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 General Physical Exam


During a physical exam, a healthcare provider will often check a patient’s vital signs, including heart rate, breathing rate, temperature, and blood pressure. Normal signs for an average healthy adult include:

  • A blood pressure reading between 90/60 mmHg to 120/80 mmHg
  • A breathing rate of 12 to 18 breaths per minute
  • A heart rate of 60 to 100 beats per minute
  • A temperature of 97.8 to 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit with an average of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit[1]

These signs can be negatively affected by excess weight, so it’s important to have them measured on a regular basis.

[1] “Annual Physical Examinations,” WebMD, accessed July 7, 2016.