Each year, approximately 900,000 Americans die from preventable causes. Preventive care is a branch of medicine that encourages you to take anticipatory actions to protect your health and lower the risk of disease. The team at Desert Wells Family Medicine in Queen Creek, Arizona, offers a variety of preventive care services for children, adults, and geriatric patients. To request your appointment, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Preventive health care focuses on the prevention of disease, disability, and death. Preventive care encourages people to play an active role in their health and well-being by participating in common-sense measures like annual physical exams, preventive screenings, regular exercise, and good nutrition.
At Desert Wells Family Medicine, the team offers a variety of preventive care measures, including:
A physical exam presents an opportunity to check in on your overall health. During a physical, your Desert Wells Family Medicine provider performs a comprehensive medical exam, reviews your health history, and asks you a series of questions about your diet, sleep habits, physical activities, and health in general.
The team also provides gender-specific exams, including Pap tests and prostate exams.
Chronic conditions like high cholesterol and diabetes don’t always present obvious symptoms. Blood tests like lipid panels and complete blood counts (CBC) can alert you to these and other potentially serious problems, including thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.
High blood pressure is a common health problem that presents no obvious symptoms. During a physical exam and every time you visit the practice, your Desert Wells Family Medicine practitioner performs a blood pressure screening.
If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, they might also recommend an electrocardiogram (EKG) to check your heart for abnormalities.
Immunizations are one of the easiest ways to protect yourself, your loved ones, and the community around you from preventable illnesses. The team at Desert Wells Family Medicine can work with you to update all of your vaccinations. The team also offers the HPV vaccine and annual flu shots.
If you’re obese or even slightly overweight, you’re at a higher risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Nutritional counseling and medical weight management advice can help you shed pounds and keep them off.
If you’re sexually active with multiple partners, it’s important to invest in STD testing at least once every six months. But even if you’re in a monogamous relationship, STD testing at your yearly physical is always a good idea.
Many sexually transmitted diseases don’t present obvious symptoms in their early stages. Sexual health screenings can protect you and your intimate partners.
Preventive care services like physical exams, hypertension screenings, and vaccinations are all covered under most major health insurance plans, including Medicare.
However, every provider is different. If you have questions about what your policy does or doesn’t cover, reach out to your insurance provider before making an appointment at Desert Wells Family Medicine.
Preventive care can help you live a happier and healthier life. Take action today and make an appointment at Desert Wells Family Medicine by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.