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The Importance of Your Annual Physical Santa Monica, CA
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Many of us make an appointment with the doctor only when something is wrong; for example, you feel feverish, have a rash or perhaps are nauseous. However, it is important to remember that those regularly scheduled annual physicals may be able to prevent some illnesses or identify potential problems in their early stages. Let’s take a closer look.

Preventative Maintenance

Just as you regularly check and change the oil in your car to keep it properly maintained, your body needs regular checkups as well. With an annual physical exam, your doctor can order lab work, a urine test as well as blood glucose checks to make sure that everything is at optimum levels. If lab levels are not quite right, your doctor will have a history of lab work to review to compare changes. This history may also be of assistance should you need to see a specialist later.

Gender & Age Specific Testing

As we age, it is important to track certain health issues that are common in older adults. Examples are cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and diabetes. There may be specific conditions your doctor will need to check as you age, based on your family history.

Sexually active women are encouraged to follow their doctor’s recommendations for regular PAP screenings and breast exams. Older women will need mammograms to check for breast anomalies that could be anything from fatty tissue to cancer. All these tests are done to identify potential problems as early as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment of a problem increases the likelihood of a good outcome.

It is recommended for older men to undergo a prostate exam regularly to check for an enlarged prostate. If any other signs appear, additional testing should be performed.

Preparing for Your Annual Physical

When you schedule your annual physical with Dr. Brent Michael, be sure to have a list of any current conditions you may have, your family medical history, medications you currently take and a list of medication allergies. Your initial annual physical may take a little bit longer.

Going forward, your annual exams may include preventive flu shots, lifestyle education such as smoking cessation resources or family planning advice and more. You will come to look forward to your annual physical as a time to reconnect with your physician and receive a health update in return.

Posted on behalf of Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: 310-829-7777

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM