Five Preventive Services You Should Receive
Maintaining your long-term health and wellbeing is possible with preventive care services. While not all medical conditions are avoidable, many of the risk factors of diseases and conditions are preventable. So, with preventive care, patients can make informed decisions to best protect their health for years to come.
There are several different preventive services available to support the well-being of you and your family. Among the most important preventive services are:
Vaccinations in childhood and throughout every stage of life are crucial to prevent disease. Vaccines for polio, measles, meningitis, and even the flu shot, to name a few, prevent serious illness and even death. Your primary care physician can advise you on which vaccines to get (and when) so that you remain protected against preventable diseases.
Cancer screenings, such as colonoscopies, mammograms, and skin cancer screenings, can be life-saving. This preventive service can identify cancer in its earliest stages when it’s the most treatable. Undergoing regular cancer screenings can make the difference between overcoming and succumbing to cancer.
Blood Pressure Testing
Having your blood pressure tested regularly is crucial to detect high blood pressure. Oftentimes, high blood pressure causes no symptoms and can’t otherwise be identified. With high blood pressure as a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, patients with high blood pressure need to be diagnosed and put on a treatment plan as soon as possible.
Routine Blood Work
The bloodwork that’s performed at your annual physicals is essential for identifying a wide range of health concerns. Your blood work can also tell your doctor which conditions you’re at an increased risk for so that they can make appropriate lifestyle recommendations.
At your regular check-ups with a primary care physician, they can provide counseling and recommendations to help you improve your health while reducing your risk of disease. Whether you need to quit smoking, lose weight, or receive treatment for a mental health concern, counseling from your primary care physician is a valuable preventive service.
Florida Wellness Medical Group provides primary care and a range of preventive services to help our patients stay healthy in the long term. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.