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Your annual checkup

Your annual checkups are crucial in helping your primary care physician understand your whole health picture. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive health care to prevent illness and manage any chronic conditions you may have.

Your yearly visit helps you establish a relationship with your doctor so that he or she can:

  • Focus on your health and well-being
  • Monitor your health over time to prevent disease and illness
  • Perform health screenings to assess your risk for certain conditions

It’s important to stay in regular contact with your primary care physician so that:

  • You have one place to go for all your health concerns. Your physician can really get to know you and your health condition, which makes it easier to spot problems at an early stage.
  • Your physician can monitor your health over time. With a physical exam and appropriate lab tests, your physician establishes a point of reference to compare with your health from year to year.

Preventive care and health management

Our primary care physicians are skilled at uncovering health problems before they start. An annual checkup provides the opportunity to find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better.

People who have chronic conditions may need to see their primary care physician more often than once a year. Your physician can look for any changes in your condition and take appropriate action to manage them.

Learn more about finding a primary care physician.

What happens during an annual checkup?

Our primary care physicians tailor your annual checkup for your specific needs. That means we do only the tests you need, based on your specific circumstances:

  • Your personal and family medical history
  • Your age and gender
  • Any underlying health conditions

During your first visit, your primary care physician will:

  • Perform a complete, customized physical exam
  • Ask about your personal and family medical history
  • Ask about health behaviors such as smoking, drug and alcohol use
  • Request appropriate lab tests for your individual situation
  • Perform health screenings for certain diseases
  • Recommend lifestyle changes to prevent disease

Some common issues that are covered in an annual checkup include:

  • Blood tests for levels of cholesterol, complete blood count and glucose
  • Counseling about diet, physical activity, and alcohol, drug or tobacco use
  • Heart and lung function, by listening through a stethoscope
  • Immunizations
  • Vision and hearing screenings
  • Vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate and temperature

We screen for a variety of diseases based on standard guidelines and evidence-based recommendations for patients of different ages.

Learn more about our health screenings at Northwell Health.

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