It is good to see your Primary Care Physician (PCP) for preventive care. A preventive care exam, also referred to as an annual wellness visit, is a yearly checkup with your PCP. He or she will check your blood pressure, weight and perform a physical exam. This is your chance to discuss health changes since your last office visit.
He or she will want to know the following:
- Do you take any over-the-counter medicines, supplements, or vitamins?
- Any changes in exercise or activities
- If you had any falls or balance problems
- If you went to the emergency room (ER), urgent care or to any specialists
- Any problems with depression (being sad for a long time) or anxiety over life events (life events can include a loved one dying, losing a job, etc.)
- If you received flu or pneumonia shots or any vaccines
- Any issues with bladder control
Being able to talk openly with your medical team can help you stay healthy.