Why is Primary Care Important?
A primary care provider is responsible for understanding you and your health history in order to improve and maintain your health. Attending regular primary care visits provides a record of your overall health and helps your doctor identify any changes in your health. Annual exam appointments give you time to discuss any health concerns with your trusted physician. Your doctor will review your appearance and vital signs and use that knowledge with his or her understanding of your personal medical and family history to make suggestions that will help you live a healthier life. Taking a little time to review your overall well-being with a health professional can help to preserve and improve your health. The doctors at Express Family Clinic are trained to recognize issues and provide treatment and advice to help you maintain a high quality of life.
What Does Primary Care Include?
Routine annual checkups are the cornerstone of primary care. Routine visits allow the doctor to develop a thorough knowledge of your health and lifestyle. During an annual exam or physical, the doctor reviews your medical history and asks questions about your lifestyle, including tobacco usage, alcohol consumption, sexual health, diet, exercise, and vaccination status. The doctor also monitors your vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, and temperature, making observations about your overall appearance and mobility while checking for clues about your general health. If the doctor suspects any issues or conditions, further testing may be ordered. These visits also give you an opportunity to ask questions such as:
- What screenings should I have?
- Are all my signs within normal limits?
- What are the best ways to manage my health?
- What conditions do I have a higher risk of developing?
- Is my health better, worse, or the same since my last visit?
- What symptoms should I look out for, considering my age and medical history?
- What changes should I make to help improve my health?
Do I Need to Prepare for Primary Care Visits?
Patients should be prepared for a general physical exam and for an honest conversation with their doctor about their health. If the doctor needs you to have any testing done before the visit, you will be advised when you make the appointment. You should also bring the following information with you to ensure your personal medical records are up to date:
- Insurance Cards
- Driver's License or ID
- A list of current medications being taken
- Completed new patient forms
- A glucose meter, if used
Interested in Primary Care from Express Family Clinic?
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