What Happens During a Physical?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 4, 2020 7:26:10 AM ET

During a routine physical, a doctor or nurse takes note of a patient's weight and records the individual's vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and respiration rate. Blood and urine tests are also commonly performed to detect nutritional deficiencies, diabetes and high cholesterol, according to WebMD.

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