Yearly Well Adult Examination
What Is Included in a Well-Adult Exam?
One of the main benefits of receiving a regular checkup is that your doctor performs a comprehensive, head-to-toe physical examination to make sure all parts of your body are in optimal working condition. But it also gives you the opportunity to have a candid discussion with your physician about everything related to your health.
Before seeing your physician, a nurse or medical assistant will gather some basic information like your height and weight. From these measurements, it’s easy for your doctor to calculate your body mass index (BMI) and cross-reference a BMI chart to determine whether your weight is considered normal, underweight, overweight, or morbidly obese. Since falling into the overweight or obese categories can put you at higher risk for hypertension (a.k.a. high blood pressure), abnormal cholesterol levels, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, part of your visit will involve a discussion about your diet and exercise routine.
A nurse might also review parts of your medical history in preparation for a more detailed conversation with your doctor, as well as take vital signs like your blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and respiratory rate.