Annual Exams Specialist

Pacifica Health

OBGYNs & Primary Care Practice located in East Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA & Monterey Park, CA

Annual exams are an essential tool that helps you stay on top of your health and wellness. Pacifica Health, with offices in the East Hollywood and Chinatown neighborhoods of Los Angeles and in Monterey Park, California, is a primary care practice that provides annual exams for people aged 18 and above. The practice includes internal medicine physician Antuan Kiley, MD, as well as board-certified OB/GYNs. To schedule your annual exam, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Annual Exams Q & A

Why do I need an annual exam?

You’re not alone if you only visit your primary care provider when you’re sick. Though it’s important to see your health expert when you’re not feeling yourself, it’s also important to get a full evaluation when you’re feeling healthy.

Unlike your sick visits, your annual exam is a comprehensive evaluation of your overall health. You need an annual exam because it assesses your current health needs and future health risks.

Your annual exam also gives you and your provider at Pacifica Health an opportunity to develop a trusting patient-doctor relationship. The more trust you have in your physician, the more likely you are to share your health concerns.

What happens during an annual exam?

When you visit Pacifica Health for your annual exam, you can expect a comprehensive, patient-focused evaluation. The specifics of your exam depend on many factors, including your personal health needs, medical and family history, and age.

During your annual exam your provider:

  • Assesses your body composition
  • Checks your vital signs
  • Conducts a visual evaluation
  • Palpates your internal organs
  • Orders lab work to assess your health and risk of disease

For women, the annual exam also includes a breast and pelvic exam. For men, a prostate exam is performed.

After your evaluation, your provider at Pacifica Health reviews their findings with you. Then, they talk to you about the steps you can take to prevent or manage a health condition, such as updating your immunizations, quitting smoking, or making lifestyle changes.

What health screenings do I need during my annual exam?

Prevention is a key component of your annual exam. To assess your risk of developing a chronic health condition, your provider may perform various health screenings.

The type of health screenings you need depends on your age, personal medical history, and family history. 

Some of the common health screenings include:

  • Lipid profile testing to assess heart disease risk
  • Blood pressure check for hypertension
  • Blood glucose test to check for diabetes
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STI) testing
  • BMI screening
  • Pap smear for cervical cancer screening
  • Mammogram for breast cancer screening
  • Bone density test to assess risk for osteoporosis
  • Colonoscopy for colon cancer screening

Your doctor at Pacifica Health decides which types of health screenings you need. 

When it comes to your overall health and well-being, annual exams are an important part of your wellness plan. To schedule your yearly physical exam, call Pacifica Health or request an appointment using the online booking tool today.