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Physical exam frequency

How often you need a physical exam; Health maintenance visit; Health screening; Checkup

Even if you feel fine, you should still see your health care provider for regular checkups. These visits can help you avoid problems in the future. For example, the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. High blood sugar and high cholesterol levels also may not have any symptoms in the early stages. A simple blood test can check for these conditions.

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All adults should visit their provider from time to time, even if they are healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:

Recommendations are based on sex and age:

Talk with your provider about how often you should have checkups.

Related Information

Health screenings for women ages 18 to 39
Health screenings for women age 65 and older
Health screenings for men ages 18 to 39
Health screenings for men ages 40 to 64
Health screenings for men age 65 and older
Health screenings for women ages 40 to 64

References

Atkins D, Barton M. The periodic health examination. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 26th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 12.

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