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Your New York Physician Wants You to Receive Your Annual Checkup

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ~ old adage

An Annual Checkup in New York, NY should be part of your regular health routine

Manhattan doctor, Dr. Marina Gafanovich wants you to know that making an Annual Checkup in New York, NY is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

Having a New York annual physical examination can provide early disease protection, which in turn can help to prolong your lifespan. It can also provide the opportunity for you to monitor those “unseen” yet important health issues like blood pressure, cholesterol levels, or heart disease. Lastly, your NYC physical exam gives you the opportunity to get to know your health care provider in a relaxed setting.

Your annual physical checkup can provide you with the peace of mind in knowing that you are in good health—or even that you are taking steps to advance your health. This can lead to less stress and a more relaxed state of living.

What Can You Expect at Your Annual Checkup in New York, NY?

NYC Internist, Dr. Gafanovich always begins each physical exam by speaking with her patient. She wants to understand the reasons behind your wanting to have the procedure, as well as, get to know you, your lifestyle, and your health concerns. During this oral evaluation period she will want to know about:

Your Health History: Dr. Gafanovich will want to know about any behaviors that affect or can affect your health. It’s important to speak openly about important behaviors, like smoking, alcohol use, sexual health, diet, and exercise. The doctor will also check on your vaccination status and update your personal and family medical history. Lastly, she will ask you about any particular health concerns you may have or goals for the future (weight loss, running a marathon, getting pregnant, etc).

Vital Signs: Checking a patient’s vital signs is standard for all physical exams. The doctor routinely checks:

  • Blood pressure: less than 120 over 80 is normal blood pressure. Doctors define high blood pressure (hypertension) as 140 over 90 or higher.
  • Heart rate: Values between 60 and 100 are considered normal although many healthy people have heart rates slower than 60.
  • Respiration rate: Between 12 and 20 is normal. Breathing more than 20 times per minute may suggest heart or lung problems.
  • Temperature: 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the average, but healthy people can have resting temperatures slightly higher or lower. A fever is not present until the temperature is over 101.0 degrees Fahrenheit.

General Appearance: Intuitive skills are rarely talked about, but are a much-used skill set by the medical profession. Dr. Gafanovich gathers a lot of information about an individual’s overall health and well-being just by observing and talking to her patients. Hair, skin, nails—the health of these things are indicative of your overall health. Your skin is the body’s largest organ. If your skin is unhealthy it is a clear sign that your overall health is suffering in some manner. Moreover, if your eyes appear dull and listless or you seem overly distracted these things could point to problems in diet or nutrition.

Heart Exam: Listening to your heart with a stethoscope allows a doctor to detect symptoms like an irregular heartbeat, heart murmurs, and other clues that could lead to a diagnosis of heart disease.

Lung Exam: Using a stethoscope, a doctor listens for crackles, wheezes, or signs of decreased breath capacity. These and other sounds are clues to the presence of heart or lung disease.

Head and Neck Exam: Opening up and saying “ah” displays your throat and tonsils. The quality of your teeth and gums also provides information about your overall health. Ears, nose, sinuses, eyes, lymph nodes, thyroid, and carotid arteries are also examined.

Abdominal Exam: During the New York health examination the doctor can use a range of examination techniques including tapping your abdomen to detect liver size and presence of abdominal fluid, listening for bowel sounds with a stethoscope, and palpating for tenderness.

Neurological Exam: Nerves, muscle strength, reflexes, balance, and mental state are assessed.

Dermatological Exam: Skin and nail findings could indicate a dermatological problem or disease somewhere else in the body.

Extremities Exam: Your doctor will look for physical and sensory changes. Dr. Gafanovich will check the pulse your arms and legs that could point to potential circulatory issues, as well as, examine your joints to assess for abnormalities.

New York Annual Checkup is a Pivotal Health Exam

Male Physical Exam

An annual physical exam in New York for men might also include:

  • Testicular exam: A doctor can check each testicle for lumps, tenderness, or changes in size. Most men with testicular cancer notice growth before seeing a doctor.
  • Hernia exam: The famous “turn your head and cough” checks for a weakness in the abdominal wall between the intestines and scrotum. (The actual reason you turn your head is so you don’t cough on the doctor.)
  • Penis exam: A doctor might notice evidence of sexually transmitted infections such as warts or ulcers on the penis.
  • Prostate exam: Inserting a finger in the rectum lets a doctor feel the prostate for its size and any suspicious areas.

Female Physical Exam

An NYC woman’s annual exam might include:

  • Breast exam: Feeling for abnormal lumps may detect breast cancer or benign breast conditions. The doctor will also check the lymph nodes in the underarm area and look for visual abnormalities in the breasts.

Laboratory Tests

There are no standard laboratory tests during an annual physical. However, Dr. Gafanovich may order certain tests routinely:

  • Complete blood count
  • Screening test for diabetes and lipid panel
  • Chemistry panel
  • Urinalysis (UA) (urine pregnancy test for females)
  • Thyroid function tests

lipid panel (cholesterol test) is recommended every year. Abnormal cholesterol levels increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes.

For patient convenience, Dr. Gafanonvich has a nurse on staff that will draw your blood on the premises without the need to go to a remote laboratory.

Upper East Side doctor’s Physical Exam Emphasizes Prevention

The Manhattan annual physical is a great opportunity to refocus your attention on prevention and screening:

  • At age 50, it’s time to begin regular screening for colorectal cancer. People with immediate family members with colorectal cancer may need to be screened before age 50.
  • For most women, age 40 marks the time to begin annual mammogram screening for breast cancer.
  • Everyone should have their cholesterol (lipids) checked every five years after age 20, according to the American Heart Association.

Healthy behaviors work far better than medicine at preventing illness, and don’t require a prescription:

  • Do 30 minutes of brisk walking or other exercises, most days of the week. Your risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer will fall dramatically.
  • Eat a mostly plant-based diet, low in animal fats.
  • Above all, don’t smoke.

Contact Us

Marina Gafanovich, MD is located at
1550 York Ave Ste A
New York, NY 10028

(212) 548-3263