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Annual Physical Exam

What you need to know about the annual physical examination

Adults should visit their health care provider periodically, even if they are healthy. The purpose of these visits is to: Even if you feel well, it still important to see your doctor regularly to check for potential problems. Most people who have high blood pressure don't even know it. The only way to find out if you have hypertension is to have your blood pressure checked regularly. Likewise, high blood sugar and high cholesterol levels often do not produce any symptoms until advanced disease has occurred. There are specific times when you should see your health care provider. Age specific guidelines are as follows:

AGE 18 - 39

AGE 40 - 65

AGE 65 AND OLDER