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:
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:
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: