When the pandemic hit and we all had to Stay Home, many people got notified by their health clinic or dental office that an upcoming appointment was canceled. Now as restrictions are lifting it may be time to re-schedule those appointments with doctors, dentists, and other health care providers.
The Washington Post put together a list of five kinds of health appointments you should consider keeping, in spite of the pandemic.
First on the list is cancer screenings. You may be over-due for a mammogram or a pap smear or colonoscopy. Second, on the list are Dental visits. Untreated tooth decay can lead to more serious problems, which can be painful and expensive to address. The third area is Physical Therapy. Hands on physical therapy can be a key to healing properly.
Fourth on the list from the Washington Post is: Blood Tests. Blood work can tell doctors whether the medications you are taking are working properly or need adjustment. This is can also be critical for preventing and managing diabetes, risk for stroke and hypertension.
Last but not least is Emergency Room Visits. Health officials reported that since the pandemic hit visits to the E.R. were down by 42-percent nationally. They say this is alarming, because it means people with potentially life-threatening health issues are not getting the help they need when help could do the most good.
Heart attack symptoms include: Chest pain, pain in one or both arms, shortness of breath. Stroke symptoms include: face drooping, arm weakness, and slurred speech.
Doctors say if you or your loved ones are having these symptoms, you should seek emergency help right away it could be a life-saver.