WELLNESS CHECK UPS & EMPLOYMENT PHYSICALS
Preventative care, such as an annual health exam, is a way for your health care provider to evaluate your overall health even when you may be symptom free. Our purpose is to provide our patients with excellent care that is rooted in evidenced based practice. During the annual health exam, our goal is to help determine your overall health and detect any early underlying symptoms of physical illness or disease while also assisting in managing chronic conditions such as Diabetes, Asthma & Eating Disorders.
During your visit to Midwest Express, the medical staff will ensure you receive a routine health screening based on your age, gender, and current health conditions. This may include:
- Receiving your family medical history such as heart disease, lupus, gout, pancreatic cancer, etc.,
- Inquiring about personal health choices such as tobacco use, recreational drug use, sexual health & alcohol consumption
- Ordering laboratory or other tests such as cholesterol, glucose, complete blood count, EKG
- Recommending lifestyle changes to help prevent diseases or illnesses
- Gathering a list of current medications you are taking
- Ensuring you are up to date on all necessary immunizations
- Obtaining vital signs such as blood pressure, body temperature & heart rate
- Assessing different body systems such as lung, heart, eye, nose, throat & ears.
The best part about receiving health care at Midwest Express in Illinois and Indiana is that your needs come first. You do not need an appointment to be seen by our medical practitioners, although we do encourage you to make one using our virtual check in to minimize your overall wait time.
Health Exam Frequently Asked Questions
- Is an annual health exam covered under my insurance?
- It is always recommended to check with your health insurance provider first. Generally, most health insurance plans cover an annual health exam under preventative care. For a full list of insurance plans accepted, please click here.
- I do not have health insurance, but would like to make an appointment. What do I do?
- If you do not have health insurance, please note that we DO offer a discounted, low self-pay pricing for our patients. Simply call ahead and ask the receptionist for details. Medicaid is also accepted!
- What is a normal blood pressure rate?
- Normal blood pressure typically is less than 120/80. You can have blood pressure that is too high or too low. Abnormally high blood pressure is called hypertension. If your blood pressure is high, your doctor may put it in categories such as pre-hypertension, hypertension stage 1, and hypertension stage 2. For questions about your specific results, please contact us directly.
- What do the results of my cholesterol test mean?
- Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL) is “bad” cholesterol. High-Density lipoproteins (HDL) is “good” cholesterol. The higher your results of HDL the better you’re protected from heart disease. The triglyceride count is important to pay attention to as well as this determines a type of fat that can, overtime, build up in your body. For questions about your specific results, please contact us directly.
- What is an average resting heart rate?
- 60-100 beats per minute (BPM) is the average resting heart for healthy adults 18 years of age through 60. Athletes may have heart rates that are lower than the general population.
- Is STD/STI testing included with the annual exam?
- While STD/STI testing is not included with the annual exam, it is a great opportunity to discuss with your care physician your concerns for STDs/STIs. At that time, they can order a test for you, however, this will come at a separate lab cost most of the time.
- Is a pap smear included in my annual exam?
- A pap smear may be performed during an annual exam, on request, or when screening guidelines indicate that you need one. Services like annual pap smears and mammograms are considered preventative care and now carry no out-of-pocket costs under the Affordable Care Act. Generally, you should start getting an annual pap smear starting at the age of 21 years. The pap smear, which screens for cervical cancer, is one of the most reliable and effective cancer screening tests available. Under certain conditions, you may only need a pap smear every three years. For questions about your specific results, please contact us directly.
If you have a health question or concern you would like to share with us, please contact us using our direct phone lines found at the very bottom of our website. Or, please feel free to connect with us using our online contact form and we will get back in touch with you within 24 hours.
We are conveniently located in Blue Island, IL.; Willowbrook, IL.; Schererville, IN.; Munster, IN; & Hammond, IN. We are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; no appointment is necessary.
*Our Hammond location is currently open Mon-Fri from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm