Preventive Care

Our physicians aim for the early detection and treatment of any new illnesses that can be prevented, treated or cured when caught early. In addition, our doctors’ goals are to make sure your ongoing health care needs are met for any chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and hypertension.

All preventive care is tracked in our doctors’ Electronic Medical Records systems, so you can be assured that your screenings and immunizations will not be missed!

We provide all of the preventive care recommended by the United States Preventive Care Task Force. They have created a my health finder tool where you can enter your age and gender for a list of the screenings, immunizations and other recommendations for you here:

Healthfinder

This site also includes a health topic encyclopedia.

Why is preventative screening important?

Preventative screening for common heath issues should be conducted yearly to avoid developing more serious problems later. Your doctor may order routine health screenings in order to detect abnormalities and treat them effectively. Talk to your doctor today to discuss which preventative screenings you may be due for.

Medication Management
For diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol
Ages 18 and older
You may be prescribed a medication for any of the above mentioned. Ask your provider about a 100 day supply or mail order, which will help to increase your yearly adherence rate as well as fewer trips to the pharmacy. Taking your medications as prescribed can help reduce health complications.

Talk to your doctor regularly
Don’t put your health needs on hold.
Always remember to discuss the following with your doctor: Flu Shot, Mental/Physical Health, Bladder Control, and Balance/Falls.
Video and phone visits are a convenient way to have a virtual visit with your doctor. To make an
in-person or online appointment, call your primary care doctor’s office.

COMMON SCREENINGS

Colorectal Cancer 
Ages 50–75
Any colorectal screening can be used for the early detection of cancer.
Fecal Immunochemical test (FIT): Every year
FIT- DNA: Every three years
Sigmoidoscopy: Every five years
Colonoscopy: Every 10 years

Osteoporosis 
Women with a fracture ages 67–85
If you have suffered a fracture, you should have either a bone density test performed or be prescribed a drug to treat osteoporosis within six months of the fracture (except fractures of a finger, toe, face, or skull).

Cervical Cancer 
Women ages 21–64
Women between the ages of 21–29 should be screened every three years and those between the ages of 30–64 should be screened every five years for early detection of cervical cancer.

Breast Cancer 
Women ages 50–74
Screening mammography is used for the early detection of breast cancer and should be done every two years.

DIABETIC CARE

Blood Sugar Control
Ages 18–75
A HbA1c test should be performed each year. Targeted HbA1c range is below 9.0%. If it is higher than 9.0%, this test should be repeated quarterly.

Kidney Disease Monitoring
Ages 18–75
A urine test for protein or albumin should be
done yearly.

Eye Exam
Ages 18–75
A retinal or dilated eye exam should be done by an eye care professional to check for damage from diabetes. If retinopathy is detected, a yearly exam should be performed. If no retinopathy is detected, an exam should be performed every two years.

ADDITIONAL PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

Flu shot
All ages
The best way to protect against
influenza is to get vaccinated
each year.

Blood Pressure Control
Ages 18–85
If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, your blood pressure should be checked yearly. Targeted range is below 140/90.

Statin Therapy
For cardiovascular disease:
Males 21–75
Females 40–75
For Diabetes:
all patients ages 40–75
A Statin medication may be prescribed by your provider to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular events.