PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Just how important is it to get an annual physical examination? This is a question that more and more people are asking, especially with economic concerns.
You won’t be surprised that I come down on the side of the exam. That is because I believe that the most valuable part of the exam is to help educate about preventive steps to avoid conditions.READ MORE: Ben Simmons 'Done Playing With Joel Embiid' Due To Style Of Play, Not Personal Issues, Report Says
A real easy example is high blood pressure. We know that high blood pressure is a silent killer and increases the risk of heart attack and stroke but if the diagnosis is not made, long term irreversible damage can occur.READ MORE: Delaware To Require COVID-19 Vaccine Or Weekly Testing For K-12 Educators, Contractors And Volunteers
Another big advantage is getting lab tests, but nothing beats the advice and lifestyle tips.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite Will Not Seek Contract Renewal After School Year
Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor