Primary care visit, or annual exam, should take place once a year to ensure that the person is maintaining his or her health. During the visit, the doctor will identify any indications of a developing disease or condition. Any screenings needed for that particular individual will also take place. The doctor will also:
The physical will help to reveal any issues which will need treatment right away. If no concerns are found the visit will be over. If necessary, the doctor may collect samples for lab tests, obtain x-rays, or prescribe medications. A follow up visit may be scheduled if necessary and the doctor will let patients know when they have to come back.
Patients should bring:
Take daily medications as usual and make sure you wear a shirt which is short sleeved or loose enough sleeves to roll up. This is for the blood pressure test.
The best way to track changes in your health is to visit a doctor annually. Identifying an issues in its earliest stages increases the likelihood that it can be dealt with successfully. Visiting the doctor on a regular basis gives them the opportunity to perform health screenings at the appropriate times. Additionally, when the doctor knows you well it is much easier for him or her to notice any changes to your health.
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