A wellness exam is a follow-up doctor’s appointment that focuses on preventive care. The highly-trained team of board-certified physicians at Mez, Tan, & Sarante in Eldersburg, Maryland, provides wellness exams for adults. Call the office or request an appointment online to schedule your wellness exam today.
A wellness exam is when you see your primary care physician at Mez, Tan, & Sarante for the sole purpose of preventive care and not because you’re feeling sick. This follow-up appointment keeps your provider up-to-date on your current health.
Providers don’t typically diagnose new problems during a wellness exam. However, if the exam reveals something that may indicate the presence of disease, your provider may ask you to return for additional tests.
A wellness exam at the office of Mez, Tan, & Sarante involves comprehensive preventive care, including:
Your provider checks your height, weight, and blood pressure. Your body mass index (BMI) is calculated based on your height and weight measurements.
Your BMI indicates whether you’re at a healthy weight while your blood pressure measurement checks for high blood pressure. Being overweight or obese and having high blood pressure are two major risk factors for heart disease and other serious conditions.
Your provider asks questions about your personal medical history as well as your family’s. Having a family member with certain conditions, like high blood pressure or Alzheimer’s disease, increases your risk.
They also review all the medications and supplements you take and make a list of other medical providers you see.
In addition to reviewing your medical and family history, your provider may ask questions about your lifestyle, such as the type of work you do and how much exercise you get. This helps them determine your risk for health problems and properly advise you on how to improve.
Unlike a problem visit, a wellness exam doesn’t involve diagnostic tests. However, your provider at Mez, Tan, & Sarante always performs basic tests, including blood pressure measurements and vision exams. These tests are important because high blood pressure usually doesn’t cause symptoms and vision problems may develop too slowly to notice.
Depending on your specific situation, your provider may also screen for cognitive issues, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. They may also screen for mental health conditions like depression.
To schedule your wellness exam, call the office of Mez, Tan, & Sarante, or book an appointment online today.