What is a Physical Exam?
During your Physical exam, we would start with your health and family history to better understand your complaints.
We will also likely quiz you about lifestyle behaviors like smoking, excessive alcohol use, sexual health, diet, and exercise. Checking on your vaccination status and update your personal and family medical history.
We would also gather and record your vital exams such as, Blood pressure, Heart rate, Respiration rate and Temperature.
Following your health status and as required by your Physician there will be other test performed and blood drawn and EKG performed.
Majority of insurances cover your annual physical visit to ensure continuation for your health screening.
Annual Physical Q & A
Should I get a yearly physical exam?
Annual physicals are highly recommended for everyone, As we age the importance of annual exams increase.
For sexually active women over the age of 21, the team also suggest a yearly women’s health visit at Internal Medicine Practice to screen for cervical cancer and regular mammograms. Similarly, men should get regular prostate and testicular examinations in order to screen for cancer.
Dr. Motameni may recommend a different frequency of checkups depending on factors such as your health history and current state of wellness. For example, if you struggle with weight issues, she might suggest more frequent physicals in order to keep a check on your blood pressure, cholesterol, and signs of diabetes.
What is included in an annual physical exam?
Preventive care is a model of care that aims to identify problems early and treat them before they cause major issues. Annual physicals include things like:
- A physical exam
- Height and weight check, which is measured using body mass index (BMI)
- Vital signs check, including blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, and more Asking questions about your health history and any new developments
- Relevant blood tests
- EKG, to verify your heart health
If you have a chronic disease, Dr Motameni may request some of these tests more often to have your special condition under control.
What conditions can annual physicals help detect?
Dr Neda Motameni and her team at Internal Medicine Practice tests for many conditions at your annual physical, including:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Cervical cancer
- High cholesterol
- Breast cancer
- Heart abnormalities
Additionally, Dr. Motameni may suggest various lifestyle changes that can help you manage these conditions. Call the office for more information about which tests you might need.
What does an annual physical cost?
Preventive care visits are usually free with health insurance, and a yearly physical examination is often included in even the most basic insurance plans. If you aren’t covered by your provider, the friendly staff at Internal Medicine Practice works with you to find a good fit for your health care needs.
Call Internal Medicine Practice in Vienna Virginia or schedule a consultation online today to get started on an annual physical exam schedule that protects your long-term health.