Your annual physical is a critical part of preventive health care. At his private practice in Tamarac, Florida, Gus Armenakis, MD, a board-certified primary care physician, provides thorough physical exams to screen for early warning signs of health problems. The earlier a condition is diagnosed, the more quickly you can get the treatment you need, often before you experience symptoms. If you’re due for a physical exam, call Dr. Armenakis or schedule your appointment online today.
Many potentially dangerous health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol don’t cause any symptoms in their early stages. Also, most health conditions are easier to treat when found early, and with treatment, you can avoid disruptive symptoms and health problems. So how do you know when you need medical attention for a condition that isn’t causing symptoms? You have your annual physical.
Your annual physical is an opportunity to check in on your health with your trusted primary care physician and have the health screenings necessary to identify disease in its early stages. Dr. Armenakis keeps meticulous records of your vital signs and test results, which allows him to identify any changes in your health immediately. Then he can order any additional testing needed to confirm your diagnosis.
After you check in with Dr. Armenakis’ friendly office staff, a member of the clinical team calls you to the back where they check your blood pressure, blood oxygenation, height, and weight.
Then, you meet with Dr. Armenakis. After reviewing your personal and family medical history, you talk about your general health, any changes you’ve noticed, or concerns you have.
Next, Dr. Armenakis performs your physical exam. He looks into your eyes, ears, and throat. He listens to your heart and lungs and feels your abdomen to check for signs of swelling in your liver and other abdominal organs. If necessary, he performs other health screenings like breast exams and Pap smears.
Dr. Armenakis may request that you have a complete blood panel drawn before your appointment, or he may provide a referral for blood work after your physical. Depending on your age and risk, he may include prostate-specific antigen tests in your blood work or other hormonal assessments. He can also provide referrals for specialized health screenings like mammograms and colorectal cancer screenings.
Dr. Armenakis can recommend specific health screenings based on your age and other risk factors. Some of the standard health screenings that you might need include:
If you’re due for a physical exam, don’t put it off. Call Dr. Armenakis or make an appointment online today.