Annual Checkups

Jonathan A. Herbst, MD

Internal Medicine located in Port Chester, NY

Having an annual physical examination is essential for maintaining your health, especially as you age. Some universities or employers also require an annual physical. Dr. Jonathan A. Herbst offers adult patients of all ages in the Port Chester, New York area a comprehensive physical exam using preventive screenings and evaluations to help each patient enjoy optimal health.

Annual Checkups Q & A

What happens during a physical exam?

Physical exams look at the patient "holistically:" Their goal is to assess the entire body’s needs via a thorough assessment. Dr. Herbst aims to determine your overall health, risk factors, and symptoms.

He begins his physical examinations by discussing his patients' medical history, including their personal medical information and family disease or illness. Doing so helps Dr. Herbst understand their risk factors for disease and then determine which preventive steps he needs to take or screenings he should conduct.

Next, Dr. Herbst will take weight and blood pressure measurements and perform essential evaluations, such as listening to the patient's heart and lungs with a stethoscope. He also checks the ears and throat and feels the belly and neck to check for any swelling or tenderness. Dr. Herbst may order blood tests or urinalysis before the appointment to discuss findings during the annual physical exam.

At the end of the visit, Dr. Herbst will make recommendations for additional treatments, provide guidance on how to achieve optimal health, and make sure to spend time answering any questions you may have.

How often do I need to have a physical?

You should receive a physical exam at least once yearly. Annual exams ensure that age-appropriate screenings occur regularly and that you and your doctor discuss your health concerns consistently.

Receiving an annual physical exam creates an up to date record of your health that can help Dr. Herbst identify even the smallest symptoms of a disease. That can expedite treatment and keep you in optimal health.

How can I prepare for my annual exam?

Be prepared to discuss your medical past, your family's health history, risk factors, and other significant pieces of medical information with Dr. Herbst. To that end, it helps to create a list of current medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements.

If Dr. Herbst orders lab tests before the exam, be sure to complete them beforehand so that he can review your results with you during the appointment.

If you haven’t had an annual exam recently, Dr. Herbst can provide a comfortable environment to discuss your health and history. To schedule your annual exam, call or request an appointment online with today.