Why Do I Need to Get a Physical Check Up Every Year?

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If you feel good, you might wonder why you need to get a physical check up every year. An annual checkup can help find a health issue early before it becomes a severe problem. Early detection gives you the best chance of successful treatment. Also, a yearly checkup helps create a baseline of your health so your physician can easily pick up on any changes that might indicate a potential problem.

Dr. Avi Ishaaya at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers in Los Angeles, CA is board certified in internal, sleep, and geriatric medicine. At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers, Dr. Ishaaya will listen to your concerns and medical history while conducting an annual checkup in a private exam room. There is an on-site laboratory to quickly carry out any medical tests, so you don’t have to travel to an off-site lab or wait an excessive amount of time for results.

The Importance of an Annual Physical

In today’s fast-paced world, you might feel like you just can’t spare the time to undergo an annual exam. Many are juggling a career and family, so taking the time to schedule an appointment for a physical is something you might put off. However, an annual exam is important to ensure your ongoing health. You can also take the opportunity to ask Dr. Ishaaya any questions you might have or outline any concerns.

Reasons to schedule an annual health exam include:

  • Uncover hidden health issues that have no symptoms

  • Obtain peace of mind about your health

  • Maintain your annual vaccinations, such as influenza

  • Screen for diseases, such as cancer and heart disease

  • Pinpoint any health concerns or issues

What tests are conducted during an annual physical?

During your annual physical, Dr. Ishaaya will discuss your health and any concerns that you might have. He will then carry out a medical examination that might include diagnostic testing, such as:

  • Body mass index check

  • Hormone levels

  • Thyroid testing

  • Allergy testing

  • Immunotherapy treatments

  • Telomere length testing

  • Blood and urine testing (you’ll receive same-day test results from our in-house laboratory

  • Cardiometabolic testing

  • Possible imaging tests might be ordered, such as x-rays or an ultrasound

In some situations, Dr. Ishaaya might request that you undergo cardiac function and vascular testing, such as:

  • Exercise stress test

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)

  • Home Holter cardiac monitoring

  • Echocardiography (Echo)

  • Venous, arterial, carotid, thyroid, and abdominal ultrasounds

Pulmonary function testing:

  • Oxygen walk studies

  • Nitric oxide testing to assess airway inflammation

  • Methacholine Challenge to diagnose asthma

Dr. Ishaaya might also order sleep studies if you have a challenging time sleeping at night or suffer from insomnia.

  • Sleep apnea device diagnostics

  • Evaluation of sleep studies disorder

Follow up After an Annual Exam

On occasions, Dr. Ishaaya might request that you schedule a follow-up exam following your annual physical if he detects a problem or if you require additional testing or treatment for a health condition. In some situations, he might make a referral to a specialist for you. Every patient has their own unique needs. If you require treatment for a health problem, then Dr. Ishaaya will collaborate closely with you to develop a plan.

Schedule an annual physical in Los Angeles, CA

Is it time for your annual physical? If so, you’ll want to contact Dr. Avi Ishaaya at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers in Los Angeles, CA to schedule the appointment. During your annual physical, Dr. Ishaaya will listen to your questions and concerns while conducting your physical. He might order testing if necessary. Contact the team at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers to schedule a physical.

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