Get the preventive care you need
Preventive care is important for your health and may help catch issues early. Ask your primary care provider (PCP) to recommend a personalized preventive care plan based on your health and medical history. Below are a few activities important for everyone to schedule.
Annual wellness visit
Your preventive care starts with your annual wellness visit with your PCP.
Your plan covers this visit once a year at no cost to you. If you haven’t had it yet this year, schedule it before the year is out, or schedule it for the top of 2024. An annual wellness visit is a great way to kick off the year, meet with your PCP and create a plan for prevention.
Blood pressure checks
Routine blood pressure checks are the only way to know if your blood pressure is in a healthy range. Your blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but if it stays high for a long time, it can damage your heart and increase your risk of heart disease.
Your doctor may check your blood pressure during your appointments. You can also use an at-home blood pressure monitor.
Ask your doctor at your next office visit to help you set a blood pressure goal. Ask how to reach and maintain it, and discuss any results of at-home checks.
See your doctor every six months or at least once a year to discuss your blood pressure.
Besides helping with preventive care and health screenings, your PCP can help you:
- Make smart lifestyle choices toimprove and maintain your health
- Better understand your medicalconditions
- Coordinate any specialist care toavoid duplicate and expensive tests
- Manage your prescriptionsand identify possible harmfulinteractions