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Clinical Services

Annual Physicals

In today's busy world, it's easy to put off preventive health care. It's time to make your health a priority - get the essential assessments you need with a visit to Doctors Hospital’s Centers of Excellence.  Don't become another statistic of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and a whole host of other medical problems!

Our Annual Physical Exam Program is a comprehensive personalized medical evaluation, designed specifically for you. Talk to your insurance company, most insurance companies include a free annual health exam as a part of your insurance plan.

Our Annual Physical Program provides:

  • A thorough physical examination
  • A series of tests and screening procedures customized for each patient based on age, gender, health history, and lifestyle
  • A confidential report based on the outcomes of the exam and tests

The Basics

The physical exam is an essential part of any doctor's visit:
 
History - this is your chance to mention any complaints or concerns about your health. he physician will also likely quiz you about important behaviors, like smoking, excessive alcohol use, sexual health, diet, and exercise; the doctor will also check on your vaccination status and update your personal and family medical history.
Vital Signs - these are some vital signs to be checked by the doctor:
Blood pressure - less than 120 over 80 is a normal blood pressure. Doctors define high blood pressure (hypertension) as 140 over 90 or higher.
Heart rate - values between 60 and 100 are considered normal. Many healthy people have heart rates slower than 60, however.
Respiration rate - around 16 is normal. Breathing more than 20 times per minute can suggest heart or lung problems.
Temperature - 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the average, but healthy people can have resting temperatures slightly higher or lower.
General Appearance - the physician will gather a large amount of information about you and your health just by watching and talking to you. How is your memory and mental quickness? Does your skin appear healthy? Can you easily stand and walk?
Heart Exam - listening to your heart with a stethoscope, the doctor might detect an irregular heartbeat, a heart murmur, or other indicators of heart disease.  An EKG may be performed or additional tests ordered.
Lung Exam - sing a stethoscope, the doctor will listen for crackles, wheezes, or decreased breath sounds. These and other sounds are clues to the presence of heart or lung disease.
Head and Neck Exam - opening up and saying "ahhh" shows off your throat and tonsils. The quality of your teeth and gums also provides information about your overall health. Ears, nose, sinuses, eyes, lymph nodes, thyroid, and carotid arteries are also examined.
Abdominal Exam - the doctor can use a range of examination techniques including tapping your abdomen to detect liver size and presence of abdominal fluid, listening for bowel sounds with a stethoscope, and palpating for tenderness.
Neurological Exam - nerves, muscle strength, reflexes, balance, and mental state are assessed.
Dermatological Exam - skin and nail findings could indicate a dermatological problem or disease somewhere else in the body.
Extremities Exam - your doctor will look for physical and sensory changes. Pulses can be checked in your arms and legs. Examining joints can assess for abnormalities.
Lab tests – a comprehensive set of lab tests will be ordered depending on your medical risk factors or family history.
Pap smear – women should schedule their thin prep pap smear each year.
Mammogram – a yearly mammogram should be scheduled for women 40 years and older.
PSA test – men should schedule a physical digital prostate exam as well as a prostate specific antigen test to ensure their prostate is in good working order.

Additional tests and/or screening procedures may be ordered based on age, gender, medical health history, and lifestyle.

Physicals Should Emphasize Prevention

The annual physical exam is a great opportunity to refocus your attention on prevention and screening. Healthy behaviors work far better than medicine at preventing illness, and don't require a prescription: exercising, keeping a healthy weight, and not smoking are enough to keep most of us in good health. Keeping up a good relationship with your doctor through regular visits, paying attention to prevention and your overall health, are the best things you can do for you!

Healthcare for All Ages

We are able to serve your entire family, including men, women and children. Our medical team includes Board-certified internists as well as the full complement of medical specialists from the Doctors Hospital Medical Staff.

Get to Know Doctors Hospital

For over 50 years, Doctors Hospital has been acclaimed for its commitment to providing quality, safe, compassionate healthcare and is accredited by Joint Commission International.   Doctors Hospital is a full-service acute care hospital with a proud tradition of professionalism and personalized attention. We remain dedicated to caring for the healthcare needs of the community and the people we serve.
 
For more information or to make an appointment call Doctors Hospital Specialty Clinic (242) 302-4684.


 



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