Annual Physicals

Texas Medical Home

Family Medicine Physicians located in Richardson, TX

Annual physicals are the ideal way for you to check in with your doctor and keep tabs on your health, even if you never get sick. The benefit of visiting Antoine Albert, MD, and his team at Texas Medical Home is that as a family practice clinic, your entire family can receive preventive care under one roof. Book your annual physical and wellness exam at the Richardson, Texas, practice by calling or using the online booking feature.

Annual Physicals Q & A

Why do I need an annual physical?

It’s important to schedule annual physicals, even if you’re generally healthy. Most types of chronic diseases don’t develop overnight. Rather, subtle changes may occur over a period of months or years.

For example, your blood cholesterol may be on the rise. While it probably isn’t a concern right now if you’re otherwise healthy, it’s certainly something to monitor, since high cholesterol drastically increases your risk of heart disease.

Building a relationship with a trusted primary care physician also gives you someone to call in case you experience a symptom or illness that requires immediate attention. Having a medical professional who already knows your personal history and overall health, ensures you receive the best customized treatment option available.

What should I expect during my annual physical?

Most annual physicals and exams include an evaluation of your family medical history. If something has changed, it’s important to discuss it with your provider. He goes over your previous personal medical history and evaluates any current labs, including bloodwork. Your annual physical could also include:

  • Updates on immunizations
  • Diet and nutrition counseling
  • STD testing or screening
  • Blood pressure check
  • Heart rate and lung evaluation

Annual physicals are essentially wellness exams used to ensure you’re in the best health possible. These preventive visits help Dr. Albert keep on top of your overall health and reduce your risk of developing chronic conditions and design for you a roadmap to keep you healthy. 

How do I prepare for my annual physical?

When booking your appointment, ask if you need to fast beforehand. If you’re due for specific blood tests, you might need to avoid foods and beverages for a few hours before having a blood draw.

Some other ways you can prepare for your exam include:

  • Make a list of all medications, including dietary supplements
  • Write down all of your questions and concerns
  • Find out if there are any changes in your family medical history
  • Get records of any recent urgent or emergency room visits

The more information you bring to your annual physical exam, the more efficiently Dr. Albert and his team can put together a thorough picture of your overall health and wellness.

Book your annual exam at Texas Medical Home by calling the clinic or using the online booking feature.