Annual Physical Examination
Having a yearly physical exam is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you stay as healthy as possible at every age. Annual physicals help identify disease risks and provide you with important guidance to lower those risks in addition to offering other necessary care. The providers at Perpetual Health Centre offer comprehensive physical exams for adults, adolescents, and children/newborns in Victoria, BC, and the surrounding regions, with evaluations and care tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
Annual Physical Q&A
Why are annual physicals so important?
Having a yearly physical exam is one of the best ways to stay healthy at every stage of life. Having an annual exam enables your health care providers identify subtle changes in your health that could indicate an underlying disease or medical condition. Annual physicals also ensure that patients receive important health screenings that can help identify risk factors for disease as well as medical services and lifestyle guidance to address those risks and potentially lower them.
Seeing a healthcare provider every year for a routine physical exam also provides patients with medical care that’s truly optimized for their needs, even as those needs change over time. Plus, it gives patients the opportunity to ask questions about their health so they can take a more proactive role in their care.
What happens during an annual physical exam?
An annual physical exam begins with a complete medical history, including information about your personal health and the health of close family members. Next, a member of the healthcare team will measure your weight and blood pressure, recording them in your file so they can be compared from year to year.
The providers at Perpetual Health Centre will ask about any current symptoms or concerns, then perform a series of evaluations based on your needs and risk factors, including:
Listening to your heart and lungs
Palpating your neck and belly area for signs of tenderness or swelling
Checking your ears and eyes
The providers at Perpetual Health Centre may order blood tests, urine tests, or other lab work, and may also administer recommended immunizations to help prevent serious diseases. Based on the results of the exam, they will be able to provide medical and health guidance, including recommendations for follow-up care or lifestyle changes to help improve your health.
What can I do to prepare for my physical?
Fasting at least 8 hours (water only) before your appointment if lab work is being done at your appointment. Take your prescription medications unless your healthcare provider tells you to skip them.
Bring a list of any medications you’re taking, including vitamins and supplements, to include in the medical history.
Know the general medical histories of your parents and grandparents (including major medical conditions like heart disease and hypertension).
Some patients also like to jot down any questions they have so they don’t forget to ask them during the exam.
Service Cost: $485