Doctors worry about high number of people missing health checks
NEWBURGH, Ind. (WFIE) – From simply checking your blood pressure and cholesterol to receiving a colonoscopy, Deaconess says people have to go see the doctor.
However, doctors at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh are increasingly concerned about the lack of people showing up for screenings or routine health visits.
The Deaconess Clinic’s chief medical officer, Dr. Brad Scheu, says if COVID is your concern, there’s no need to be afraid.
“We can take care of you safely. COVID is still in the community, but it’s much weaker, and we know how to handle that,” says Dr. Scheu.
For some, it may be COVID keeping them away from an office, or a myriad of other reasons.
Dr Scheu says what people need to understand is how vital it is that they know their health status. They began to see an increase in the number of patients being diagnosed with advanced stage cancer, which could have been detected during an examination or screening.
Heart health is perhaps an even bigger issue, according to Dr. Scheu.
“Cancers are an easy thing to think about to progress if you don’t get screened sooner,” says Dr. Scheu, “but heart health — heart disease is one of the biggest killers in America.”
They even heard of people having minor heart attacks at home, not coming, and dying a few days later.
“You might have high cholesterol that’s building up in your arteries and creating heart disease, and so getting that workup, doing those labs, can help identify some of that,” says Dr. Scheu.
Now everyone at home who hasn’t been to the doctor isn’t at such a great risk, but Dr. Scheu says it’s important to at least check with that doctor if you haven’t seen him. since a while.
It could pay off in the long run.
“If you haven’t been screened, just go get screened,” says Dr. Scheu, “so we can find out what your risks are.
Dr Scheu says people are more than welcome to reach out to the deaconess, but as long as they get tested and checked out somewhere, that’s all she really cares about.
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