Excellence Medical Centers, LLC
Family Medicine Physician located in Cape Coral, FL
A physical exam is an excellent opportunity to check in on your health and talk to your doctor about any changes or concerns. At Excellence Medical Centers, LLC in Cape Coral, Florida, Christine Mackie, MD, offers annual physicals, well-woman exams, and other types of physical exams. If you’re due for a physical, call Excellence Medical Centers, LLC or schedule your appointment online today.
Physical Exams Q & A
Why do I need a physical exam?
You might be tempted to skip a physical exam, especially if you’re feeling healthy. Dr. Mackie strongly advises that you make time for these critical health evaluations.
Many health problems, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, don’t cause symptoms in their early stages. Routine health screenings are the best way to diagnose these issues before they worsen and impact your well-being.
Chronic health problems are also far more common than you might think. Around 60% of American adults have at least one chronic disease, and approximately 40% have two or more.
What happens during a physical exam?
After you check in, a clinical team member escorts you to the treatment area and checks your height, weight, blood pressure, and blood oxygenation. They take you to a private treatment room where you meet with Dr. Mackie.
Dr. Mackie reviews your medical history and asks about any changes you’ve noticed in your health. She listens to your heart and lungs and looks into your ears, eyes, and throat. She also feels your abdomen for signs of swelling or other abnormalities.
Dr. Mackie also performs some basic neurological screening tests, such as evaluating your grip, balance, and reflexes. If necessary, she orders blood tests to check for signs of disease.
If you need any additional health screenings, such as women’s health tests like pelvic exams, Pap smears, and breast exams, Dr. Mackie can also complete them at this time.
At the end of your exam, you and Dr. Mackie talk about your health and how to improve and protect it. She can prescribe medication and provide advice on how to enhance your overall health.
What health screenings do I need?
You need various health screenings at different times of life. For example, most women have pelvic exams and breast exams annually but might need a Pap smear only every three years.
Men should begin to have prostate cancer screenings, including prostate-specific antigen tests and digital prostate exams, around the age of 50 unless they have an elevated risk. Similarly, everyone should begin to have colorectal cancer screenings when they turn 50.
You should also have a complete blood panel and a blood pressure check once a year.
Call Excellence Medical Centers, LLC or make an appointment online today if you’re due for a physical exam, well-woman visit, or any other wellness check.