Annual Wellness Exams

Brookridge Internal Medicine

Internists located in Longview, TX

At Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates in Longview, East Texas, Dr. Brenda Vozza and her experienced team are dedicated to providing quality preventive care for patients. They encourage annual wellness exams, where you can check in on your health, undergo screening for common diseases, and get up-to-date on any vaccinations. Call or book online to schedule your annual wellness exam today.

Annual Wellness Exams Q & A

What should I expect from my annual wellness exam?

During your annual wellness exam, your primary care practitioner at Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates assesses your current health, makes sure you’re up-to-date on your immunizations, and helps you create a wellness plan for your future health.

At the beginning of the visit, you’re weighed and measured, and the practitioner provides you with an updated Body Mass Index (BMI). During the visit, the practitioner asks you questions about your medical history, including past injuries, surgeries, or hospitalizations. You should disclose any current medications, vitamins, or supplements that you’re taking. At the end of the visit, you have the opportunity to ask any health-related questions.

Although this exam may be less comprehensive than your annual physical exam, it’s a great opportunity to do an overall checkup of your health and receive general medical counseling.

Are there any specific conditions I should be screened for?

As you get older, it becomes even more important to undergo screening for chronic diseases. At your annual wellness visit, you may be screened for:

  • Depression
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Vision/Hearing impairments
  • Fall risk
  • Overweight/Obesity
  • Tobacco/Alcohol abuse
  • High cholesterol

Your doctor can remind you of which screenings you should get at which age, and give you referrals for certain screenings that are not performed in-house.

What can I do to prepare for my annual wellness exam?

For your annual wellness exam, you typically don’t need to complete any pre-exam activities. However, it’s best to go into the appointment prepared to inform your doctor about any new medical issues, such as changes in medication or worsening symptoms of an existing condition.

Your doctor may also ask about your lifestyle, such as your diet or exercise regime, so it’s a good idea to record a food/fitness diary in the weeks before the exam. Be honest when speaking to your doctor about your lifestyle habits, including a history of smoking and alcohol usage. Your doctor is there to help you achieve your optimal state of health.

Call Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates or book online to schedule your annual wellness exam today.