Annual physicals are an important component of your overall health and wellness but are often overlooked by both men and women in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Gilbert Weiner, DO, of HealthStone Primary Care Partners, urges you to schedule annual physicals to get the screenings, advice, and care you need to thrive. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy life or you’re always welcome to call or stop by the office to set up a visit.
Annual physicals are the foundation of your health care and should be prioritized no matter your age or level of health. These visits offer an opportunity to get top quality preventive care, which can help prevent disease and keep you functioning at peak levels well into old age.
Far too many men and women only come in to see the doctor once their symptoms become unbearable. This approach robs you of the power of preventive health and can have serious negative consequences.
Many medical problems don’t show clear symptoms in the early stages when treatment is often most effective. Without routine health screenings you may not know something is wrong until considerable damage has already been done.
Annual Physicals are performed for no additional charge to the patient. They are the only service that is 100% included in all insurance plans.
At the beginning of your annual physical your practitioner gathers basic health data. This includes measuring your height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, and checking your heart and lung function.
A skin check and quick abdominal exam is also common. Basic neurological checks look for problems with your reflexes and motor functions.
Lab testing is also a common part of annual physical exams. This usually involves a blood draw to send a sample to the lab for analysis. Urine testing is also an option. The results of these tests give your practitioner insight into how your body is functioning, including your cholesterol levels, inflammation markers, and hormone levels.
Keep in mind that an Annual Physical is free of charge and the only service that is fully covered by your insurance provider.
All of this data is added to your permanent medical record. Over time, this record shows changes that can indicate when medical intervention is necessary.
Be prepared to answer questions about your personal and family health history. You should also bring a list of any medications or supplements you’re taking. It’s easy to forget something while you’re in the middle of an exam, so having a list of your medications and any questions makes sure you get the most out of your visit.
Finally, take the advice provided during your visit. Very often, making meaningful changes to your lifestyle can reduce your risk of chronic disease and boost your overall health and wellness.
Call the office today to schedule your annual exam, or take a few moments to request a visit today.
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