Taking regular comprehensive exams is one of the best things you can do for your short- and long-term health. At Frisco Medical Center, Luis Palacios, MD, and Jessica Huerta, DO, MS, conduct wellness exams to assess their patients’ overall health and uncover potential problems before they become serious. To schedule your wellness exam, call or click today.
Wellness exams allow Dr. Palacios to monitor the status of your health. Even if you consider yourself to be in good health, you should get regular physical examinations to detect any problems before they become serious. Often, chronic health issues come on slowly, and you may not realize something’s wrong or that you’re at risk.
Establishing a strong relationship with your primary care provider can help keep you healthier, and taking regular wellness exams can give you a chance to build a relationship with Dr. Palacios. When health problems arise, having a primary care provider who knows you and your medical history will make coordinating your treatment much easier. With regular wellness exams, Frisco Medical Center can become the hub for your medical care.
You may have heard that you should get a wellness exam annually, but that’s not the case for everyone. How often you should get a wellness exam depends on your age as well as your risk factors.
For example, all adults aged 50 or older should get annual exams, but if you’re younger, you may only need to receive an exam every two to three years. However, if you are overweight, you may need an annual physical to monitor for conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, even if you are under 50 years old.
After evaluating your health and risk factors, Dr. Palacios will recommend a wellness exam schedule.
A significant portion of your wellness exam will include a conversation with Dr. Palacios. This conversation will cover a lot of ground, so you’ll want to have any relevant information about your health handy to avoid forgetting anything, including:
Dr. Palacios will also check your vital signs — pulse rate, temperature, respiration rate, and blood pressure — assess your general appearance, listen to your heart and lungs, and feel your abdomen and other body parts for any abnormalities. Depending on what Dr. Palacios finds, he may recommend additional screenings and tests or refer you to a specialist.
To schedule a wellness exam at Frisco Medical Center, call or click today.