At Your Appointment

Annual Physical Appointment Guide

Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment.
  • Have there been any big changes since your last physical?
  • Are you experiencing any concerning symptoms?
  • What medicines or supplements do you take? Do you have any concerns or questions about your prescription medications?
  • What is your diet like? Does eating healthy seem hard or unrealistic?
  • How many days per week do you exercise or get physical activity? What kinds of activity and for how long?
  • Do you smoke, vape or use tobacco or nicotine products? How often?
  • How many alcoholic drinks do you have in an average week? Have you ever felt you should cut back?
  • Over the past two weeks, have you felt down, depressed, hopeless, or lost interest or pleasure in doing things?
  • Are you sexually active? If so, do you have more than one partner? What birth control do you use?
  • Do I have risk factors for chronic diseases, like high blood pressure or heart disease?
  • What screening tests do I need?
  • What is my BMI (body mass index)?
  • Are there any vaccinations I need?
  • Do I still need all the medicines and supplements I am taking?
  • What changes do I need to make to my diet?
  • What kinds of exercise or physical activities are safe for me? How often should I be exercising?
  • Where can I find help stopping smoking or curbing my alcohol use?
  • Where can I find help for a mental health issue?
  • When do I need to see you again?
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Last Review Date: 2021 Apr 5
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
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