- Around Town
- The Community YMCA Launches Annual Strong Kids Campaign
- Two River Theatre Annouces 20th Anniversary Season
- Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino To Appear at Grand Opening
- Ask The Experts
- Ask the Experts: Vincent J Puma
- AskThe Experts - Frank D'Aponte
- AskThe Expert - Jack Giglio
- Bay Wellness
- Bay Wellness - Physician Focus: Steven R. Berkman
- Bay Wellness - How Can An Ultrasound Help?
- Bay Wellness - Making Weight Loss a Family Affair
- Best Bets
- The Guide 2014 - Marshall P. Allegra, M.D.
- The Guide 2014 - The Malvern School
- The Guide 2014 - Athena Learning Center
- DayTripper: Manasquan Reservoir
- Daytripper:The New York Aquarium
- Day Tripper - Momouth Park
- Fall Guide
- Fall Guide - Pumpkins, Hayrides, & Orchards
- Fall Guide - Kids Fashions
- Fall Guide - Kids Activity
- Featured Artist
- Featured Artist - Leah Passafiume
- Featured Artist - Grace Your Space
- Featured Artist - Nate Chadwick
- Gift Guide
- The Guide 2013 - The Pine Tavern of Old Bridge
- The Guide 2014 - JGS Insurance
- Gift Guide - Anvil Studio
- Health Talk
- Health Talk - Carol Ash, DO
- Health Talk - Hiren Patel, M.D., DABR
- Health Talk - Dr. Thomas J. Kayal
- Health, Wellness & Beauty
- AMI Women’s Imaging Center in Brick Township
- Health - Lettuce for Life
- Health - All-County Dermatology
- Contemporary Style - Living Outside The Box
- All The Pretty Horses
- Valerie Schwab - Home Sweet Home
- Newsletter Articles
- The Home - H2o Bath & Kitchen Elegance Gallery
- The Home - Cabitron
- The Home - Dulce Feito-Daly
- Our Picks
- Company Profile - J Vincent Jewelers
- Our Pick - Vianney Institute of Learning
- Our Pick - Fashion Classes of New Jersey
- People On The Move
- People On The Move - Sal Guastella
- People on the Move: Bob Gassaway
- People On The Move - Reverend Monsignor Eugene M. Rebeck
- Summer Guide
- Weigh In - My Favorite Jersey Beach
- Summer Guide - The Beach is Back
- Weigh In - What Annoys You Most About The Beach?
- The Guide
- The Guide 2014 - Craft Master Builders Corp
- The Guide 2014 - The Cracked Olive Market
- The Guide 2014 - Red Bank Sleep Shoppe
- The Home Guide
- The Home Guide - AIR DOCTORS, INC.
- The Home Guide - AW Eurostile
- The Home - Giglio Builders
Bay Wellness - Don't Forget
DON’T FORGET YOUR ANNUAL CHECKUP
“Every man and woman should have an annual physical,” says family medicine physician Paula Krauser, M.D., M.A. “It’s important for your long-term health care needs to get to know your physician and for your physician to get to know you. That way, should a health care emergency arise, your doctor has already established a baseline and is familiar with your overall health, family history and any special conditions or concerns.”
Family physicians work on a biopsychosocial model, which means that comprehensive care rests on knowing each patient as well as their family history and their environment.
An annual exam can include the following:
HISTORY: Talk with your doctor about any complaints or concerns about your health. Your doctor will also likely quiz you about important behaviors, like smoking, excessive alcohol use, sexual health, diet and exercise. The doctor will also check your family medical history.
VITALS: Your doctor will check your blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate and temperature. Your doctor will gather a lot of information about you just by looking at you and talking with you. He or she will also use a stethoscope to listen to your heart and lungs and then examine your head and neck, abdomen, and extremities. A neurological exam will assess nerves, muscle strength, reflexes, balance and mental state.
FOR MEN: An annual check-up for men might also include a hernia exam and an exam of the penis and prostate.
FOR WOMEN: A family physician will encourage all women to schedule an annual Pap test and pelvic exam.
LAB TESTS: There are no standard lab tests but some doctors routinely order a complete blood count and chemistry panel. If there is a suspected issue, and depending on age, gender and family history, your physician may order a urinalysis, lipid test (which includes cholesterol), thyroid, EKG and other tests appropriate for symptoms and history.
VACCINATIONS: Your physician may recommend a vaccination every ten years for diphtheria, proteases and tetanus. Depending on age, your physician may also recommend additional vaccines. Over age 60 - a new vaccine for herpes zoster (shingles). Over age 65 – an annual influenza vaccine and a pneumonia vaccine.
PREVENTION: The annual physical is a great time to focus on prevention and screening. At age 50, it’s time to begin regular screening for colorectal cancer. People with immediate family with colorectal cancer may need to be screened before age 50. For most women, 40 marks the age to begin annual mammogram screening for breast cancer. Everyone should have cholesterol checked every five years after age 20.
HEALTHY BEHAVIORS: Your doctor will urge you to lower your risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer with a regular exercise program, a healthy diet, and a lifestyle that includes smoking cessation and avoiding excessive alcohol.
WHEN SHOULD I SEE A SPECIALIST? Family physicians can expertly coordinate the care and treatment of patients with chronic health conditions such as diabetes or hypertens ion. A family medicine physician will refer patients to a sub-specialist such as an endocrinologist, neurologist, oncologist, hematologist or cardiologist when additional expertise is required.
Powered by eDirectory™