Adult physical exams are a great way to ensure that you are maintaining good overall health and that conditions which can present with age do not develop. During the exam, the doctor will review your medical history and assess you for the presence of any medical conditions or illnesses. These exams help a doctor to determine if treatment needs to be administered before the condition gets worse. Typically, when a condition or disease is caught early on it can be treated more effectively. To get a good idea of how your overall health is holding up the doctor will often check your vital signs including heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, breathing levels, and cholesterol. As a patient gets older more test may need to be performed.
As we age, our bodies change and more test will be required to ensure that all parts of the body are functioning as they should. Tests performed as a person gets older include:
For women additional tests also include:
For men additional tests also include:
If any symptoms or concerns arise these tests should be performed at their onset and continue regularly until treatment is complete or the concerns are no longer present.
The doctor will go over the necessary test and screenings with each patient. When patients follow the advice from the doctor and maintain healthy lifestyles it can prevent serious issues from developing and ensure that the annual adult checkup goes smoothly.
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