Preparing for a Visit to Your Healthcare Provider

Being prepared for visits with healthcare providers is crucial. Most times appointments will only be 15 minutes long, and being prepared can make help ensure that your provider gets a more complete picture of your health.

Being able to articulate what is bothering you including when it started, how long it lasts, what makes it better or worse, if it runs in your family, and what you are afraid it might be is a great place to start.

Also, if nothing is bothering you or you are short on time, you can order your annual blood work online and get tested at your convenience. This will help your healthcare provider to assess any underlying conditions that may not produce symptoms such as high cholesterol and diabetes.