What is an annual checkup?
An annual checkup is sometimes referred to as a wellness checkup, annual exam, or preventive care. Getting an annual checkup with screening tests increases the likelihood of detecting health problems while they can still be treated or cured. Having the appropriate health screenings and treatments at every stage of your life improves your chances of living a healthier and longer life.
What happens at an annual checkup?
The doctors at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta provide comprehensive annual checkups and health screenings. You should expect your doctor to ask about updates in your health history, medications, allergies, or supplements in addition to completing the physical exam, which involves:
An annual checkup involves obtaining a blood pressure reading, heart rate, and respiratory rate.
Physical and Visual Examination
Your doctor will check your eyes, ears, nose, and throat. He or she will listen to your heart and lungs. The doctor will check your abdomen by pressing gently to test for abnormalities, and will test your reflexes too. A visual inspection of your head, eyes, musculoskeletal system, and nervous system functions may take place during an annual checkup.
Blood Work and Laboratory Tests
Blood is drawn and sent out for testing. A complete blood count and metabolic panel are taken to look for issues with your kidneys, liver, immune system, and blood chemistry. Any irregularities with the blood work can indicate a larger health problem. Diabetes screening, thyroid screening, and a cholesterol test may also be part of the laboratory testing.
Annual checkups also involve screening tests based on your age or gender. Adults may need a colon cancer test, lung cancer screening, diabetes testing, or STD testing. Women may need a breast exam, mammogram, Pap smear, pelvic exam, or osteoporosis screening. Men may need a prostate cancer screening or testicular exam.
How do you prepare for an annual checkup?
There isn’t a lot of preparation required for your annual checkup, although your doctor may request you fast for certain blood tests. Bring a list of any medications you take for the doctor to review. If you have any symptoms or health concerns, it’s a good idea to write them down to discuss with your doctor.
The family care doctors at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta are accepting new patients. With walk-in hours six days a week and the ability to schedule an appointment using the online booking tool or calling the office, it’s easy to keep up with your annual checkup.