Chantilly Medical Center
Samir Nazam, MD
Family Medicine & Pain Management located in Chantilly, VA
Chantilly Medical Center offers various medical services including annual physicals. Dr. Samir Nazam encourages his patients to receive routine physical examinations, as they provide a chance for patients to express any health concerns and for the doctor to take note of potential care-taking points. If you think you might be due for an annual physical or are thinking about switching practitioners, contact Dr. Samir Nazam of Chantilly Medical Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Contact Dr. No appointment is necessary.
Annual Physical Exam Q & A
Why do I need an annual physical?
Patients are encouraged, if not required by their school, employment, or otherwise, to receive at least one physical annually. A routine physical examination ensures that your health is good and steady for your age, and it gives Dr. Nazam a good baseline against which to compare your health down the line.
During a physical, Dr. Nazam can catch you up on vaccinations and detect new conditions before they become serious. During a routine physical, he also checks vitals like heart rate, weight, and blood pressure, all of which provide vital information regarding your overall health.
Dr. Nazam performs different types of exams, including:
- Annual Physical Exams
- School Physical Exams
- Sports Physical Exams
- DOT Physical Exams
What happens during a physical exam?
Dr. Nazam utilizes an ophthalmoscope and otoscope, respectively, to examine the eyes and ears, as well as the throat, during your physical. He listens to your heart and lungs with a stethoscope to ensure they are functioning properly. He may also touch, or palpate, parts of the body (e.g. abdomen) for abnormalities.
Dr. Nazam checks your vitals, including, but not limited to blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and weight. He also tests motor functions and reflexes. Women may also undergo a routine breast exam during their physical to ensure there are no lumps or other abnormalities.
Dr. Nazam may order blood work as a preventive test, screening for conditions like high cholesterol and diabetes. Blood tests can highlight issues affecting your major organs and blood count. Especially if you have a family history of these diseases, please do not hesitate to share that information with Dr. Nazam.
Who needs an annual physical?
The short answer is this: everyone. When you’re truly due for a physical examination depends on individual medical needs, though, and your specific wellness situation. If you are generally healthy and do not visit the doctor often, it is likely you will only need occasional preventive screenings. Dr. Nazam suggests everyone get at least one physical annually to ensure optimal health.
Regardless of how you view your general health, it is important to schedule regular doctor’s visits and keep up to date with physicals. This helps you build a relationship and history with your primary care provider. If you think you might be due for an annual physical or are thinking about switching general practitioners, contact Dr. Samir Nazam of Chantilly Medical Center in Chantilly, Virginia. No appointment is necessary.
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