Physical Exams

Jose L. Valdez, MD -  - Family Practitioner

Jose L. Valdez, MD

Family Practitioner located in Santa Ana, CA

An annual physical exam is a valuable part of your overall preventive care that shouldn’t be overlooked. Dr. Jose L. Valdez provides comprehensive physical exams to the community of Santa Ana, California, to examine various aspects of your health, including blood pressure, cholesterol, and risk of chronic disease. Take control of your healthcare and enjoy better health with effective medical management and treatment. Call the office to schedule your appointment with Dr. Valdez.

Physical Exams Q & A

What is a physical exam?

An annual physical exam is a preventive care method that examines various aspects of your health. During your annual exam, Dr. Valdez reviews your medical history and discusses your lifestyle and pertinent information to your health, such as:

  • Alcohol use
  • Stress levels
  • Sexual health
  • Tobacco smoking
  • Health complications
  • Nutrition and exercise

What can I expect during my physical exam?

Physical exams are recommended annually for adults over age 18. If you have certain health complications, Dr. Valdez might recommend more frequent checkups. During your exam, expect him and his friendly staff to gather information on and evaluate your weight, appearance, skin, memory, cognitive functioning, and reactions.

Depending on what he learns during the exam, Dr. Valdez might decide to test your:

  • Heart rate
  • Vital signs
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood sugar
  • Temperature
  • Blood pressure
  • Respiration rate
  • Heart electrical activity


He takes the time during your exam to encourage a healthy lifestyle that includes good nutrition, regular exercise, and stress-reduction techniques to keep your stress hormones low.

Dr. Valdez might also recommend a colon cancer screening for adults over age 50. If you have a family history of colon cancer, you might require a screening sooner.

Physical exam for women

Women might require a pelvic or breast exam, and this depends on your age, risk factors, and concerns.

Pap smears to check for abnormal cervical cells in women can be conducted in-office. A Pap smear is recommended every three years for women aged 21 to 65. A mammogram is recommended for women over age 45 to detect abnormal breast cells.

Physical exam for Men

As part of their exam, men might require a testicular, hernia, penis, or prostate exam.

What are the benefits of a physical exam?

A physical exam helps Dr. Valdez detect abnormal cells or complications that might otherwise go unnoticed. Your physical exam allows Dr. Valdez to stay up to date on your overall health.

Physical exams and preventive care can lower your risk of chronic diseases. You can obtain useful information and education on healthy lifestyle factors like nutrition and stress-reduction. It’s also a great time for you to ask questions.

Dr. Valdez monitors and manages any health concerns or conditions you have. If you’re due for your annual physical exam, call to book your physical exam.