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About Your Physical Examination
Also called: Physical
What Is a Physical?
A physical is a means for your physician to get a basic view of your overall health. Physicals to evaluate heart health are recommended for everyone 20 and older. These are one of the most important tests your doctor can do to monitor your overall health. You should get a physical annually to keep your medical information updated.
How Is the Physical Examination Performed?
There are four main parts to a physical to examine heart health. Your doctor will visually examine you and any areas about which you have been having pain or discomfort. He will then press on your skin in various places to see if there is any swelling or if you have tenderness. Next, your physician will tap on your chest or abdomen. He is listening for variations in sound which could indicate fluid build up. Lastly, your doctor will use his stethoscope to listen to your heart beat and breathing. Other examinations might be done to look at your eyes, nose, throat, lymph nodes, respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. At all office visits, your blood pressure and weight will be recorded. You might also be asked to have a blood sample taken for a cholesterol and or glucose test.
After the Test
Your doctor might recommend further testing depending upon the results of your physical. Depending upon your current health and risk factors for heart disease, your doctor might ask you to have an annual cardiovascular health physical.
Is It Safe?
A physical is a routine procedure that is entirely safe and can be done in your doctor's office or a clinic.