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Annual Physical Exam :

The physical exam is an essential part of any doctor’s visit.

What is addressed in Annual exams ?

This is your chance to mention any complaints or concerns about your health. Your doctor will also likely quiz you about lifestyle behaviors like smoking, excessive alcohol use, sexual health, diet, and exercise. The doctor will also check on your vaccination status and update your personal and family medical history.

Are screening tests performed during annual physical ?

You will be screened for:

  • Blood pressure Less than 120 over 80 is a normal blood pressure. Doctors define high blood pressure (hypertension) as 140 over 90 or higher.
  • Heart rate Values between 60 and 100 are considered normal. Many healthy people have heart rates slower than 60, however.
  • Respiration rate : From 12 to 16 breaths per minute is normal for a healthy adult. Breathing more than 20 times per minute can suggest heartor lung
  • Temperature :6 degrees Fahrenheit is the average, but healthy people can have resting temperatures slightly higher or lower.

A complete General Examination. Screens for your memory and mental quickness.

Heart Exam might detect an irregular heartbeat, a heart murmur, or other clues to heart disease.

Lung Exam provides clues to the presence of heart or lung disease.

Head and Neck Exam provides information about your overall health. Ears, nose, sinuses, eyes, lymph nodes, thyroid, and carotid arteries may also be examined.

Will the doctor perform Laboratory Tests ?

There are no standard laboratory tests during an annual physical. However, sometimes doctor will order certain tests routinely:

  • Complete blood count
  • Chemistry panel
  • Urinalysis (UA)

A screening lipid panel (cholesterol test) is recommended every 4 to 6 years, according to the American Heart Association. Your doctor might check more frequently if you have risk factors for heart disease.

If you are overweight or have any risk factors for diabetes, your blood sugar will likely be checked. The American Diabetes Association recommends that all adults, beginning at age 45, should be tested for diabetes regardless of weight.

What preventive tests will be recommended ?

The annual physical exam is a great opportunity to refocus your attention on prevention and screening:

  • At age 50, it’s time to begin regular screening for colorectal cancer. People with immediate family members with colorectal cancer or other risk factors may need to be screened before age 50.
  • For some women, age 40 marks the time to begin annual mammogram screening for breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that:
  • Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start mammograms if they wish.
  • Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year while
  • women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.