Why Get an Annual Exam?
An annual physical examination enables Dr. Mellow to determine if any changes have occurred in the general status of her patients’ health. It also gives her patients the opportunity to discuss any symptoms or health concerns they might have with her. We recommend our patients have a routine exam at least once a year, if they are over the age of 50 in particular. Such exams are useful to:
- Identify what may become medical concerns in the future.
- Update any required immunizations.
- Ensure no diseases or conditions that are unrealized by the patient can be treated early.
- Check blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels.
- Promote a healthy exercise and diet routine.
- Prepare for an upcoming medical treatment or surgery.
What Preparations Should Be Made Before the Exam?
For the sake of time and to ensure patients gain maximum benefit from their time with the doctor, some things they should bring with them are:
- A list of all current medications taken. These include any herbal supplements, over-the-counter drugs and other home remedies used on a regular basis.
- A list of any pains or symptoms they are experiencing.
- The results of any relevant or recent tests.
- A complete medical and surgical history.
- The contact information for any other doctors they may have seen recently.
- A record of any implanted devices (defibrillator, pacemaker, etc.) used, including a copy of the front and back of such device’s card.
- A full list of questions to ask the doctor.
Because a complete annual exam may take up to an hour, it is best to wear comfortable clothing and avoid excess makeup, jewelry or anything else that would prevent a thorough examination.
What Is the Most Important Thing to Remember During an Exam?
Patients should always remember to communicate with their doctor if they have any concerns or unanswered questions.