Suneetha Maddineni, M.D.
Internal Medicine located in Mountain View, CA
Attending regular physical exams is an important part of preventive medicine and living a long, fulfilling life. At the practice of Suneetha Maddineni, MD, in Mountain View, California, internal medicine physician Dr. Maddineni and her team complete annual physicals to detect or prevent health complications before they become serious. Call to schedule an annual exam today, or request a visit online.
Physical Exam Q & A
What is an annual physical exam?
An annual physical at Suneetha Maddineni, MD, involves an exam, screenings, and treatments that keep you healthy. It’s a medical checkup you attend at least once a year or more often if your doctor recommends it. Annual physicals might be required to play on sports teams, work for the Department of Transportation (DOT), or immigration.
What should I expect during a physical exam?
When you arrive at an annual physical, your provider checks your blood pressure and other vital signs and reviews your medical history. She completes a comprehensive physical exam and may order blood or imaging tests as needed. For women, Dr. Maddineni may complete a Pap test, where she scrapes cells from the cervix to test for cervical cancer.
Based on your age, gender, and risk factors, your doctor may screen you for:
- Colon cancer
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
You might opt to receive immunizations to help prevent certain diseases, such as shingles, the flu, or human papillomavirus (HPV).
Dr. Maddineni may recommend you complete an electrocardiogram, or EKG, which is a test that records the electrical signals in your heart to detect heart problems. Your doctor places electrodes on your skin to monitor your heart’s activity. The test is a painless, noninvasive, in-office procedure. You might even receive results the same day.
Will I require treatment?
After your annual physical, Dr. Maddineni lets you know which treatments, if any, you require to maximize your health or treat a disease. She may recommend:
- No treatment if you’re healthy
- Multivitamin or other dietary supplements
- Watchful waiting
- Weight loss if you’re overweight
- Medications for an acute illness or chronic disease
- Physical therapy, massage, ice, or compression for injuries
- Noninvasive or minimally invasive procedures
If you have signs or symptoms of a severe medical condition, such as cancer, Dr. Maddineni refers you a qualified specialist in your area.
Getting annual physicals is the key to maintaining optimal health and detecting illnesses before they become serious. When you’re ready to schedule a yearly physical, call Suneetha Maddineni, MD, for an appointment, or book one online.