What is a wellness exam?
To live a healthy lifestyle, you will need the care and advice of a trusted physician to guide you as you age. Our board-certified physician in pulmonary, internal, sleep, and geriatric medicine, Dr. Abraham "Avi" Ishaaya, would like to become more aware of your current level of health. A wellness exam is not about seeing a doctor after you are already sick, in pain, or suffering the consequences of avoiding your annual physical. A wellness exam at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers takes a preventive medicine approach. This means we would like to assist you in making the most out of your current health instead of waiting to treat or cure an ailment. Our team would like to be your resource for staying well and healthy to have a better quality of life.
In a wellness exam, we bring certain aspects of your health into focus. We do this by taking your vital signs, checking your weight, discussing your current medication list, family health history, and asking about your lifestyle choices. Then, you can discuss better ways to maintain your health, prevent disease, and feel your best each day. If you would like to have a wellness exam at our practice, please call for an appointment or submit a request online.
Wellness Exam Reviews
"Hello, one of my friends suggested Dr Ishaaya for the annual physical check up. The entire staff was really helpful and you just feel so comfortable in the clinic. One of the staff members had a good sense of humor and I was so glad that i chose Dr Ishaaya's clinic. Dr Ishaaya is a great doctor and he takes out time to explain you the test results. My CT scan result was loaded with technical jargon which obviously was all Greek to me. I requested Dr Ishaaya to explain that to me and he explained line by line to me- which was quite surprising. He is great and I would recommend going to the clinic atleast once a year for the check up."- R.J. / Yelp / Jan 24, 2016
"Hello, one of my friends suggested Dr Ishaaya for the annual physical check up. The entire staff was really helpful and you just feel so comfortable in the clinic. One of the staff members had a good sense of humor and I was so glad that i chose Dr Ishaaya’s clinic. Dr Ishaaya is a great doctor and he takes out time to explain you the test results. My CT scan result was loaded with technical jargon which obviously was all Greek to me. I requested Dr Ishaaya to explain that to me and he explained line by line to me- which was quite surprising. He is great and I would recommend going to the clinic atleast once a year for the check up."- R.J. / Yelp / Jan 24, 2016
WHAT IF I AM SICK?
Are you sick? Have you been battling the cold and not getting better? Need to see a doctor but can’t get an appointment? At the Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers in Los Angeles, we understand that life happens, and sometimes, you need to see a doctor urgently. We will do our best to give you a same-day appointment so that you can start feeling better sooner. We can perform basic (symptom-specific) tests in the office during your visit to determine the cause of your illness. You will be able to save time and money getting your testing and evaluation done under one roof. Additionally, you may be able to get your medication, shots, or IV therapy at the center instead of waiting at the pharmacy.
Feeling under the weather? Need to see a doctor? Here are some of the common symptoms we see at our office:
- Asthma (shortness of breath)
- Blood clots, leg swelling, or poor circulation
- Chest pains
- Coughing, runny nose, or flu-like symptoms
- Excessive nausea
- Severe sinus headache
In a wellness exam, you will not have the types of tests or blood work performed as you would in an annual physical. A wellness exam is a checkup to collect information about your height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, and other vital signs. We may suggest that you have a physical instead of a wellness exam if you need a more aggressive assessment of your health. Also, if you need to have additional testing for something that is outside of Dr. Ishaaya's specialty, then he will refer you to a local specialist for your suspected medical condition.
Wellness Exam FAQ
How often should you have a wellness exam?
How often you should get a wellness exam depends on your age. In general, people under 50 should have an exam every two years, or every other year for those aged 30 – 40. For people over 50, a yearly wellness exam is recommended to maintain optimal health.
Are wellness exams covered by insurance?
Because a wellness exam is typically considered a preventative procedure, they are often covered by insurance. However, depending on your coverage, not all expenses may be covered, for example, some labs and tests.
What is the difference between a physical and a wellness exam?
A physical exam is done when you have a specific health issue and helps the doctor determine what the problem is. Wellness exams are preventive healthcare and a way for your physician to get a general update on your overall health. They are useful for you and your doctor to better understand your current health and plan your future health and well-being.
What is included in a wellness exam?
Wellness exams usually include weight, height, blood pressure, and other vital measurements. They also include an examination of personal and family medical histories, BMI checks, a discussion of lifestyle and health issues, and sometimes blood work to check for things, such as cholesterol levels.
What should I do before a wellness exam?
For the most part, you don't have to do anything special before a wellness exam, but here are a few things you can do to ensure a more accurate assessment by your physician:
- Get a good night's sleep
- Drink plenty of water (eight, 8 oz. glasses/day)
- Don't eat salty or fatty foods
- Refrain from strenuous exercise
- Avoid coffee or caffeinated drinks
- Don't eat (right before the exam)
- Understand and know your medications
To your good Health
Deliberately take a stance on your health. Schedule a wellness exam for yourself at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers in Los Angeles, CA. A wellness exam is intended to both ensure and promote good health so it is our mission to be there for you. Please contact our office as soon as possible to schedule a wellness exam appointment.
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