Patients should get physical examinations every year. This provides an ongoing health record that can be compared year after year to look for subtle signs of disease and to ensure medical treatment and guidance based on evolving needs.
Annual physicals are especially important for diagnosing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other diseases that often cause no noticeable symptoms until a serious medical event occurs.
A physical examination begins with a medical history, including personal medical information as well as information about the patient’s parents and other close relatives. The medical history can help Dr. Tjahjana uncover risk factors for disease and determine which health screenings or preventive treatments might be appropriate.
Next, Dr. Tjahjana will obtain weight and blood pressure measurements and perform basic evaluations, including listening to the heart and lungs, checking the ears and throat, and feeling the belly and neck to check for any swelling or tenderness.
She’ll also perform other evaluations based on the patient’s symptoms, age, and medical risk factors, and she will order blood tests, urinalysis, other lab tests, or health screenings that are recommended for your condition.
At the end of the visit, Dr. Tjahjana will make recommendations for additional care as well as provide lifestyle tips and guidance to improve overall health and wellness. And, of course, she’ll answer questions to help patients understand their health needs.
Vaccination is also an important part of the physical. Dr. Tjahjana will review your need for vaccination based on your age and your medical condition. She can administer the vaccination on site or recommend additional vaccination needed.
Bring a list of any current medications you are taking, including supplements, and know the basic medical histories of close relatives if possible. Patients requiring exams for their employers, insurance companies, or other agencies should be sure to have the proper forms prior to their visit.