This is an essential part of the consultation and may include:
Your doctor can use a range of examination techniques including tapping your abdomen to detect liver size and the presence of abdominal fluid, listening for bowel sounds with a stethoscope, and palpating for tenderness.
Less than 120 over 80 is a normal blood pressure. Doctors define high blood pressure (hypertension) as 140 over 90 or higher.
Comprehensive Blood Screen (Kidney Function, Liver Function, Glucose, Cholesterol, Thyroid Function, Full Blood Count, Vitamin B12/Folate, Vitamin D, Zinc)
A blood screening can be used to detect a wide range of existing illnesses.
Skin and nail findings could indicate a dermatological problem or abnormality somewhere else in the body.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is used to test the electrical activity of the heart and aids in determining its health and performance. An ECG will be performed on patients over 45 years of age.
Your doctor will look for physical and sensory changes. Pulses can be checked in your arms and legs. Examining joints can assess for abnormalities.
Faecal Occult Blood (if over 45)
This test analyses stool samples to check for blood not visible to the naked eye. This is a helpful check for the detection of colon cancer and other health problems.
Your doctor gathers a large amount of information about you and your health just by watching and talking to you. How is your memory and mental quickness? Does your skin appear healthy? Can you easily stand and walk?
By listening to your heart with a stethoscope, a doctor might detect an irregular heartbeat, a heart murmur, or other clues to heart disease.
Values between 60 and 100 are considered normal. Many healthy people have heart rates slower than 60, however.
Nerves, muscle strength, reflexes, balance, and mental state may be assessed.
From 12 to 16 breaths per minute is normal for a healthy adult. Breathing more than 20 times per minute can suggest heart or lung problems.
Spirometry – Lung Function (if applicable)
This test is used to measure the air capacity of the lungs, and aids in detection and monitoring of certain lung conditions. This is usually carried out if you are experiencing any applicable symptoms, or if your VIVA doctor believes you are at a higher risk of developing a lung problem.
37 degrees Celsius is the average, but healthy people can have resting temperatures slightly higher or lower.
A urinalysis check can be used to check for a number of conditions; as such it is an important part of our annual health checks.
Plus Men Specific Health Checks:
It is important that you self-examine your testes by feeling for any lumps or other changes. During your comprehensive health check, we will also check for anything unusual by a testicular examination if necessary.
Prostate Bloods & Examination (if over 50)
This includes a prostate examination and a PSA test. A PSA test measures the amount of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) in your blood, which can be indicative of a prostate issues including prostate cancer.
Plus Women Specific Health Checks
Pelvic Examination & Cervical Smear
A full external and internal examination will be carried out, as well as a cervical smear test when necessary.