Annual Health Check Up– MyConcierge MD Beverly Hills

A yearly physical exam or an annual health check up is performed at our Beverly Hills medical office to keep you informed about your health status. Book your physical exam at our facility to get a thorough examination and receive a detailed health profile including risk factors and lifestyle recommendations.

Why are annual physicals important?

An annual physical exam is an important ritual that you should maintain on a yearly basis to stay healthy. You don’t have to be sick to visit the doctor. In fact, going for an annual health check up will help you detect any early signs or risk factors for serious conditions before they even cause any symptoms. During your physical examination, your doctor will be able to identify any potential problems early on before they cause complications.

How to prepare

After you’ve booked your appointment at MyConciergeMD, there are a few things you should prepare before visiting out office. First of all, take time to review your family history. Giving a detailed account of your family history is important because it informs your doctor of any frequently occurring diseases in your family which affects your likelihood of developing them as well. If any of your relatives have developed a certain condition recently, make sure your point it out to your doctor. Important conditions to keep in mind include hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

Secondly, make a list of any concerns or questions you have regarding your health. These can be new complaints or persistent symptoms continue you to cause your discomfort or pain. Think of changes in your sleeping patterns, menstrual cycle, or eating habits. When explaining these changes to your doctor, let him or her know when they began and how they’re affecting your daily life.

Another thing to think about prior to your visit is your future plans. If you’re starting a new job soon, relocating, or want to quit smoking or lose weight, it’s important to share this with your doctor. He or she will provide you with helpful advice to ease you through the process.

Last but not least, you need to prepare a list of medications you’re currently using. Your doctor will review your medications, adjust any dosages, and recommend alternative treatments if you’re not responding well to certain drugs.

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What to expect

After you discuss your medical and family history with your doctor, he or she will begin the first part of your check up: physical examination. Your doctor will do the following:

  • Measure your height, weight, and body mass index (BMI)
  • Measure your vital signs – temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate
  • Assess your general appearance – skin, gait, and posture

After these basic assessments, your doctor will perform regional physical exam including head and neck, heart, lung, abdomen, and limbs. In addition, he or she will check your reflexes, vision, and hearing ability.

Heart

A complete cardiac examination includes auscultation and electrocardiography (EKG). During auscultation, your doctor will use a stethoscope to listen to your heart. This step is done to check if there are any abnormalities in your heart sounds like murmurs or arrhythmias. Part of your cardiovascular exam may also include special tests such as stress testing and echocardiography.

Lung

To make sure your lungs healthy, your doctor will also listen to your breathing sounds by using a stethoscope to detect any abnormalities in air flow. If you have any breathing problems, further testing such as spirometry will also be performed.

Abdomen

Your abdominal exam mainly consists of palpation and percussion. This means your doctor will be feeling and lightly tapping different regions of your abdomen for any signs of abdominal problems. If you have any particular complaints that involve abdominal pain, urinary symptoms, or indigestion, share them with your doctor during this stage.

Limbs

Your doctor will perform a musculoskeletal exam to assess the mobility and strength of your muscles and joints. If you experience aches, cramps, or stiffness in specific joints or muscles, let your doctor know. Special movement tests will be performed to detect any limited movement or pain which could be early signs of rheumatological diseases such as ankylosing spondylitis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Reflexes

Your doctor will check your reflexes to identify any neurological problems. Commonly tested reflexes include elbow, knee jerk, and Achilles’ tendon in the foot. If your reflexes are not intact, this can be a sign of spinal cord injury or certain types of neuromuscular disease.

Imaging tests

Imaging tests such as ultrasound are performed at our medical office and are part of your annual health check up. To evaluate the status of your heart, cardio-pulmonary testing and cardiac stress testing will be performed. If further testing is needed, echocardiography is another imaging modality available at our facility.

In addition to these tests, bone density testing, also called a dexa scan, is performed to evaluate the health of your bones and if you’re at risk for osteoporosis.

Lab tests

A core part of your annual health check up is blood work. You will provide a sample of your blood at your office where it will be tested and analyzed. Our comprehensive lab blood test includes:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Hemogram
  • Vitamin A, B12, E, K, and D
  • Hormone panel (FSH, LH, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone)
  • Thyroid panel (T3, T4, TSH)
  • Lipid panel (cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, HDL)

Results of your lab test will give your doctor a better idea of your current health status and help him or her give you personalized advice about your lifestyle including exercise, diet, and other habits.

Additional procedures

Depending on your age, some additional procedures may be requested to screen for specific conditions that are common in your age group. Among those procedures is endoscopy which is performed at our Beverly Hills office using the most advanced technology: capsule endoscopy.Endoscopic procedures, especially colonoscopy, is highly recommended for individuals aged 50 and above.

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