Routine physical exams can help find major diseases early. These include cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. There are many ways to have an exam. Your doctor may have:
To ease discomfort:
To help keep you healthy:
Do activities as normal, unless your doctor gives other instructions.
If you are taking medicines:
Healthy habits can help prevent serious diseases. Your doctor may want you to:
If you had tests done, your doctor may want to discuss the results. Be sure to go to all advised appointments.
Your doctor may also advise:
Call your doctor if you have:
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
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Last reviewed March 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Nicole Meregian, PA Last Updated: 10/8/2021