Physicals & Preventative Medicine

Regular checkups, also known as annual wellness or health maintenance exams, provide an opportunity to share important information with your primary care physician and healthcare team. These checkups can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and positive outcomes are better.

With the appropriate health services, screenings and treatments, you are improving your chances for living a longer, healthier life. Your age and lifestyle choices, and overall health and family health history impact what and how often you need healthcare.

 

What to Expect

Your primary care physician will ask a variety of conversational questions about your current overall health, review your medical history and your family’s medical history. Physical screenings for various conditions, as well as more general tests including body mass index (BMI), hearing and vision may be performed during your checkup. These results, when combined with any current symptoms or even family history, may cause your physician to recommend additional testing.

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General Recommendations

Recommended screenings follow a flexible schedule which can change based on your current health and your family history. It’s important to know that your physician may recommend additional or more frequent screenings. Below are some recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of non-Federal experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine.

General Screening How Often?
Blood pressure At least every two years for adults 18 and older
Cholesterol Regular screenings at age 35 for men and 45 for women, or younger depending on risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, family history of heart disease, or a current smoker.
Skin Exam Self-exams annually. Talk to your physician about additional screening if you’re fair skinned or spend a lot of time outdoors.
Diabetes Regular test if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
Colorectal cancer Starting at age 50; talk to your physician for the right test.
For Women How Often?
Mammogram Every one to two years for women 40 and older.
Pap test Every one to three years if sexually active and between the ages of 21 to 65.
Osteoporosis Screen routinely at age 65 or 60 if risk factors such as family history or small frame are present.
For Men How Often?
Abdominal aortic aneurysm Once between the ages of 65 to 75 if you have ever smoked.