Check-up refers to health screening for a person with no health problem/active complaint considering his/her age, sex, medical history, familial history, hereditary risks, nutritional habit, lifestyle and environmental factors.
For a long and healthy life…
Check-up aims to prevent diseases and detect disorders at early stage in high-risk patients.
Many diseases progress insidiously and they are asymptomatic until the late stages. On the other hand, mild symptoms that may be indicative of a serious disease are ignored in the daily course of life. Unfortunately, the diseases identified at the late stages reduce the success of treatment and the risk of side effects increases since more aggressive treatments would be required. The fact that the success of treatment is pretty high when the diseases are detected at the early stages reveals out the importance of check-up.
Who Should Have Check-Up?
Anybody who wants to maintain a healthy life should have check-up. There is no age limitation to have check-up, including childhood.
Also, regular check-ups will be a very correct approach to live a healthy and long life for those who are under risks due to age, sex, family history (diabetes, hypertension, hereditary cancers and diseases in family members and close relatives), lifestyle and nutritional habits.
Which procedures are included in Check-up?
First, check-up content is determined according to age and sex.
A health examination is made by a doctor and the check-up process is started. On this examination, your medical history, family history, nutritional habits, lifestyle and specific environmental factors are investigated. After relevant information is obtained, below mentioned laboratory tests (blood, urine and stool) and imaging methods are ordered. The results of these tests are reviewed by check-up doctor. In case any risk is identified for any disease, check-up content is broadened and the patient is referred to the relevant department, if required. At the final phase, the patient is provided recommendations for a healthy life in line with the results of all tests and examination and it is determined how frequently should the patient have check-up.
- Complete blood count
- General health screening
- Biochemistry profile (blood glucose, hepatic function tests, renal function tests)
- Blood lipids and cholesterol
- Hormone profile
- Fecal occult blood
- Cardiac stress test
- Chest X-ray
- Mammogram (for women aged above 40):
- Cancer markers (according to age and risks)
- Breast examination (for all women aged 20 and above)
- Gynecologic exam (for women aged above 40):
- Urologic exam (for men aged above 40)
Check-up once a year helps you manage all your health risks!
How frequently should you have check-up?
Check-up rather serves the purpose of preventive medicine in young individuals, while it aims to detect diseases at the early stages in elderly ones. The frequency of check-ups is determined according to age, sex and risk factors, as is the case with check-up content.
Generally, it is recommended to have check-up once a year for everyone regardless of age. Thanks to regular check-ups, sequential results can be compared to each other, changes in your general health status and risk factors can be followed up and necessary measures can be taken.
Individuals who are under risk for any disease are recommended to have check-up more than once a year. Individuals aged above 40 are recommended to have check-up twice a year.
Considerations before Check-Up
Following the below mentioned recommendations before presenting for check-up will enable us complete the examinations smoothly. Otherwise, the process may prolong.
Do not eat & drink anything for minimum 12 hours before presenting to the hospital. You can only drink water (excluding tea, coffee, chewing gum, and smoking).
If cardiac stress testing will be done, you should bring sportswear, sport shoes and towel.
You should avoid drinking alcohol at least 24 hours prior to the check-up appointment.
You should take shower and avoid cosmetic products (perfume, cream etc.) before the check-up.
You can take your current medications as usual, but bring these medications with you or inform your doctor in detail about the medications before the check-up.
Pregnant women should necessarily the inform check-up doctor that they are pregnant.
If you have had a check-up in the past, please bring all test results with you.
Always keep in mind that the most successful treatment is prevention.
You can contact us for a personalized check-up program.