Discover how Dr. Saam can meet the needs of preventive medical care for your family.
Preventive care is a set of health care services designed to prevent disease rather than treat it. Disease prevention can include basic medical care, such as vaccinations, as well as identifying risk factors for disease and screening for disease markers.
- It is important to visit Dr. Saam for regular preventive care
- Preventing a disease is easier and less costly than treating it after the fact
Well Visits for Adults and Children
Well visits for both adults and children are the basis of preventive care. These visits should take place once each year. During this visit, the doctor weighs and measures you or your child. Your blood pressure will be checked, and the doctor will listen to your heart, stomach, and lungs. During the well visit, the doctor may ask you questions about your lifestyle and behavior. The doctor will want to know your frequency of smoking, alcohol, and caffeine use. You should also inform the doctor about any changes in your family history or any new symptoms that are bothering you.
For children, Dr. Saam will ask about eating habits, development, and other behaviors. It is important to bring up any concerns during this visit so that they can be explored if needed.
Immunizations for Adults and Children
Immunizations for adults and children are also crucial aspects of preventive care. Infants and children should be immunized according to the schedule determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This immunization schedule was designed to give the best possible level of protection against infectious diseases.
Adults need immunizations as well. Every year, adults should receive a flu shot. Additionally, immunity to some conditions can wane over time. A tetanus and pertussis booster should be given to adults every five to 10 years. Adults who work in healthcare, childcare and other fields may need additional immunizations for diseases such as hepatitis A and hepatitis B. If you plan to do any international travel, you may need additional immunizations to protect against diseases that are common in other parts of the world.
Screening for Chronic Conditions
Another aspect of preventive care is screening for chronic medical conditions. Dr. Saam may check your blood cholesterol, blood sugar, and A1C levels. Any abnormalities might require further testing or changes in your diet to reduce your risk of developing heart disease or diabetes. For slightly abnormal results, such as a slightly elevated blood sugar level, the doctor could begin treatment before your disease has a chance to advance any further.
Tests for Diseases and Disorders
During a preventive checkup with Dr. Saam, you may also be tested for certain diseases or disorders. One common test is for TSH, or thyroid stimulating hormone. An abnormal result may mean that your thyroid is not working properly. Additionally, your doctor might order a genetic test if you have a parent or sibling who has had testicular, uterine, ovarian or breast cancer.
Preventive care is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. By preventing problems or catching them early, you may be able to avoid the complications that come from undiagnosed medical conditions. If you are behind on your immunizations, need to know your blood sugar levels, or are overdue for a well visit, call us today to schedule an appointment.