In today’s healthcare environment it’s important for you to have a relationship with a primary care provider. This relationship allows the physicians to better meet your needs and gives you a partner who knows how to navigate the increasingly complex world of healthcare. Our physicians will serve as your ally and advocate and work with you to detect and/or prevent issues that might affect your health and well being.
Why a Preventive Visit?
Call your provider to schedule a preventive visit in which our physicians sit down with you for a conversation about your lifestyle and family history, then he or she will make recommendations, based on the information shared, to screen for diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and certain forms of cancer.
Routine Health-Maintenance Exam
If it has been a while since you had a checkup, we encourage you to schedule a routine health-maintenance exam, where in addition to a conversation about your lifestyle and family history, a complete physical exam and lab work will be done. With this information, your physician will make recommendations for lifestyle changes and for additional tests, if necessary.
How Often to Schedule Routine Exams
Some general guidelines, regarding how often routine health maintenance exams should be scheduled are as follows; these are only guidelines that you should discuss with your physician:
Children – Frequent visits to assess developmental milestones and give childhood vaccinations
Adolescents – Annual visits to assess development and discuss health issues and behaviors
Young Adults – Routine visits to discuss health issues and annual tests
Middle-aged Adults – Annual visits are recommended to monitor issues such as blood pressure, cholesterol and weight, recommendations on additional screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies are also discussed at this time
Senior Adults – Regular visits to assess health habits and discuss disease prevention (Medicare has recently added an Annual Wellness Visit to its benefits)