Advice from Dr. Naveed Fazlani: Recommended Screenings for Patients Over 50

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According to Dr. Naveed Fazlani, being named Physician of the Year is the honor of a lifetime, especially when colleagues and hospital staff including nurses give the award. In 2004, Dr. Fazlani achieved that honor at Mercy Hospital Mt. Airy in Cincinnati OH. A practising physician in different hospitals including West Chester Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, Dr. Naveed Fazlani achieved the hard-earned honor after over a decade of work in the medical field.

Once patients hit fifty, regular screenings become a routine part of life. However, Dr. Naveed Fazlani says, screening and treatment intervals can be confusing to patients, who often read conflicting reports. Dr. Fazlani, who regularly works with patients suffering high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, clears up the confusion by detailing a few critical issues that require screenings after the age of fifty.

By the age of fifty, the risk of hypertension in post-menopausal women has begun to catch up with men’s risks, according to Dr. Fazlani. For patients that have high blood pressure, regular monitoring will become important after age fifty, he states, with medications available to lower it. To keep blood pressure levels low, Dr. Fazlani explains that your physician may start you on an exercise program and have you reduce your sodium intake.

The risk of heart attack and stroke also increases as you age, according to Dr. Naveed Fazlani, who recommends a daily dose of aspirin to help thin the blood and reduce risks. If you are still engaging in tobacco consumption, he may recommend tobacco cessation counseling, as you’ll begin to notice more health problems as you get older if you keep smoking.

Cancer becomes a concern for doctors of patients over fifty as well, he says. Physicians will conduct screenings for lung cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, and breast cancer. Dr. Fazlani points to American Cancer Society recommendations that women over age 40 have mammograms each year. Patients should have colorectal screenings every five years, Dr. Fazlani indicates, but after age 50 men should discuss exams for prostate cancer with their physicians.  Good news for women, Dr. Fazlani reports, is that the American Cancer Society allows cervical cancer screening to slow down to every three years from age thirty on. By age 70, women may choose to stop having pap smears altogether, he adds, assuming the past three pap smears have been normal.

An annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all adults, Dr. Naveed Fazlani points out, but as you get older that yearly vaccination may become more vital than ever. Dr. Fazlani also recommends a one-time pneumococcal vaccination at age 65, as well as a vaccine to protect against a varicella-zoster infection.

Dr. Naveed Fazlani, board certified in Internal Medicine, has been actively practicing in the Cincinnati area since 1996. Dr. Naveed Fazlani is founding partner of Midwest Medical Group in Mt. Healthy, a fourteen-physician practice that provides outpatient and hospitalist services. For more information, visit drnaveedfazlani.me


10 Responses

10.25.11

Good points Dr. Naveed Fazlani. Coming from Physician of the Year Dr. Naveed Fazlani is something we should take seriously. As we age there’s a lot of complication regarding our health. We should act immediately before our condition gets worst. Thanks Dr. Naveed Fazlani.

@Eric Thank you for your comment. “Advice from Dr. Naveed Fazlani: Recommended Screenings for Patients Over 50″ We all get older so it is important to know what is a normal part of the aging process and what is not. -Dr. Naveed Fazlani

I agree with Dr. Naveed Fazlani. We should get tested as soon as we’re on our 40 something. With the kind of lifestyle we have these days, we don’t know what’s going on our health. Thank you for this article Dr. Naveed Fazlani. Good luck also on your health Dr. Naveed Fazlani.

@Christian Water It’s better to contact your doctor as soon as possible if you feel anything unusual. “Advice from Dr. Naveed Fazlani: Recommended Screenings for Patients Over 50″ Thank you for your comment.

Hello Dr. Naveed Fazlani. Most common health problem on aging is some people suffer from muscle weakness and co-ordination difficulties as they get older. It’s the sort of thing that can happen following disease or general wear on joints. I hope you’ll be able to take this topic soon. Thanks for this article Dr. Naveed Fazlani.

@Jonathan Aging is much more than wrinkles, middle-aged spread and increasing aches and pains. “Advice from Dr. Naveed Fazlani: Recommended Screenings for Patients Over 50″ Thank you for your comment to the article. -Dr. Naveed Fazlani

Dr. Naveed Fazlani thanks for this great topic. You undeniably place it in perception for me Dr Naveed Fazlani. We should undergo for a regular screenings as soon as we get 50. Our bones are at maximum density between the ages of 25 and 35 years. Good luck Dr Naveed Fazlani.

@Alexis Thank you for your comment to the article. “Advice from Dr. Naveed Fazlani: Recommended Screenings for Patients Over 50″ -Dr. Naveed Fazlani

Hello Dr. Naveed Fazlani,
My father suffers from high blood pressure and his about 63 years old. I hope you can write an article about treatment for high blood pressure Dr. Naveed Fazlani so I could know more of what to do. Please Dr. Naveed Fazlani. Thanks!

@Daniel Gibson Sure Daniel. Here’s a link to my article about natural treatments for high blood pressure. http://drnaveedfazlani.com/dr-naveedfazlani-discusses-natural-treatments-for-high-blood-pressure/ “Advice from Dr. Naveed Fazlani: Recommended Screenings for Patients Over 50″ Hope that could help you. Dr. Naveed Fazlani

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