We are becoming more aware of the importance of prevention in health to prevent and treat many diseases, both caused by family histories as proper risk factors. It is common to hear doctors remind us of the importance of regular medical checkups to prevent and identify any disease or health impairment in order to treat it on time.

Medical checks have become one of the most demanded services in so-called medical or health tourism. Tens of thousands of people travel abroad each year to undergo a medical checkup at a hospital that provides quality medical care, facilities and cutting-edge technology and a medical team of prestige, while enjoying a holiday at a touristic destination as Spain and the Costa Blanca.

Preventive Medical Checkups

The medical checkup is an examination by a specialist in internal medicine through a series of screenings, medical examinations and tests to determine the health of a person. The main purpose of preventive medical checkup is naturally the detection and prevention of diseases and the identification of major cardiovascular risk factors and early diagnosis of diseases.

In 90% of the medical checkups some kind of disease is detected. It is essential to find the problem early, when the chances of a cure are higher, to facilitate treatment. Through medical checkup diseases such as ischemic heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, obesity, diseases of the thyroid gland, prostate cancer or breast cancer, aortic aneurysms, narrowing of the carotid artery, osteoporosis and glaucoma can detected among others.

At what age it is recommended to get a medical checkup?

The needs of medical checkups depend on age, health, lifestyle, family and medical history of the patient. In general, after 40 it is advisable to get a medical checkup that should be repeated every two years. As of the age of 50, doctors recommend to have yearly checkups.

In the case of people with cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, obesity or with a history of illness in the family, like in case one of the parents had cancer, it is very important to get a checkup done to detect diseases before symptoms appear. This will make it easier to treat and prevent disease before they become a major health risk.

Types of medical checkups

The basic checkup involves making a medical history and physical examination, along with a series of complementary tests such as:

  • Chest X ray
  • Stress test
  • Spirometry
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Audiometry
  • Mammogram (woman)
  • Urology (men)
  • Transvaginal ultrasound (woman)

In a complete medical checkup as additional tests be performed:

  • Complete blood and urine analysis
  • Colour Doppler echocardiogram
  • Colonoscopy
  • Breast ultrasound scan (woman)

In addition to undergoing all these tests, a urological checkup should be performed in case of a man, and a gynecological and mammographic screening in case of women. Also a checkup by an ophthalmologist and an otolaryngologist and a cardiological and pulmonary examination should be performed.

Prices of medical checkups abroad

A standard medical checkup has an estimated price of 550 GBP for men (including a urological examination) and 620 GBP for women (including a mammography exam and a transvaginal ultrasound). In the case of a complete check, the price amounts to 925 GBP for men and 1,080 GBP for women (including breast ultrasound).

They are cheaper prices compared to countries like the UK, where medical check-ups can cost from 1,390 GBP to 1,790 GBP.

Medical checkups at IMED Hospitals in Spain

IMED Hospitals puts all its infrastructure and human potential available into a Disease Prevention and Medical Checkups Unit capable to make a complete evaluation of the state of health of the patient in just a few hours. Medical services from this unit range from vascular risk prevention to prevention of different types of cancer as the early detection of colon, lung, breast, or prostate cancer, among others.

THE CHECK-IN FOR MEDICAL CHECKUPS PROCEEDS AS FOLLOWED:

  • • The patient is admitted in one of the VIP rooms of our hospitals (subject to availability) and is accompanied at all times by a member of the public relations department, who guides you through the Hospital and keeps you informed.
  • First you visit the specialist in internal medicine, whose function is to direct and coordinate the check. Risk factors, habits, personal and family history are evaluated, etc. With this information, a customized diagnostic route is traced.
  • The patient follows this route early, visiting specialists and performing all necessary tests. IMED Hospitals ensures coordination between visiting different specialists and radiology testing, so that the route can be done in just a few hours.
  • Finally, the internist collects information from all specialists and writes a full report, from which the patient can know with great accuracy his or her current health status and be informed about the detection and prevention of potential health problems.
  • The department for international patients will be available to assist the patient in his or her own language, ensuring the greatest possible comfort for both the patient and their families. Upon completion of the medical examination the patient will receive a full medical report in his or her own language.

The importance of medical checkups is prevention and health investment, which will allow you to enjoy a better quality of life. If you are over 40 years old or are a patient at risk (working in harmful health conditions, living in places with cold and wet weather, family history, patients who have experienced oncological diseases or have had surgical procedures) it is advisable to have frequent medical checkups.