CENTERVILLE MEDICAL CENTER
Chuck Osuagwu, MD
Internal Medicine & Adult Care and Primary Care located in Garland, TX
Undergoing an annual wellness exam is one of the easiest ways to preserve your physical health. Many potentially serious issues, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, present few obvious symptoms. Regular checkups can alert you to problems when they’re easiest to treat. At Centerville Medical Center, internal medicine physician Chuck Osuagwu, MD, provides annual wellness exams to men and women. To make an appointment at the practice in Garland, Texas, call the office, or click the online booking tool today.
Annual Wellness Q & A
What is an annual wellness exam?
An annual wellness exam is a routine checkup that assesses your physical and mental health. It’s performed by your primary care physician and takes about 45 minutes.
In addition to detecting potentially serious health problems, a wellness exam provides time to build a relationship with your doctor, discuss unusual symptoms, and ask questions about nutrition and exercise. If necessary, your provider can also update your immunizations and refill your prescription medication.
How do I prepare for an annual wellness exam?
To get the most out of your annual wellness exam, take the time to prepare in advance. Centerville Medical Center recommends you bring the following documents to your appointment:
- A list of the medications, supplements, and vitamins you regularly take
- Paperwork from any recent or relevant medical tests
- Your medical and surgical history
- The names of any specialists you’ve recently met with
If you have an implanted device, like a pacemaker or defibrillator, make sure to bring a copy of your device card as well.
What does an annual wellness exam involve?
At Centerville Medical Center, an annual wellness exam is a quick outpatient procedure. Before meeting with your doctor, a nurse measures and weighs you, takes your temperature, and asks about your lifestyle, including how often you exercise, if you smoke or drink, and the type of diet you eat.
After gathering that information, your primary care physician takes over. First, they use a bright light to observe your eyes, ears, nose, and throat. Then, you lie down on an exam table and your doctor palpates your abdomen. This helps them determine the size, position, and texture of your organs.
Next, your provider tests your reflexes and listens to your heart and respiratory rate. If you have any questions, speak up. A physical exam is your personal time to discuss anything health-related.
After completing the exam, your provider updates your immunizations, orders a series of laboratory tests, and fills your prescriptions, if necessary. Following your annual wellness exam, you can return to work or other normal activities right away.
Does everyone need an annual wellness exam?
Centerville Medical Center recommends all adults participate in an annual wellness exam. Just because you feel fine, doesn’t mean there aren’t underlying health problems. Routine checkups are an excellent preventive measure that can preserve your well-being for years to come.
If it's been more than a year since your last annual wellness exam, make an appointment at Centerville Medical Center by calling the office, or clicking the online booking tool today.