Irina Gressel, MD
Primary Care & Aesthetic Physician located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY
Having an annual exam is essential for maintaining your health, especially as you age. Some universities or employers also require an annual physical. At the office of primary care physician Irina Gressel, MD, Dr. Gressel offers patients in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, a comprehensive physical exam using preventive screenings and evaluations to help each patient enjoy optimal health. To schedule your appointment, call the New York office or book online today.
Annual Exams Q & A
What happens during an annual exam?
An annual exam, also referred to as an annual physical, looks at the patient "holistically." The goal is to assess the entire body’s needs via a thorough assessment. Dr. Gressel aims to determine your overall health, risk factors, and symptoms.
Your annual exam begins with discussing your medical history, including personal medical information and any family diseases or illnesses. Doing so helps Dr. Gressel understand your individual risk factors for disease and then determine which preventive steps he needs to take or screenings he should conduct.
Next, Dr. Gressel will take weight and blood pressure measurements and perform essential evaluations, such as listening to the patient's heart and lungs with a stethoscope. She also checks the ears and throat and feels your belly and neck to check for any swelling or tenderness. Dr. Gressel may order blood tests or urinalysis before the appointment to discuss findings during the annual physical exam.
At the end of the visit, Dr. Gressel will make recommendations for additional treatments, provide guidance on how to achieve optimal health, and make sure to spend time answering any questions you may have.
Why do I need an annual exam?
By having an annual exam, you can ensure that age-appropriate screenings occur regularly and that you and Dr. Gressel discuss your health concerns consistently. Annual exams create an up-to-date record of your health that can help her identify even the smallest symptoms or indications of a disease. This can expedite treatment and keep you in optimal health.
How can I prepare for my annual exam?
Be prepared to discuss your medical past, your family's health history, risk factors, and other significant pieces of medical information with Dr. Gressel. To that end, it helps to create a list of current medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements.
If Dr. Gressel orders lab tests before the exam, be sure to complete them beforehand so that he can review your results with you during the appointment.
If you haven’t had an annual exam recently, Dr. Gressel can provide a comfortable environment to discuss your health and medical history so you can stay on top of your health and wellness. To schedule your annual exam, call or request an appointment online today.