Annual Exam Specialist

Amer Zaheer, MD -  - Internal Medicine Physician

Choice Family Medicine

Amer Zaheer, MD

Internal Medicine Physician & Internal Medicine located in Houston, TX

Annual exams are integral to staying healthy and detecting any health issues as early on as possible. Choice Family Medicine in Houston is dedicated to providing quality preventive care. Annual exams are the perfect time to check in on your health, undergo screenings for common diseases, and get up-to-date on any vaccinations. Call or use online booking to schedule your annual exam today.

Annual Exam Q & A

What should I expect at an annual exam?

During your annual exam, your provider at Choice Family Medicine assesses your current health and immunization status and creates a wellness plan for your future health. To start off your annual exam, you’ll step on the scale for an updated body mass index (BMI). A team member then measures you to track your growth.

Your provider might also examine your abdomen and other parts of your body and evaluate the location, consistency, size, texture, and tenderness of your organs. They use a stethoscope to listen to specific body parts, such as your lungs and intestines, as well as your heart’s rhythm to assess your heart function.

Additionally, your provider may send you for blood work and evaluate your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, inflammatory markers, and other key factors that can help paint a clear picture of your health.

They’ll ask you questions relating to your medical history, such as past injuries, surgeries, or hospitalizations, and you should also discuss any medications, vitamins, or supplements you’re currently taking. It’s essential that you be transparent in this process, as the more information you provide the team at Choice Family Medicine during your exam, the better care they’ll be able to provide. At the end of the visit, you have the opportunity to ask any health-related questions.

What specific conditions should I be screened for?

The older you get, the more vital it is for you to undergo screening for chronic conditions. Some of the most common conditions include:

  • Depression
  • Low or high blood pressure
  • Vision or hearing impairments
  • Fall risk
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Tobacco or alcohol abuse
  • High cholesterol

Your provider at Choice Family Medicine tells you which diagnostic screenings you should get at which age, and gives you referrals for certain screenings that are not performed in-office.

How should I prepare for my annual exam?

To make the most out of your annual exam at Choice Family Medicine, you should prepare the following:

  • Any relevant recent test results
  • Medical and surgical history
  • Any additional questions you might have
  • A list of any symptoms or pain you’re experiencing
  • Names and contact information of other doctors you’ve visited recently
  • Your list of current medications, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs

Call Choice Family Medicine or use online booking to schedule your annual exam today.