Annual Checkups


Annual Physician Checkups

Your health is your most precious asset. At Sunset Primary Care, located in West Columbia, South Carolina, we’re committed to helping you maintain it. A vital component of this mission is our comprehensive annual checkups. These examinations allow us to evaluate your overall health, screen for potential issues, and formulate personalized health strategies.

What are Annual Checkups?

Annual checkups, also known as annual physical exams or preventive health visits, are routine examinations conducted by our healthcare professionals. These checkups involve a thorough assessment of your health status to identify potential health risks before they escalate into serious complications.

Why are Annual Checkups Important?

Early detection of potential health issues can make a significant difference in treatment outcomes. An annual checkup provides an opportunity for early detection, even when you feel perfectly healthy. Besides, these regular check-ins help establish a patient-doctor relationship, fostering better communication and understanding.

What to Expect During Your Annual Checkup

At Sunset Primary Care, our annual checkups are a combination of physical examination, discussion about health history, and preventive screenings.

  1. Discussion: The checkup begins with a conversation about your health history, family’s medical history, diet, lifestyle, and any concerns or symptoms you may have.

  2. Physical Examination: Our healthcare professionals will conduct a physical examination, including measuring your height, weight, and vital signs, such as blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature.

  3. Preventive Screenings: Depending on your age, gender, and health history, you may undergo various preventive screenings. These could include blood tests, imaging tests, or specialized screenings for conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or certain types of cancer.

  4. Lifestyle Discussions: We’ll discuss diet, physical activity, smoking, alcohol use, and sleep habits. Depending on your current lifestyle, we may offer advice to enhance your health and wellness.

  5. Vaccinations: Depending on your immunization history, we may recommend certain vaccines.

  6. Summary and Recommendations: We conclude the checkup with a summary of the findings and provide personalized health recommendations.

How to Prepare for Your Checkup

To make the most of your annual checkup at Sunset Primary Care:

  • Compile a list of current medications, including over-the-counter drugs, supplements, and vitamins.
  • Bring a record of your medical history and any recent test results.
  • Make a list of questions or concerns you want to discuss with the healthcare provider.
  • Come prepared to discuss your lifestyle habits, including diet, exercise, smoking, and alcohol consumption.

Remember, the annual checkup is your opportunity to take control of your health. We encourage active patient participation during these visits.

At Sunset Primary Care, your health is our top priority. We’re here to partner with you on your wellness journey. Book your annual checkup with us today, because when it comes to your health, an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure.