Are You Achieving Your Health Goals? | Dr. Gloria Ivey-Crowe

LoudounNovDec2015HighResNoBleeds_Page_112015 will soon be over and we will be ushering in 2016: did you meet your financial, personal or health & fitness goals? If not, there are still a couple of months left for you to continue to work on those goals. Many of you may have health dollars left in your flexible spending and health savings accounts, which means NOW is the time to review your health calendar, plan accordingly and spend wisely. There is still time left to invest in yourself and enroll in a fitness center or schedule health and wellness consults or even go to a health spa. Plan how to spend those dollars wisely, or, if you didn’t set aside any or enough money in 2015 in those accounts, make the adjustments for 2016.

The health system has changed considerably over the past two years. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has allowed more people to obtain health insurance, albeit at the expense of higher deductibles. I dare to say most people may frown when hearing about the Affordable Care Act, but there have been some small perks for most insured patients; no copay for annual visits, free contraception, and most importantly, an affordable plan and increased access to health care. This change has impacted all medical practices that do not provide concierge services or have a large percentage of insured patients, leading into a large revenue loss for many practices. In some instances, this loss of revenue may cause scheduling adjustments, closure of practices, personnel changes, as well as outsourcing of tasks. More work needs to be done at a higher level with the insurance companies, but that is a discussion for another day.

Review the following list of routine services that are performed based on your age and then call your health care provider to schedule an appointment. Remember that your personal medical history and family history are helpful when deciding on appropriate tests and immunizations are recommended based on age and possible risk of exposure.

Women In Their 20s:
• Yearly medical examination (height, weight, blood pressure and breast health).
• Laboratory work: Complete Blood Count (CBC), Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HIV, Thyroid, Electrolytes, Liver Panel, Urine.
• Pap included along with required gonorrhea/Chlamydia testing until age 26
• Possible Gardasil vaccination.
• Dental Evaluation.
• Monthly Breast Examinations.

Women In Their 30s:
• Yearly medical examination (height, weight, blood pressure, breast and skin health).
• Laboratory work: Complete Blood Count (CBC), Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HIV, Thyroid, Electrolytes, Liver Panel, Urine.
• Dental Evaluation.
• Tetanus Booster every 10 years.
• Monthly Breast Examinations.

Women In Their 40s:
• Yearly medical examination (height, weight, blood pressure, breast and skin health).
• Mammogram.
• EKG.
• Laboratory work: Complete Blood Count (CBC), Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HIV, Thyroid, Electrolytes, Liver Panel, Glucose, Urine.
• Dental Evaluation.
• Glaucoma testing.
• Tetanus Booster every 10 years.
• Monthly Breast Examinations.

Women In Their 50s:
• Yearly medical examination (height, weight, blood pressure, breast and skin health).
• Mammogram.
• EKG.
• DEXA Bone Scan every 3 to 5 years. Sigmoidoscopy/Colonoscopy yearly. Fecal Occult Blood Testing.
• Laboratory work: Complete Blood Count (CBC), Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HIV, Thyroid, Electrolytes, Liver Panel, Glucose, Urine.
• Dental Evaluation Glaucoma Testing
• Tetanus Booster every 10 years.
• Monthly Breast Examinations.

Women In Their 60s:
• Yearly medical examination (height, weight, blood pressure, breast and skin health).
• Mammogram.
• EKG.
• Yearly Fecal Occult Blood Testing.
• Pneumococcal Vaccine. Glaucoma Testing.
• Laboratory Work – Complete Blood Count, Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HIV, Thyroid, Electrolytes, Liver Panel, Panel, Glucose, Urine.
• Dental Evaluation.
• Monthly Breast Examinations.

Dr. Gloria Ivey-Crowe
Women Physicians of Northern Virginia
Visit one of our convenient offices:
44110 Ashburn Village Blvd
Suite 237 | Ashburn | VA
1830 Town Center Drive
Reston | VA
703 834 1071
www.womenphysicians.org

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