By Briana Schreckengost
While many people tend to put it off, it is recommended to schedule a yearly appointment with a physician to get a check up on your health. Illnesses that make us feel poorly, like the common cold, influenza, or an earache often send us to the doctor, but it is just as important to be evaluated when we are feeling healthy too.
Having a yearly assessment completed helps detect early signs and symptoms of common chronic problems, such as cardiovascular disease. For instance, hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects approximately one third of American adults and is the primary reason for over 40 million doctor visits each year.1 Based on new updates to blood pressure guidelines by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), many adults may be facing a new diagnosis of hypertension. [Read more…]