A primary care provider does much more than give you medicine when you are sick. Primary care providers are responsible for your overall health.
They also keep track of when you should be screened for other common conditions. Screening can include focused questions, blood tests, physical examinations, or scans using special machines. Screenings for some conditions are only done once a year or once every few years, so it is very important for you to see your primary care provider every year for your annual check-up.
Your primary care provider can help catch the early signs of chronic, long-lasting conditions such as diabetes, or life-threatening diseases such as cancer. They can also give you advice to prevent problems such as heart disease if you are at high risk. Your primary care provider may refer you to a specialist if you need special care for your condition(s).
Here are some examples of what your primary care provider can help with:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Strategies to prevent heart attacks and strokes
- Cancer screening (such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer)
- Immunizations or vaccines (such as influenza, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella)
- Mental health (such as depression)
- Sexual heath (such as contraception or birth control, sexually transmitted infections)
- Education to prevent diseases
- Referrals to specialists
Your primary care provider is here to look out for many important parts of your overall health. Talk to your primary care provider about preventing and catching health problems early and see what they can do for you.
A primary care provider can detect and treat potential issues that you can beat!