Preventive care may seem like something you can put off, but you shouldn’t, because it’s critical to your long-term health. Preventive care includes essential screenings and disease management that help you maintain good health and prevent complications from arising in the future. Kiran Patel, MD, and Leela Patel, MD, offer valuable preventive medicine services at Patel & Patel, M.D., Inc. in South Charleston, West Virginia. To find out more, call the office or book an appointment online.

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What is preventive medicine?

Preventive medicine gives you information about your current physical health and focuses on minimizing your risk of future disease or disease complications.

Regular preventive medicine visits help the doctors at Patel & Patel, M.D., Inc. establish a baseline of your health so that any minor changes signaling a possible problem are detected early. This allows for immediate intervention before you develop a full-blown disease or disease complications.

What is included in preventive medicine?

A regular physical exam is a primary part of preventive medicine. It may be easy to skip this exam, especially if you’re busy and feeling generally fine, but it provides important information about your health to the staff at Patel & Patel, M.D., Inc.

In addition to the annual exam, which can also be used for school, sports, and work physicals, preventive medicine also includes:

  • Chronic disease management for issues like diabetes or hypertension
  • Routine gynecological care
  • Geriatric care
  • Patient education
  • Blood pressure, weight, and oxygen level monitoring

The doctors also ensure you get the recommended screening tests for your age, gender, and medical history. This may include basic blood work, cholesterol and blood sugar screenings, mammograms, prostate exams, and colonoscopies. These screenings can detect a health issue early when it’s easiest to treat and resolve.

How is preventive medicine administered?

To prevent illness, disease, and disability, the staff at Patel & Patel, M.D., Inc. provides annual checkups, immunizations, and health screenings. The doctors educate you about healthy lifestyle habits, diet, and physical activity to support good health. They help you take charge of your health.

It’s important that you develop a good, lasting relationship with your health care provider. You should always feel comfortable reaching out about health concerns so you get the tests and treatments you need.

With regular preventive care, your provider can also detect unhealthy trends in your symptoms, lifestyle, or test results that indicate you might be on a path to disease or illness. At Patel & Patel, M.D., Inc., the team can help you reverse course and stay on a path of good health.

Take advantage of the preventive medicine services offered at Patel & Patel, M.D., Inc. Call the office to request an appointment or book online today.