Primary care doctors are the first line of medical care that most people receive. These are your doctors for routine checkups, blood work, and providing a wide range of medical treatments. Primary care doctors also have an in-depth understanding of your medical history. They are the perfect individuals to ask important questions about your health. Below are some of the most common questions primary care doctors are asked by patients. Next time you visit your primary care, make sure you ask these questions, as well.
How can I reduce my risk of heart disease?
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. One of the most common questions primary care doctors get is what patients can do to reduce their risk of heart disease. Heart disease can lead to a variety of life-threatening conditions such as heart attack and stroke. Preventive care is really important when it comes to heart disease. Primary care doctors can help make sure you take the right preventive steps to reduce your risk. They can help you fix your lifestyle and diet as well as perform the right tests to see what your risk level of getting heart disease is.
How are we going to catch cancer before it catches me?
A cancer diagnosis is some of the worst news that a person can get in their lifetime. Primary care doctors often get asked what patients can do to reduce their chances of developing cancer. Primary care doctors can help you understand what kind of lifestyle to live and whether your medical history has factors that you should be aware of. In addition, your primary care can also tell you about preventive care and tests you can do to screen for various cancers so that if you ever develop it, it can be caught early. Your doctor can let you know what steps you should take to be a step ahead of cancer and what warning signs to look out for.
What medications can we stop or minimize?
People can reduce many of their medications or eliminate them entirely if they make lifestyle changes. For example, people with cholesterol or high blood pressure medications can eliminate or reduce them by eating a healthier diet, exercising, and other lifestyle changes. Although there are conditions that cannot be cured such as type 1 diabetes or thyroid disorders, a lot of health conditions can be controlled or cured. Your primary care doctor can help you take steps to reduce your medications or stop them entirely by setting weight and diet goals that will help make you healthier.
What are the side effects of my medications?
When doctors prescribe medications, one of the most common questions asked is what kind of side effects the medication has. This is a very important question to ask your doctor because it is important to fully understand what you will experience when taking new prescriptions. When you take more than one medication, you need to be aware and informed about any possible side effects from the combination. There may be different medication options that you can choose from with your doctor, also. Make sure to fully understand the side effects of medications before making a decision on which one you should choose. Your primary care doctor can help you weigh the benefits and side effects of each medication so that you make the right decision for your health.
At Lynx Healthcare, your health is our mission. Make an appointment with one of our doctors to talk about your healthcare needs. To make an appointment at our Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, Oregon, Yakima or Goldendale Pain Clinics, call (509) 591-0070. To make an appointment at our Spokane location, call (509) 321-4575.