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Will your doctor check your heart and lungs during a physical exam?

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During a physical exam your doctor will listening to your heart with a stethoscope to cehck for an irregular heartbeat, a heart murmur, or other clues to heart disease. He'll als check your lungs with a stethoscope to listen for crackles, wheezes, or decreased breath sounds. These and other sounds are clues to the presence of heart or lung disease.

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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