Monday, November 20, 2017

Preventive health checks at The Medical City Center for Wellness and Aesthetics

People book their flights and head out without having a health check. But here's how to enjoy a worry-free trip: make an appointment for a preventive health check six to eight weeks before your trip. 

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Dr. Denise Herrera Lavilles, section head for adult wellness at The Medical City – Center for Wellness and Aesthetics (TMC-CWA) shortlists tips and notes for a thorough health check up.

1. Discuss personal travel plans with your doctor to ensure you have the correct medications and/or vaccinations for your trip.

2. Don’t settle for basic diagnostic tests without seeing your doctor. A normal laboratory result does not always mean everything is okay. If you have a pre-existing health condition like diabetes or hypertension, your health check itinerary is best customized according to your profile, your medical history, symptoms and your planned activities for the trip.

3. Secure a cardio-pulmonary and fitness evaluation if your trip involves a lot of walking or other strenuous activities. Additional pulmonary function tests may be recommended for those with a history of asthma or cigarette smoking. Obese or overweight individuals should take a sleep test to check the risk for sleep apnea.

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4. Note that long periods of immobility while traveling can lead to a condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Sometimes called Economy Class Syndrome, deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep veins nestled in the muscles. Car trips and plane rides can lead to DVT if travelers are immobile for long periods of time and if their legs are confined in a cramped position.

5. Visit your doctor for preventive treatments like immunization and prophylactic medication, especially if you are traveling to parts of the world where certain diseases are endemic such as malaria.

The Medical City Center for Wellness and Aesthetics

The Medical City Center for Wellness and Aesthetics offers a Customized, Optimized, Personalized (COP) preventive health check that is tailor-made to the needs of the individual. This is made possible through health profiling which is a value-added service of TMC-CWA aimed at giving patients a better understanding of their health status. 

Through health profiling, previous results and health check reports of each patient are retrieved, collated, tabulated and reviewed by the doctors at the Medical City Center for Wellness and Aesthetics to show trends and emphasize health concerns that need to be addressed.

A visit to TMC-CWA for your COP preventive health check before you travel will make you feel secure about your health and let you enjoy your trips. Similarly, a health check after a long trip can also help ensure that you do not have any new medical issues or health concerns acquired during your travel.

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