Wellness Exam

Access Healthcare

Direct Primary Care & Family Medicine located in Apex, NC

Few things give you fair warning in life, but your health is constantly sending signs if you know where to look. The doctors at Access Healthcare do know where to look and offer wellness visits and comprehensive screenings to help their patients in Apex, North Carolina, stay one step ahead of their health. Call or use the online booking tool to schedule your wellness exam.

Wellness Exam Q & A

Access Healthcare

Why do I need a wellness visit?

When it comes to your health, an annual wellness visit at Access Healthcare is a great way for you and your doctor to monitor your health year after year to spot any trends or potential problems.  

To start, one of the staff records your vitals, including your:

  • Blood oxygen levels
  • Body temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Respiratory rate

During your wellness visit, your doctor first sits down with you to go over your health and talk about concerns that may have come up since your last visit. Then your doctor performs a physical exam, checking your:

  • Lungs
  • Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
  • Abdomen
  • Reflexes
  • General appearance 

Either before you get started, or after your exam, a healthcare professional at Access Healthcare draws some blood, and you should expect to provide a sample of your urine for testing.

This thorough checkup is an important part of your preventive healthcare because of the information that your healthcare provider gathers, which provides a valuable baseline of your health.

What preventive measures should I take for cardiovascular disease?

The answer to this depends upon the results of your tests. If your doctor finds that you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol — two primary culprits behind heart disease — the first order of business is lowering these numbers. Your doctor may recommend some medications to help lower your blood pressure or your cholesterol, but the heavy lifting for both of these is the work you do through:

  • Diet and nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Lifestyle modifications, such as quitting smoking or reducing alcohol

In many cases, cardiovascular disease can be stopped in its tracks, and even reversed, if you take control of your health. Rest assured, your doctor at Access Healthcare is with you every step of the way and monitors your progress until you’re in the clear.

Should I screen for cancer?

The doctors at Access Healthcare are big believers in taking preventive measures when it comes to your health and an important step in this is screening for cancer.

The main cancer that both men and women should screen for is colorectal cancer, which is done through a colonoscopy. As well, your doctor checks your skin during your annual wellness visit for signs of skin cancer.

Women should also undergo regular mammograms to check for breast cancer, as well as Pap tests to check for cervical cancer.

For comprehensive preventive care, call Access Healthcare, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.