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What vital signs will your doctor check during a physical exam?

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During a physical exam your doctor may check vital signs such as:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Respiration rate
  • Temperature

From: Annual Physical Examinations WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Laine, C. 2002. Annals of Internal Medicine,

U.S. News and World Report web site: "Do You Actually Need a Physical Exam?"

MedicineNet web site: "Annual Physical Exam: Unneeded Expense?"

Centers for Disease Control.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. 

American Heart Association: "How to Get Your Cholesterol Tested."

Diabetes Care, January 2016, Supplement 1.

American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 14, 2016

SOURCES:

Laine, C. 2002. Annals of Internal Medicine,

U.S. News and World Report web site: "Do You Actually Need a Physical Exam?"

MedicineNet web site: "Annual Physical Exam: Unneeded Expense?"

Centers for Disease Control.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. 

American Heart Association: "How to Get Your Cholesterol Tested."

Diabetes Care, January 2016, Supplement 1.

American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 14, 2016

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