) is between 120 and 139 or the bottom number (diastolic number) is between 80 and 89 mm Hg or higher you should have it checked every year. If the top number is greater than 140, or the bottom number is greater than 90, you should schedule an appointment with your provider. If you have chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or kidney problems you should have your blood pressure checked more often than once a year.
CHOLESTEROL SCREENING AND HEART DISEASE PREVENTION - Screenings recommended to begin between the ages of 20 and 35. Men with diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems or other certain conditions may need to be checked more often.
DIABETES SCREENING – If your blood pressure is 140/80mm or higher, you may need to have your blood sugar checked for diabetes. If your BMI is greater than 25 or if you have other risk factors for diabetes such as family history of heart disease, you will likely need to be screened for diabetes.
EYE EXAM - If you have vision problems you should have an eye exam every 2 years, or more often if recommended by your provider. If you have diabetes you should have an eye exam annually.
IMMUNIZATIONS – Your provider will discuss your immunizations and make recommendations based on your health conditions.
INFECTIOUS DISEASE SCREENING (STD’s) – Your provider may recommend you be screened for infections such as syphilis, chlamydia, and HIV, as well as other infections depending on your lifestyle and medical history.
TESTICULAR EXAM - This exam checks for lumps that may be cancer along with other conditions that may affect the testicles.
HERNIA EXAM - This exam checks for abdominal wall weakness between the intestines and scrotum.
PROSTRATE EXAM – Your provider will check the prostate size and evaluates any suspicious areas. This exam is done most commonly after 50 years of age or if your physician feels necessary for testosterone replacement therapy.
COLONOSCOPY – Yes, if you are over 50, it’s that time. Not many relish the idea, but it’s important to have a colonoscopy if you are over 50, then every ten years thereafter. Our office will schedule your colonoscopy test after your annual wellness visit.