Maintaining good health means taking the right preventive measures and working closely with your health care providers. The team at Healthcare Medical Group of La Mesa, led by Venu Prabaker, MD, is here to help with complete physical exams, annual health assessments, annual wellness visits depending on their insurance company’s requirements, sick visits, and all your other health care needs.

Annual exams are a smart choice for nearly everyone. These exams are important for a couple of reasons.

First, annual exams can help you nip developing health issues in the bud. When you have an annual exam at Healthcare Medical Group of La Mesa, Dr. Prabaker can find potential health problems of which you’re completely unaware.

For example, did you know that diabetes usually has no obvious symptoms in its early stages? If you have an annual exam, Dr. Prabaker can identify the early signs of diabetes or other silent health problems like hypertension so you can take action right away.

Another important reason to have annual exams is that they can help you prevent health problems. At Healthcare Medical Group of La Mesa, taking aggressive preventive health care measures can stop common health problems from ever emerging. During your annual exam, Dr. Prabaker discusses your health risks with you and helps you take the necessary preventive care steps.

What does my annual physical exam include?

Your annual physical exam is a comprehensive health evaluation. In general, an annual physical exam usually includes the following things.

  • Height and weight check
  • Basic vision screening
  • Basic hearing test
  • Reflex test
  • Heart health check, which may include an EKG
  • Blood pressure check
  • Flexibility test
  • Very sophisticated Laboratory testing (blood tests)
  • Ear, nose, and throat exam
  • Abdominal exam
  • Skin exam

You may need additional tests or services based on your current and past health issues, so the team at Healthcare Medical Group of La Mesa can customize your annual exam for your unique needs.

How do I prepare for annual exams?

Before your annual exam, make sure that you provide the team with all the information regarding your health history. If you’ve visited other doctors or health care facilities over the last year (or since your last annual exam with the team), ask those providers to send records to the office ahead of your annual exam.

Bring your current medications, or a detailed medication list, to your appointment. Include everything you currently take or have taken recently, even over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or cough syrup. Herbal supplements also count.

If you need to fast before laboratory testing, the team will let you know when you schedule the appointment.

Call Healthcare Medical Group of La Mesa to book your annual exam today or use the online scheduling tool.