About this time every year, people start creating grand plans for New Year's Resolutions. It certainly is a great time to start thinking about healthcare-related goals. That check-up you've been putting off? Don't let 2020 slip by without doing it. Trying to ignore the pain in your knee? It is time to fix the problem.
From newborns to great-grandparents, it is important to be health-conscious and mindful that every decision will affect you later in life. Toddlers start learning nutrition and exercise habits, and develop their perception of doctors as scary or as important. From the teenage years into the 30s, people tend to think of themselves as healthy and avoid going to the hospital. But heart attacks don't just happen for no reason. The signs and causes start early, in the 20s and 30s, and meeting with providers often can help to catch problems and adjust course early. As people age, it becomes even more important to communicate often with providers, schedule screenings even if it is unlikely you have the disease being tested, and stay ahead of health problems as much as possible.
The guests for this episode of the Pulse include Dr. John Ibrahim, internal medicine physician in the Family Health Clinic, and Anna Freeman, APRN, nurse practitioner in the Family Health Clinic who focuses on pediatrics. Together, they discuss important health objectives for each age group and the importance of seeking primary care regularly.