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Health screening - men age 65 and older

Definition

All adults should visit their health care provider from time to time, even if they are healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:

  • Screen for diseases
  • Assess risk of future medical problems
  • Help develop a healthy lifestyle
  • Update vaccinations
  • Maintain a relationship with a doctor in case of an illness

Alternative Names

Health maintenance visit - men - over 65; Physical exam - men - over 65; Yearly exam - men - over 65; Checkup - men - over 65; Men's health - over 65

Information

Even if you feel fine, it is still important to see your health care provider regularly to check for potential problems. Most people who have high blood pressure don't even know it. The only way to find out is to have your blood pressure checked regularly. Likewise, high blood sugar and high cholesterol levels often do not produce any symptoms until the disease becomes advanced.

There are specific times when you should see your health care provider. Age-specific guidelines are as follows:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening:
  • Blood pressure screening:
  • Cholesterol screening:
  • Colon cancer screening for men age 50 - 75: One of the following screening tests should be done:
  • Dental exam:
  • Eye exam:
  • Immunizations:
  • screening: Osteoporosis
  • Prostate cancer screening:
  • Preventive health visit each year should include:

References

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2010.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. . Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2010.

Atkins D, Barton M. The periodic health examination. In:Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. . 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 14.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recommended adult immunization schedule -- United States, 2012. 2011;61(4):1-7.

Greenland P, Alpert JS, Beller GA, et al. 2010 ACCF/AHA guideline for assessment of cardiovascular risk in asymptomatic adults: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. . 2010;122(25):e584-e636.

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