If you're tempted to put off your annual physical, think of it this way: Your physical requires a brief investment of time that pays off by preventing disease and paving the way to a healthy future. Adult care and primary care specialist Anand Balasubramanian, MD, PA, performs yearly physicals to evaluate your overall health, catch disease while it's still preventable, and recommend lifestyle plans that keep you on track for another year of great health. To schedule your physical, call one of the two offices in Houston, Texas, or use the online request feature today.
Your yearly physical exam is more than a quick review of your health. During your physical, Dr. Balasubramanian provides preventive health care. He carefully evaluates your risks for disease and looks for subtle signs that your body is already on the road to developing chronic health conditions.
Physicals give you the ability to stop problems before they progress. Most chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes, don't cause symptoms until they reach an advanced stage. At that stage, there's no cure.
But if you get a physical every year, Dr. Balasubramanian catches chronic disease at an early stage, while you can still make lifestyle changes or get treatments that prevent the problem from progressing.
During your annual physical, Dr. Balasubramanian checks your vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure, and weight), does a thorough physical exam, and talks with you about any symptoms you may have. He may also perform in-office bloodwork and a urine analysis.
You also have time to talk with Dr. Balasubramanian. You can ask questions and get advice about any aspect of your life, from needing help to stop smoking to dealing with constant stress or anxiety.
You may also get services such as:
Adults should consider immunizations such as yearly flu shots and vaccinations to prevent pneumonia, shingles, hepatitis, and COVID-19.
Health screenings are at the center of preventive health care. Dr. Balasubramanian may screen for:
Based on your age and risk factors, Dr. Balasubramanian also lets you know when you need other screenings. For example, it may be time for a colonoscopy, bone density test, or mammogram. Depending on your smoking habits, you may also need a low-dose CT scan for lung cancer.
If you're due for a yearly physical, call Anand Balasubramanian, MD, PA, or request an appointment online today.