Preventative Health at Quick Family Urgent Care in Davie FL
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What is Preventative Healthcare?
Preventative healthcare has long been considered essential to maintaining a healthy life, for young and old alike. Preventative healthcare involves a series of yearly exams and screenings that record a personal baseline for each individual and monitors for any changes in your system. It is designed to prevent serious diseases and medical conditions by introducing healthy habits and identifying early risk factors. These steps involve regular annual physical exams, immunization vaccines, advanced screenings for cancers and chronic conditions, and education on healthy habits, just to name a few.
What types of preventative healthcare one receives depends on a few factors, such as age, sex, and genetics. Newborns will receive frequent wellness checks as part of their preventative healthcare starting while you’re still in the hospital. These checks will monitor developmental milestones, behavioral and emotional health, and specific immunization schedules for their age. Your pediatrician will notify you of any red flags or concerns and will monitor your child for any signs of chronic childhood conditions or diseases. Once your child turns 2 years old, wellness checks are done annually and will continue to include height and weight and milestone monitoring, behavioral and emotional development, and age-specific immunizations, but will also include blood pressure monitoring one your child turns 3. Once your child is between 11 and 18, they may begin receiving counseling to avoid high-risk behaviors during their formative teenage years.
Adult men and women will receive preventative healthcare services that monitor weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, colorectal cancer screening, and age-specific immunizations, but there are specific health services performed for each sex on top of these. Women, for instance, should be screened breast cancer and cervical cancer and should seek specialized care from an OBGYN or obstetrician when pregnant for advanced care. Additionally, seniors require additional preventative healthcare measures beyond those named above, including bone density screening and daily medication counseling. Each person is unique, but preventative healthcare services are designed to keep every person happy and healthy throughout their lives.
How does your urgent care center help patients with preventative health?
Traditionally, preventative healthcare services have been the responsibility of primary care physicians, but what do you do if you need to see a doctor, but your family doctor is unavailable? Consider visiting an urgent care center as a qualified alternative to help you with your preventative healthcare.
At Quick Family Urgent Care in Davie, FL, we provide preventative healthcare services beyond the urgent care services we pride ourselves in. Our primary physician, Dr. Ajay Sood, specializes in family medicine, and our office manager, Dr. Diana Sood, has extensive experience in preventative healthcare. Our team of compassionate medical professionals care most about your overall health and wellbeing, so we are available to help you with your questions and concerns when your regular physician is not available. As part of our preventative healthcare services, we provide comprehensive physical exams, immunizations, and laboratory services for routine bloodwork, all on a walk-in basis, short wait times, and affordable costs.
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, it is required that all major health insurance providers cover preventive healthcare costs at no expense to the policyholder. This is part of the larger scope to help all Americans lead longer, healthier lives.
What types of diseases can be prevented at your urgent care center?
Preventative healthcare is essentially a form of healthcare that is designed to help prevent diseases and conditions that can adversely affect one’s life, which is an extensive list. We offer regular physical exams and checkups, vaccinations, and blood services at Quick Family Urgent Care as part of our comprehensive healthcare services.
Common conditions often caught by preventive methods include:
- Heart disease
- Various cancers
- And a variety of preventable diseases.
These conditions and diseases can be caught in advance, which greatly improves recovery, treatment, and management when caught early.
If you have a family history of diabetes or you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, certain lifestyle changes can help prevent or delay the onset of the disease. Losing weight, eating healthy foods, and increasing physical activity have all shown to effectively reduce the progression of Type 2 diabetes and control Type 1 diabetes. By receiving regular preventive healthcare services, such as physical exams and regular blood tests, your doctor can catch signs of diabetes in advance and counsel you on how to adopt habits to help prevent the progression of the disease.
As part of your regular checkups, you will have your blood pressure and cholesterol monitored for signs of heart disease. Heart disease is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, so it is important for your doctor to monitor your health (in conjunction with your family history) for signs of heart disease. You don’t have control over all factors that lead to heart disease (such as age and gender, for example, as men over 45 and women over 55 have a greater risk), but there are some things you can do to prevent heart disease. Your doctor can help you if you have concerns and provide education and counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet.
Men and women are also screened for various cancers during regular preventative health exams. The earlier cancer is caught, the more likely treatment will be effective. By receiving regular screenings, there is a higher chance that cancer will be caught early and that treatment will be more successful. By receiving regular screenings and practicing a healthy and safe lifestyle, it is possible to prevent and/or catch various types of cancer early. Common types of cancer screened through preventative healthcare are skin cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, and breast cancer.
Through immunization and maintaining a regular vaccination schedule throughout your life, you can prevent catching easily preventable deadly diseases, such as diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and the flu. By receiving vaccinations for these diseases, you also maintain herd immunity, which helps protect those who are too sick or weak to receive the vaccinations themselves.
If your primary care physician is unavailable but you have questions about your long-term care and require preventative healthcare services, visit Quick Family Urgent Care in Davie, FL, and our compassionate team of medical professionals, no appointment necessary!