Preventive Medicine Doctor in Redlands, CA
Preventive medicine doctors help in patients’ well-being. Preventive care includes blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer tests, routine vaccinations, well-child visits, and mental health screening. Consult Dr. Mohamed Nassar, MD, and get the needful preventive medicine care. Dr. Nassar evaluates patients with diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, obesity, anxiety, depression, and many other ailments. To consult Dr. Nassar, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 255 Terracina Blvd, Suite 105 Redlands, CA 92373.
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What is the role of preventive medicine?
What are the different types of preventive medicine?
Is preventive medicine the same as primary care?
What is included in a preventive medicine visit?
Preventative medicine is one of the key priorities of health care as it helps to maintain the overall health of the population, and keeps the overall costs of healthcare lower. Receiving proper preventative medicine means avoiding catching diseases or injuries before they develop into much larger or more difficult-to-treat situations. Preventative medicine allows for peace of mind that you are doing everything that you can do to live a long and healthy life.
The role of preventative medicine is to reduce the development of preventable diseases, disabilities, or death. This reduction can save many lives and ensure the quality of life is maintained for many through regular check-ups, testing, immunizations, and the promotion of general health care and well-being. Catching different conditions or illnesses early on will prevent further unnecessary treatment, allowing patients to save time, energy, and money. While having a regular primary physician with whom you meet regularly can feel like it isn’t totally necessary, the preventative care that is provided can drastically improve survival rates for conditions such as cancer and will allow for the development of many conditions to simply be avoided.
There are three different types of preventative medicine; primary, secondary, and tertiary. The goal of primary preventative medicine is to prevent the development of diseases or injuries before they occur by preventing exposure to harmful causes of disease or injury through habits or behaviors or increasing resistance to the injury or disease in case there ever is exposure. Some examples of primary preventative medicine include immunizations and providing education regarding healthy or safe habits such as a lifestyle consisting of a balanced diet and exercise regimen and avoiding the consumption of alcohol or drugs.
If the disease or injury is already existing or has occurred, the goal of secondary preventative medicine is to reduce the overall impact that the disease or injury may inflict on the patient. The success of this second type of preventative medicine depends on early detection and treatment to quickly cure, halt, or slow the progress of the ailment. This type of preventative medicine may also include the implementation of treatments or strategies to prevent the reoccurrence of the injury or disease down the line and to avoid long-term effects.
Examples of secondary preventative medicine include regularly scheduled screening tests or physical exams to detect the disease or injury as early as possible, to provide a treatment plan to deal with the ailment as quickly and effectively as possible to avoid further problems and to provide preventative measures to avoid the reoccurrence such as exercise programs preventing the injury from occurring again.
Tertiary preventative medicine is used to reduce the amount of impact that an ongoing disease or injury that may have lasting effects. Essentially, this is a type of preventative care is to help patients manage their longer-term or more complex ailments to keep their quality of life as high as possible while also considering their life expectancy and ability to function. Examples of this include chronic disease management programs, support groups, physiotherapy, or rehabilitation programs.
Preventative medicine and primary care are not the exact same thing, but much of the work that primary care physicians do is preventative medicine. Primary care provides all types of general medical services to patients, and most of the care they provide has something to do with either preventative care or treatment. While most primary care physicians are highly trained in preventative medicine, they are also often skilled in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, or chronic disease management. There exist preventative medicine physicians, who are doctors that have specialized in preventative medicine and have expertise in public health and clinical care. So, while they are not mutually exclusive, preventative medicine and primary care share many of the same goals and treatments.
The exact examinations or tests that are typically included in a preventative medicine visit may vary depending on age or sex, but always include a number of tests to screen for any diseases or injuries that may be a risk. Regardless of sex, all adults will receive testing for their blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol levels. Most adults will also receive cancer screenings, flu shots, and perhaps counseling on topics such as balanced diets and exercise, quitting smoking, or treating depression. Children will receive regular wellness visits to ensure they are developing at a healthy rate, as well as maintaining up-to-date routine vaccinations. To consult Dr. Nassar, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 255 Terracina Blvd, Suite 105 Redlands, CA 92373. We serve patients from Redlands CA, Loma Linda CA, Highland CA, San Bernardino CA, and Grand Terrace CA.
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