The Importance of Annual Wellness Visits

When was your last annual wellness visit? Many patients only go to the doctor for primary care when they experience an acute illness or injury. However, wellness visits are the best way to prevent disease and address any risk factors you may face.

An annual wellness visit is your chance to connect with a doctor, discuss your needs, and learn more about how to care for your mind and body.

What Is an Annual Wellness Visit?

Also called an annual physical, a wellness visit is a yearly appointment with a primary care physician. During this visit, they will perform a complete examination of your body to look for signs of disease, such as cancer, and assess your overall physical health.

At a wellness visit, the doctor will:

  • Check your vital signs, such as your heart rate and blood pressure
  • Review your medical history and discuss any risk factors you might have
  • Perform a health risk assessment
  • Address any concerns you have
  • Offer nutritional guidance

Your wellness visit is a time to discuss both your physical and mental health, as the two are closely linked.

At Northern Medical Center, Dr. Zhou brings a deep understanding of primary care medicine to her practice. In addition to knowing all the systems of the human body, she is also highly skilled in disease prevention. She understands the importance of addressing all facets of your well-being to help you live your healthiest life.

Personalized Preventive Care

A wellness visit can also serve as a screening for many common health disorders, such as high blood pressure (hypertension), obesity, and diabetes. An annual wellness visit can help you address early warning signs, receive any necessary treatment, and get ahead of your health risks.

Primary care is there to help you protect yourself. Although not every illness or disease is preventable, you can get early treatment and increase your chances of a thorough, fast recovery.

For patients with chronic conditions, preventive care helps avoid serious side effects and complications.

Schedule Your Next Visit With Dr. Zhou

As our primary care physician for adults, Dr. Zhou brings over 20 years of experience to her practice. She is a dedicated, compassionate physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the heart, kidneys, digestive, respiratory, and vascular systems. Her comprehensive knowledge of human health at every age allows her to deliver personalized care to every patient.

If you would like to schedule an appointment in Middletown, NY, please book online. You can also send us an inquiry online, or call our office at (845) 800-5118.

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