Dr. Feliz-Cruz uses your annual physical to update your health status, monitor chronic illness, and provide preventive care. First, she takes a thorough medical history by asking questions about your past and current health. She may also record information about your family history and check on your vaccination status.
Dr. Feliz-Cruz then takes your vital signs including:
She uses her stethoscope to listen to your heart and lungs. Then, she provides a head and neck assessment, checking for swollen glands and other health markers. She may also scan for visual indicators of disease including your skin, nails, and coloring.
Next, Dr. Feliz-Cruz has you lie down while she examines your abdomen. She may also carry out neurological and dermatologic exams. Depending on your age and risk factors for disease, she may order other tests such as a:
Most insurance companies cover annual physicals, so taking advantage of that benefit is an excellent opportunity to take preventive action for your health. If Dr. Feliz-Cruz does find any signs of disease, she can provide early intervention before it causes further damage.
If you don’t see Dr. Feliz-Cruz regularly, the annual physical is an ideal time for doctor/patient relationship-building. Then, anytime you do need to see your doctor, she’s already familiar with your health history, and you’re already comfortable with her.
Your annual exam is also a great time to bring up any health concerns that have popped up over the past year, especially if you didn’t make a separate appointment for them. It’s also an excellent time to shift your focus to positive health changes.
You don’t need to make any special preparations for your annual checkup. However, you may want to bring the essentials:
You should also list any prescriptions and supplements you take and any personal or family health updates in the past year so that she can update your records.
If you need to schedule your annual physical, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Feliz-Cruz.