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Health Screenings you should get done in 2016


Blood Pressure Screening: If the top number (systolic number) is between 120-139, or the bottom number (diastolic number) is between 80-89 mm HG, you should have it checked every year.

  • Watch for blood screenings in your area. Ask your provider if you can stop in to have your blood pressure checked. Or check your blood pressure using the automated machines located at grocery stores and pharmacies.
  • If the top number is greater than 140 or the bottom number is greater than 90, schedule an appointment with your provider.
  • If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, you may need to have your blood pressure checked more often.
  • To schedule an appointment with your provider, go to , and search a doctor by location, specialty or the doctor’s name.

Cholesterol Screening:  If you are between the ages of 20-45, you should be screened if you have higher risk for heart disease.

  • If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems or certain other       conditions you may need to be monitored more closely.

Diabetes Screening: If your blood pressure is above 135/80 mm Hg, your provider will test your blood sugar levels for diabetes.

  • If you have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25 and have other risk factors for diabetes, you should get screened. Having a BMI over 25 means that you are overweight.

Dental Exam: Go to the dentist every year for an exam and cleaning.

To schedule an appointment with a dentist, go to , and search for a dentist by location, specialty or the doctor’s name.

Eye Exam: If you have eye problems, have an eye exam every 2 years.

Immunizations: You should get a flu shot every year.

After age 19, you should have one tetanus-diphtheria and acellular pertussis (TdAP) vaccine as one of your tetanus-diphtheria vaccines. You should a tetanus-diphtheria booster every 10 years.
Your provider may recommend other immunizations if you are at high risk for certain conditions, such as pneumonia.
Ask you provider about the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is you are between age 18- 26 and you have:
Not received the HPV vaccine in the past ( you will need 3 shots)
Not completed the full vaccine series (you should catch up on this shot)

Physical Exam: You should have 2 physical exams in your 20s and 30s. Your height, weight and BMI should be checked at every exam.

During your exam, the provider may ask you about:

Diet and exercise
Alcohol and Tobacco use
Safety issues, such as using seat belts and smoke detectors.

Breast Self -Exam and Mammogram:  The American Cancer Society (ACS) states that a monthly breast self-exam is optional.  The U.S Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against teaching women how to perform self- exams.

Screening mammogram is not recommended for women under age 40.
If you have a mother or sister you had breast cancer at a younger age, or you have other risk factor for breast cancer, your provider may recommend a mammogram, breast ultrasound or MRI scan.
To schedule an appointment or research a primary care doctor, gynecologist or OB/GYN, go to and find any doctor, in any location and/ or specialty.

Pelvic Exam and Pap Smear: Beginning at age 21, women should have a pelvic exam and pap smear every three years to check for cervical cancer.

If you have had your uterus and cervix removes (total hysterectomy), you no longer need to have pap smears.
Women who are sexually active should be screen for chlamydia infection up until age 25. Women 26 years and older should be screened if at high risk. This can de done during a pelvic exam.
Your provider will tell you how to prevent and/or treat sexually transmitted infections or diseases (STIs) (STDs)

Skin Self -Exam:  The ACS recommends a skin exam as part of a periodic exam by your provider, if it is indicated.
Other Exams: You should be screened for colon cancer only if you have a strong family history of colon cancer or polyps, or if you have an inflammatory bowel disease or polyps yourself.


Blood Pressure Screening:  Have your blood pressure checked every 2 years unless the top number (systolic number) is between 120-139 or the bottom number (diastolic number) is between 80-89 mm hg or higher. Then have it checked every year.

Watch for blood pressure screenings in your neighborhood or workplace. Ask your provider if you can stop in to have your blood pressure checked. Or check your blood pressure using the automated machines located at grocery stores or pharmacies.
If the top number is greater than 140, or the bottom number greater than 90, schedule an appointment with your provider.
If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, you may need to have your blood pressure checked more often.
To schedule an appointment to have your blood pressure checked with your provider, head over to and search for any doctors by name, specialty or location.

Cholesterol Disease and Heart Disease Prevention: Men over age 35 should be checked every 5 years.  

If you have risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes, start getting screened earlier at age 20.
If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or other conditions you may have to get checked more often.

Diabetes Screening:  If you have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25 and have other risk factors for diabetes, you should be screened. Having a BMI over 25 means that you are overweight.
Dental Exam: Go to the dentist every year for and exam and cleaning.
Eye Exam: If you have vision problems, get an eye exam every 2 years.
Immunizations: After age 19, you should have a tetanus-diphtheria and acellular pertussis (TdAP) once as part of your tetanus-diphtheria vaccines. You should have a tetanus-diphtheria booster every ten years.

You should get a flu shot every year.
You should get a human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine series if you have not already had it.
You should receive two doses of varicella vaccine if you were born after 1980, and never had chickenpox or the varicella vaccine. You doctor may recommend other immunizations if you have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes.

Infectious Disease Screening: Depending on your lifestyle and medical history, you may need to be screened for infections such as syphilis, chlamydia, and HIV, as well as the infections.
Physical Exam: You should see your provider for preventative health exams every 2 years.

Your height, weight and BMI should be checked at every physical exam.

During your exam your provider may ask you about:

Diet and Exercise
Alcohol and Tobacco use
Safety, such as use of seat belts and smoke detectors.
Make sure you make an appointment to see your doctor through You can search for doctors and filter by specialty, name and insurance plan. Before booking your appointment, make sure you get an EZDoctor Report. EZDoctor Reports contain important information about doctors such as; malpractice claims, criminal offenses, and board actions. Go to now to get started.

Plastic Surgery. Top 5 most popular invasive and minimal-invasive procedures.

Plastic surgery deals with the repairs, reconstruction, or replacement of physical defects of form or functioning involving the skin, musculoskeletal system, cranio and maxillofacial structures, hand, extremities, breast and truck, and external genitalia. It uses aesthetic surgical principals not only to improve undesirable qualities of normal structures but in all reconstructive procedures as well.

Cosmetic surgery, or plastic surgery, might seem like the easiest way to shave years off your appearance or improve your physique. If you not satisfied with your appearance, cosmetic surgery might help you look and feel better.

Top 5 most popular in 2014:

  1. Breast Augmentation-285,254 procedures
  2. Rhinoplasty (nose jobs)- 217,124 procedures
  3. Liposuction-210,552 procedures
  4. Eyelid Surgery-206,509 procedures
  5. Facelift- 128,266 procedures 

Top 5 minimally- invasive procedures in 2014:

  1. Botox Injection-6.7 million procedures
  2. Soft Tissue Fillers-2.3 million procedures
  3. Chemical Peels- 1.2 million procedures
  4. Laser Hair Removal-1.1 million procedures
  5. Microdermabrasion- 881,905 million procedures 

EZDoctor and April Partner to Offer Virtual Doctor Visits to International Travelers

EZDoctor, the leader in healthcare transparency and April, a global travel insurance provider have recently partnered to offer telemedicine services to patients traveling abroad that are in need of medical assistance.

The alliance between EZDoctor and April, allows patients to remotely consult with a U.S. board certified physician while traveling abroad.

With EZDoctor's support, April will be connecting their travelers from around the world with doctors anytime, anywhere needing only a webcam enabled device and a reliable internet connection.

These virtual physician consultations are not intended to treat emergency medical conditions/situations. Patients will receive primary care services, treatment for common ailments like the flu, allergies, rashes etc. and educational and informative medical advice from a trained and thoroughly screened professional.

EZDoctor and April are working together to improve the doctor-patient experience by providing on demand consultations and with doctors readily available to treat patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To serve the needs of April's global travelers patients are connected with U.S. physicians within 15 minutes and can currently request doctors that are fluent in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese.

According to the American Telemedicine Association, approximately 10 million patients benefited from using telemedicine last year. The telemedicine industry is developing quickly and becoming more prominent in societies around the world. EZDoctor and April are two leaders expanding quality telemedicine services worldwide.

"We're very excited about this partnership, we believe patients should have access to a board certified physician anywhere and anytime. As telemedicine continues to be a rapidly growing component of healthcare in the United States, we want to provide patients an accessible way to treat their healthcare needs when they are away from home," said David Marsidi, EZDoctor's founder and CEO.

"April & EZDoctor are both convenient, progressive thought leaders in the way we prioritize the patient's needs and that is what we want to deliver through this new service by offering a fast, easy, reliable and secure doctor consultations," continued Marsidi. "Together we will deliver the world-class healthcare service that patients deserve."        

EZDoctor and April patients will:

  • Have access to telemedicine services 24/7.
  • Resolve unexpected medical problems when traveling.
  • Receive virtual physicians consultations from any location worldwide.
  • Connect with a physician within 15 minutes of their request.
  • Have better outcomes because of timelier access to a physician.
  • Reduce unnecessary admissions, save time and money.
  • Receive primary care services on the go.

About EZDoctor
EZDoctor, healthcare technology business located in Florida, provides healthcare services nationwide. As an advocate for healthcare information transparency, EZDoctor developed a Carfax type of report but for doctors called EZDoctor Reports, to help patients make better decisions when it comes to choosing a doctor. With their rapid growth in the healthcare technology industry and over 1.5M+ doctor profiles, EZDoctor has radically transformed the industry by connecting healthcare consumers with the best doctors and equipping them with accurate information to make an informed healthcare decision.

About April
April has been a leading brand providing quality Travel and other Specialty Insurance programs providing services in Europe, Latin America and the U.S.
April offers comprehensive travel insurance & assistance plans covering multiple trips for frequent travelers. 

Quick Tips for Choosing a Doctor

When you choose a primary care doctor for yourself or a loved one, make sure to choose a doctor you can trust. A primary care doctor can help you make important decisions, like which screening tests and shots to get, treat many health problems, refer you to a specialist when you need more help with a specific health issue.

Here are some things you should know before selecting a physician

  • Listens to your opinions and concerns
  • Encourages you to ask questions
  • Explains things in ways you can understand

When you and your doctor work together as a team, you’ll get better health care. Try the following tips to find a doctor who’s right for you.

Research your doctor.

If you have health insurance, you may need to choose a doctor in their network. Some insurance plans may let you choose a doctor outside the network if you pay more of the cost.

What you should know about your doctor:

  • Contact information, Locations and Gender. 
  • License Information. It is important to know if your doctor is licensed to provide the care that you need.
  • Education. To learn more about your physician’s background EZDoctor Reports contain information regarding where they studied, graduation date, board certifications, as well as their internship, residency and fellowship. This will help you make an educated decision regarding your doctor’s training and ability.
  • Hospital Affiliations/Privileges.  Its common practice for a doctor to have their office in one location and perform treatment in a separate location. For example, you could go to a doctor’s office for a consultation regarding your knee and that doctor might provide treatment and/or surgery at a hospital that he is affiliated with or has privileges. By having this information before hand, it can help you in deciding whether this doctor would be the most convenient for you.
  • Procedure Pricing Information. When taking care of any health concern, one of the main things we consider is the cost associated with any procedures that might be necessary. An EZDoctor report will display an average charge for procedures performed by the physician you are reviewing.
  • Patient Referral Summary.  Primary care physicians, when needed, refer patients to a specialist. Especially when they face a diagnosis that is beyond their Scope of Practice. With an EZDoctor report you will see the  physicians referral pattern.
  • Pricing/Prescribing Habits. Is your  doctor more likely to prescribe a name brand versus a generic drug? Despite your preference, by seeing a breakdown of the most common prescriptions a physician orders you can get a clear view of his prescribing tendencies and average price per prescription.
  • Disciplinary Actions. Finding out if a physician has been sanctioned or not by a state medical board can be very useful when it comes to selecting a doctor to visit. Equally important is to know  what those infractions were related to.
  • Criminal Offenses. While federal criminal records are not available to the public, EZDoctor reports include state government records that indicate whether a physician has ever been charged or convicted of a crime. Allowing you to have this information prior to any consultation and/or treatment.
  • Malpractice Claims. You have the right to know if your physician has been involved in any incidents regarding his medical care. From surgical and medication errors to misdiagnoses, EZDoctor will provide the information you need.
  • Patient Reviews. It’s always good to know what other patients are saying about a physician. EZDoctor reports collect patient reviews from multiple sources.

Other important questions to ask about the doctor:

  • Is the doctor taking new patients?
  • Is the doctor part of a group practice? Who are the other doctors?
  • Who will see you if your doctor isn’t available?
  • Which hospital does the doctor use?
  • If you have a medical condition, does the doctor have experience treating it?
  • What languages does the doctor speak? 

You can find all the information you need on a physician by obtaining an EZDoctor Report. Go to now to get started! 


Teens are getting back-to-school cosmetic surgery

Its back-to-school season again, and while some teens are buying clothes, notebooks or shoes, others are shopping for a new nose or a new set of breasts.

Between social media and reality shows, nobody thinks twice about getting plastic surgery anymore, and it is affecting the way youngsters feel about themselves. Social media has a huge influence on the younger crowd because they see what other people look like and think,“Why don’t I look like that? I want to get that look, how can I get it?’’

Most teens seek cosmetic surgery to increase their self-esteem or improve their appearance. While these are similar reasons to those of adults, teens often want to fit in with others, to be accepted.

Celebrities and “role-models” also have a large influence in teens. We’ve seen young celebrities like Kylie Jenner, getting lip fillers and probably more at the age of 17, and recently Modern Family star, Ariel Winters, also went under the knife to get a breast reduction.

In 2013, nearly 64,000 teens got cosmetic surgery and summer seems to be the perfect time of the year to get it done; school is over and they have plenty of time to hide and recover. Since at that age teens go through so many changes, people may not even notice.

Before agreeing to having your teen undergo their first cosmetic surgery make sure you understand the real reasons why they feel like they “need” it. Make sure she/he wants it for the right reasons.

The body and mind of an adolescent is frequently changing. And depending on what they want to have done, plastic surgery can be a permanent decision. Sometimes they are not mature enough to really understand the process.

If parents decide that plastic surgery is the right decision, they should make sure they see a board-certified surgeon.

Do your research.Make sure this surgeon has all the experience and qualifications needed.

Choosing the Right Surgeon for Your Teen. 

If parents decide with their teens that plastic surgery is the right decision, the most important thing is to make sure they find a board-certified, experienced plastic surgeon.

Your choice of a cosmetic surgeon will live with your child for years, if not its entire life.

Here are some things to consider when looking for a cosmetic surgeon:

  • Board-Certifications
  • Experience
  • Medical
  • Hospital Privileges
  • Medical Malpractice, Disciplinary Actions, Criminal Offenses
  • Previous work on other patients / Patient Reviews.

 To find all this information on a plastic surgeon or any other physician or specialist go to to get an EZDoctor Report.

EZDoctor Reports are comprehensive doctor background checks. They include detailed information and history regarding each Doctor’s Medical School, Education, Board Certifications, Malpractice History, Disciplinary Actions, Board Sanctions, Patient Reviews, Hospital Affiliations. and more! 

Image Source: Flickr. User: madelineyoki 

Valley women travel across the border for cheap plastic surgery

The moments before Aide Guillen went under the knife in Mexico were a nightmare.

"They laid me down and they start tying my hands I was like what happened, why are they doing this to me.

He put local anesthesia and he started cutting right here and I felt it and I started screaming," she recalled.

The Coachella woman traveled to Mexicali in 2011 to get her breast implants removed. She says the procedure would have cost her $3,000 in the U.S., but in Mexico, she only paid $500.  

She says it wasn't worth it.

"I felt when he put his finger in my boobie.  I felt everything.  I felt my body separate from the table and he said it's okay, it's going to be fine." Guillen is among a growing number of patients flocking to foreign countries for cheap cosmetic surgeries.  

Doctors call it "medical tourism." Some go as far away as Thailand for a nip tuck.  Many from the valley just head for the border.

"Sometimes the difference in price can be as high as 50% off.  So if you're looking at a considerable sum of money doing it for half sounds appealing," said Dr.Suzanne Quardt, a renowned board-certified plastic surgeon who owns Dr. Q Medical Spa in Rancho Mirage.

After Guillen's painful procedure in Mexico plus another botched surgery she had here in the  U.S., she's getting a revisional breast lift and tummy tuck by Dr. Q.

Dr. Q says at least a dozen people come into her office each year to fix botched surgeries done in another country.

"They market it as a luxury yet inexpensive way to take care of it and the reality is people could feel like cattle in a herd or an assembly line.  Get in and get out," Dr. Q said.

That's exactly how Guillen said she felt when the doctor finished her procedure there.

"I feel like they need the bed for the next patient. It's terrible. They didn't give me 10 or 15 minutes to rest.  They cleaned it and they said okay, you're set to go home.  I was so dizzy and worried," Guillen said.

She feels lucky she didn't develop a serious infection from the surgical equipment. "You don't know if it's sterilized. you don't know what kind of implants they're using.  Unfortunately there are a lot of problems that arrive from that," Dr. Q said.

This past April, Mexican authorities shut down 10 cosmetic surgery offices in Tijuana for failing to comply with health regulations. The action came after a young Australian woman died while undergoing liposuction in Mexicali.

Inspectors found that office and the others that closed were using expired and unregistered products.

"It's horrifying. Certainly not the standard of care here in the U.S.," said Dr. Q. If you're shopping for a surgeon, here or in another country, Dr. Q says do your homework.    

In the U.S., the American Society of Plastic Surgeons certifies doctors in their fields of expertise. You can look up surgeons on

"My husband says women will spend more time picking out shoes than a surgeon and there can be truth to that," said Dr. Q. "If you're finding out at the time of the procedure who is giving the anesthesia, what kind it is, how it's delivered, that's a bad time because you have no chance to change your mind."

Dr. Q says there are board-certified surgeons in other countries, but you'll have to do your research to find them.

The Joint Commission International, which accredits foreign medical centers, is one place to start. But Dr. Q warns: those surgeons are usually closer in price to American doctors.

"The key is to find someone qualified and board certified in whatever area you're seeking. Save up so you can do it safely in the comforts of your own country, or you just shouldn't do it at all," said Dr. Q.

For Guillen, it was a pricey lesson to learn. What was supposed to be one surgery has turned into several and she's racked up thousands of dollars to feel like herself again. "I had a lot of depression that I can't wear a bikini, I can't show my body to my husband," Guillen said. "I don't recommend going to Mexico to do it."

Guillen's advice to anyone considering foreign plastic surgery: Think twice. If you see a price that's too good to be true it probably is.