We recommend that every patient have an annual exam. An annual exam lets us focus on your health by promoting awareness of new health concerns and preventing disease with education and medication management.
During this annual exam, several screening tests will be performed. What can you expect during your annual exam?
Your annual exam is done in two parts. The first part is scheduled with our medical assistants. At this visit your blood will be drawn, an EKG (electrocardiogram) will be run and you will be asked to leave a urine sample.
If you smoke or have any known lung diseases, you will also have a pulmonary function test and be sent for a chest x-ray.
If you are 50 or over you will be given a kit to collect a stool specimen in order to check for blood in the stool. You will return this kit at the second part of the annual exam and get the results then.
You will need to be fasting for this appointment. This means nothing to eat or drink for twelve hours prior to your appointment time. You can and should drink water! Drinking water keeps you hydrated and makes the blood draw easier. You can also take your daily medications.
Wear loose fitting clothes and do not wear panty hose.
The second part of your annual exam is scheduled with the provider. They will go over your lab, EKG, urinalysis and do a physical exam. Answering any questions and possibly scheduling further appointments for more in-depth treatment.
For men over forty, a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) will be added to your lab tests and a prostate exam will be done at the second part of your annual exam.
If you are over 50, you will be referred for a Colonoscopy.