Brendan Sullivan, MD, FACC
Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Board Certified in Cardiology & Board Certified in Nuclear Cardiology located in Clifton, NJ & Ridgewood, NJ
When it comes to disease prevention, staying current on your vaccinations and physical exams is an integral part of protecting your overall health. At his clinic in Clifton and Ridgewood, New Jersey, Brendan Sullivan, MD, FACC, offers comprehensive and personalized health care in a family-oriented environment. To get the vaccinations and physical exams you need, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Vaccinations and Physical Exams Q & A
What is a physical exam?
Even when you’re in the best of health, a physical exam is a valuable tool in screening for numerous health issues and preventing serious diseases. These regular appointments also provide an opportunity for you to develop a trusted relationship with your doctor.
Dr. Sullivan offers physical exams for men and women 18 and older. These appointments typically focus on several aspects of your health, including:
- Updating vaccinations
- Screening for diseases
- Evaluating future health risks
- Promoting general health and wellness
Dr. Sullivan not only diagnoses and manages a wide range of health conditions, but as a cardiologist, he also excels in cardiovascular disease prevention.
Why do I need a physical exam?
Your need for a physical exam depends on your gender, age, and general health. Physical exams can also be required to go to school, get a permit, or get a job. Dr. Sullivan even offers surgical clearance physical exams before you undergo surgery.
Adults under age 30
Regular physical exams when you’re healthy and under age 30 typically focus on maintaining your reproductive health. At these physical exams, Dr. Sullivan usually recommends STD testing, and cervical cancer screenings.
Women age 40 and over
Most women should start breast cancer screenings at age 40 through regular mammograms.
Adults age 50 and over
In most cases, adults should begin regular colonoscopy screenings for colon cancer prevention at age 50. Additionally, men should also get routine prostate cancer screenings through digital rectal exams and prostate-specific antigen testing.
What should I expect during a physical exam?
During your physical exam, Dr. Sullivan reviews your medical history, discusses any symptoms you might have, and reviews your overall lifestyle. He also inspects your body for signs of disease or abnormalities.
Dr. Sullivan performs preventive medical screenings based on your age and overall health. He also makes sure you’re vaccinations are current and provides an annual flu shot if desired.
Physical exams are typically painless and require no downtime. Dr. Sullivan will follow up with you after your appointment with the results from any of your health screenings.
To learn more about vaccinations and physical exams, book an appointment with Brendan Sullivan, MD, FACC, online or over the phone.