The one thing about growing older in Texarkana is that it is generally a good idea to get a physical exam from time to time. Unfortunately, not enough people take this need as seriously as they should. A physical exam will give our doctor an opportunity to assess the progress or decline of your health. While it may seem like an inconvenience to have to make a doctor’s appointment, there are a few important reasons why a physical exam will help set your mind at ease.
Establish Baseline Results
One of the important reasons for receiving a physical exam is to establish baseline values for various aspects of your health. Our doctor will be able to take note of things like enzyme levels, cell counts and other pretreatment parameters. If any of these baseline values are outside the normal range, we may recommend various treatment options with the goal of helping to return your baseline values to normal.
The State of Your Heart
Despite all the warnings and medical advice, heart disease is still the number one killer. For this reason, it is important to ensure that your heart and circulatory health are both in top condition. A physical exam will provide our doctor with a solid understanding of how your heart is doing. If necessary, this exam may lead to the need for a stress test to get a more in-depth look at the activity of the heart if you are experiencing any problems or pain in the chest region when your blood pressure increases due to activity.
Assess and Renew Medications
A physical exam is a perfect time to begin speaking with us about your medications. For some people this might mean it is time to renew a medication they take on a fairly regular basis. In the case of other patients, they may want to know what they can do to step down off certain medications. With their doctor’s supervision, this can be done safely and effectively. Over time, a person could significantly reduce the number of medications they have to take on a daily basis. In turn, this could lead to a significant amount of monetary savings and a reduction in side effect complications.
Probing for Serious Problems
Depending on how much time has lapsed since your last physical exam, our doctor might want to check for certain serious health complications. In women, this could include a breast exam. For men, this could involve tests for testicular lumps and a prostate examination. While these tests may seem a little awkward to the patient, they are an essential part of making a thorough physical examination of a patient’s overall health.
Getting More Information
One of the great opportunities that occurs during a physical exam is that patients can get to know their doctor and ask all sorts of questions. Among these questions are concerns about starting an exercise regimen or taking specific supplements with other medications. Whatever the question, this is the patient’s time to learn more about how they can improve their health and well-being. It is also the opportune time to learn what they should not be doing to worsen their health as well.