Check-Up Specialist

Basant Farghaly, M.D. -  - Family Medicine

Basant Farghaly, M.D.

Family Medicine located in St Augustine, FL & Palm Coast, FL

Regular checkups are essential for staying on top of your health and preventing chronic diseases from developing. Whether you need to become established with a primary care physician or are simply due for a routine exam, schedule your evaluation at Basant Farghaly MD in St. Augustine, Florida. You can either click on the online booking feature or call the office to schedule an appointment.

Check-Up Q & A

What happens during a checkup?

Having a routine checkup is important for your overall health as well as for managing chronic diseases you may have. While no two checkups are the same — they’re tailored specifically to you — visits commonly include some of the following:

  • Body mass index analysis
  • Heart rate and blood pressure check
  • Neurological and reflex exam
  • Head, neck, and abdominal exam

It’s also common to need some laboratory testing — urine, blood, or both — during your checkup. Depending on your age and health history, lab testing may include a complete blood count, cholesterol evaluation, or white blood cell check.

Can I get vaccines during my checkup?

Yes! Routine checkups are the best time to get caught up on vaccines and immunizations, including annual flu shots, which come out in the fall months. You might need vaccines if you:

  • Are getting ready to travel overseas
  • Haven’t had a tetanus shot in more than 10 years
  • Work in patient care, education, or other fields where you’re exposed to bodily fluids

Dr. Farghaly can help you determine which vaccines you may need. She keeps a record of all of your inoculations, so you know when it’s time to get a vaccine again.

How often do I need a checkup?

As long as you’re generally healthy, Dr. Farghaly generally wants to see you once a year. Of course, if you get sick before your next checkup, she certainly wants you to come in as needed.

If you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes, Dr. Farghaly may want to see you more regularly. In these cases, it’s common to schedule checkups 2-3 times per year, especially if you’ve recently been diagnosed and are still learning to manage your condition.

How do I prepare for a checkup?

To ensure you get the most out of your checkup with Dr. Farghaly, you can do a few things to prepare. It’s often helpful to:

  • Make a list of all your medications and dosages
  • Make a list of the over-the-counter drugs you take
  • Gather medical records from other providers
  • Make a list of questions or concerns

Dr. Farghaly provides natural antioxidants and supplements, too. So if you’re already taking dietary supplements, bring them in or make a list so she’ll know which additional supplements you may need.

If it’s time for your routine exam, book an appointment online or over the phone with Basant Farghaly MD today.