Regular physical exams are crucial for maintaining good health and managing existing conditions and diseases. But is a physical exam every year really necessary? The answer to this question varies between health care professionals and medical organizations. A doctor may advise an annual exam based on various factors, but few would argue that professional guidance in the pursuit of optimal health is invaluable.


1. What Is a Physical Exam?

A physical exam is a visit to a qualified health care provider, at which a person's overall health and wellness are documented. The exam establishes the patient's baseline health and vitals such as height, weight, heart rate, and blood pressure. A blood sample can check cholesterol levels and disease markers.

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