What will happen during the check-up?
Your GP should know all about your health care. He should know about all specialists you go to, to coordinate your health care accordingly. Sometimes, GPs don't know anything about therapy their patient is receiving from other professionals and they might mistakenly recommend them a similar medication with a different name.
Your GP will take your blood samples (more information below), which will reveal any anomalies in cholesterol or sugar levels (glycemia) and other important information. He will also take a sample of your urine.
During the check-up, you will talk about your health condition and the doctor will examine your body (visually, by touch, your heartbeat, etc.). He will check your height and weight to tell you something about your BMI (Body Mass Index) and also your blood pressure. Then you will move on to sight and hearing examination and the doctor will see, if your vaccinations are up to date. He might also examine your birthmarks. If you have breast or testicular cancer in your family, he might send you to a gynecologist or urologist. He should also tell you something about self-examination.
- After you turn 40, the doctor will do an EKG examination of your heart, which will then repeat every 4 years. If you have problems with high blood pressure, the examination will repeat every 2 years.
- After you turn 45, the doctor will send you to a mammography (if you are a woman). Men can see a urologist.
- After you turn 50, the doctor will offer you to do a FOB Test (Fecal Occult Blood Test) to check for any hidden blood in your stool, which is often a first symptom of colon cancer. If you test positive, you will be recommended to undergo a colonoscopy (an examination of your colon per rectum).
- GP will also check your physical capacity to drive after you turn 65, 68, 70 and then every 2 years. He will also do a physical and psychological revision of your health condition for gun license every 5 years.
Will it hurt?
Don't worry, it won't.
Do I need to pay for the exam?
What is the waiting time for such examination?
1 - 5 weeks.
Do I need to prepare for the exam?
You shouldn't eat anything before blood tests (you can drink water or unsweetened tea). Also, take all your medical records from other doctors with you.
Where to go?
You should have your GP close to your home.
Do I need to call for test results?
In most cases, the tests are made before the examination, so there's no need to call. If they are made during the examination, you have to call the GP to get them.
What can I get from the examination?
A good feeling of not underestimating anything. Also, you will know everything is alright with your body. There are many asymptomatic diseases (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, skin cancer..) and if you can detect them early, you can easily and effectively treat them. You will also know what more to do for your health.
What more can I do?
If you experience any problems with your body, don't hesitate and call your doctor.