An annual physical and a blood test go hand in hand. Blood tests can help a doctor to diagnose multiple medical problems and diseases, sometimes before a patient notices any of the tell-tale symptoms. Conditions such as cancer, liver disorders, diabetes, thyroid problems, anemia, blood cancer, heart disease, stroke, and
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Chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes represent a major health problem in the United States. They account for approximately 86 percent of all healthcare costs and are frequently associated with a significant reduc-tion in quality of life. The CDC reports that roughly half of
Your kidneys work as the filters of your bloodstream, removing waste materials and excess substances such as water while retaining things that your body needs, such as red blood cells and proteins. When blood enters your kidneys, it goes through structures called nephrons that filter out the waste products. These
A nurse takes your blood pressure at your annual physical. The numbers are recorded and the checkup continues. But do you know where on the blood pressure chart your levels are? Are they healthy? Too low? Too high, meaning you have hypertension? If you have high blood pressure or are
The word “menopause” often is used inappropriately. A woman doesn’t “go through menopause.” She ends up in menopause. Menopause is the state a woman enters once she has gone 12 months without a period, at which point her ovaries are no longer producing the hormone estrogen. What she experiences leading
It’s ironic that while many people are avoiding the doctor for fear of what it will cost, some medical experts are debating the value of the one “free” aspect of the Affordable Care Act: an annual physical (a.k.a. preventative exam) and appropriate screening tests.
The annual physical and screening tests
In today’s age, the term “digital” may make you think electronic or photographic. But, alas, digital here refers to a finger, so a digital rectal exam (DRE) is an examination of your rectum with the physician’s gloved and lubricated index finger. Both men and women undergo a digital rectal exam,
If you have chest pain or other symptoms that may indicate a heart issue, there is no doubt that tests like electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, and calcium scoring (see our chart on page 6 to find out what these tests involve) can help determine your risk for heart disease, assess your heart
By Orli R. Etingin, MD, Editor-in-Chief
My patients often ask me if it’s worth coming in for a yearly physical exam. Many of them see specialists, such as cardiologists, pulmonary doctors, or dermatologists, and most see a gynecologist, too. So, why bother with a general exam? What does an internist provide
Q. I’ve had some hypertension issues over the years, and my doctor keeps ordering different tests. How can I tell which ones I really need, and which are unnecessary?
A. It’s important to know why a test has been ordered and what your doctor hopes to learn about your condition from