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assessment, as it allows for a holistic understanding of a patient’s overall health status. The following is an overview of some components which may be evaluated:
Heart sounds, blood pressure and heart rate can give you information on the condition of your cardiovascular system. If there is concern about the heart’s function, other tests may be performed such as an electrocardiogram or echocardiogram.
To assess the state of your respiratory system, you can perform lung function tests like spirometry. Cough, wheezing or shortness in breath are symptoms that may be indicative of respiratory system problems.
The gastrointestinal system can be assessed by assessing symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or constipation. You can also perform a physical examination to check for any signs of abdominal tenderness.
A musculoskeletal examination can reveal information on the condition of your musculoskeletal systems. Muscle strength and tone can be assessed with a physical exam.
Nervous System: By assessing for symptoms, such as dizziness, headache, and changes in sensation, you can get information on the condition of your nervous system. The neurological examination may include a test to measure reflexes and coordination as well cognitive functions.
The genitourinary tract can be assessed by assessing symptoms like urinary urgency or frequency. You may need to undergo a physical examination in order to check for any signs of abnormalities or infection.
Endocrine system – Assessing symptoms, such as weight gain, changes in mood or appetite can give information about the health and function of the endocrine. You can also do blood tests to check for hormone imbalances.
It’s important to note that assessing all system components may not be necessary for every patient, and the specific components that are assessed may depend on the patient’s presenting symptoms and medical history. A number of tests and exams could be prescribed based upon the risk factors identified or any concerns raised during an assessment.