Annual exams are the foundation for a lifetime of great health and a need that should never fall to the end of your to-do list. When you rely on Erik Contreras, MD, of High Mark Internal Medicine in Prescott, Arizona, for your annual exams, you’ll always be in the best of hands. Request a visit online at your earliest convenience, or call the office to find a time that fits your schedule.
Annual physical exams are an opportunity for Dr. Contreras to evaluate your overall health and wellness. This includes a brief physical exam, as well as the screenings appropriate for your age, sex, and health. Lab testing might also be part of the process.
In most cases, catching disease in the earliest possible stage facilitates early treatment, which often yields better results. Coming in for a comprehensive physical every year reduces the risk that a serious disease can advance to a dangerous stage undetected.
Annual exams are also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have regarding health and wellness. Whether considering making changes to your diet or adding supplements or wanting to improve your sleep quality or find better ways to manage stress, your annual exams are the perfect setting to receive guidance.
The initial portion of the visit centers on gathering routine health information. Expect a quick check of your height, weight, temperature, and blood pressure. Some additional evaluations might focus on:
Dr. Contreras also asks questions that explore your mental and emotional health, which are vital parts of overall health and wellness. Vaccines can be administered during your annual exams, and if you need flu or COVID-19 testing, those services are also available.
Taking some time to prepare for your annual exams is a great way to get the most out of these appointments. Begin by considering what you hope to achieve through your visit. If you have concerns about any changes you’ve noticed since your last appointment, bring in a list so you don’t forget to cover any topics of interest.
If this is your first visit to High Mark Internal Medicine, bring in a written overview of your personal and family health history. Include a list of all medications you take, including supplements.
Of course, if you’d prefer to have a loved one accompany you during your visit, that can certainly be accommodated. Having a second set of ears can be beneficial, especially if you have complex health needs or end up covering several topics during your appointment.
To request an appointment, reach out to the office online or over the phone. Same-day expedited visits are available for urgent needs.