Your Key to Wellness: Primary Care and Screenings
In today’s fast-paced world, maintaining good health can often take a backseat to our busy lives. However, Riverside Healthcare emphasizes the critical importance of having an established primary care provider and staying up-to-date with regular screenings to ensure a healthier and happier life.
The Anchor of Your Health
Your primary care provider serves as the anchor of your healthcare journey. This healthcare professional is your first point of contact for any health concerns, providing continuous and comprehensive care. Riverside recognizes the significance of having a medical home where patients can build a long-lasting relationship with their primary care provider.
An established primary care provider knows your medical history, understands your unique health needs, and can coordinate your care effectively. “You want to find someone you can form a connection with, who you can trust. Medicine can be scary; disease can be scary. You want to know you can rely on someone. That they are going to give you their honest truth and treat you as if you were family,” urges Dr. Mathew, family medicine provider at Riverside Healthcare’s Frankfort Campus. This familiarity can be a game-changer in managing chronic conditions, preventing potential health issues, and offering personalized guidance to maintain your well-being.
Prevention is the Best Medicine
Preventive care plays a pivotal role in maintaining health. Regular screenings and check-ups are invaluable tools for early detection and intervention. Many health conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, often show no symptoms in their early stages. Screening tests can identify potential problems before they become serious, allowing for timely treatment and better outcomes.
For instance, routine blood pressure checks can uncover hypertension, a leading cause of heart disease and strokes. Mammograms are crucial for detecting breast cancer at an early and more treatable stage. Routine blood tests can monitor cholesterol levels, ensuring timely interventions to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Beyond screenings and check-ups, your primary care provider can guide you on healthy lifestyle choices, such as nutrition, exercise, and stress management, which are essential for maintaining good health in the long run. “Overall, research shows that having access to a primary care provider directly favors and impacts good health and wellness outcomes. If you need more specialized care for a certain health condition, we will guide you to your next steps and connect you with the right specialist,” states Dr. Mathew.
Riverside recognizes the value of having an established primary care provider and staying current with regular screenings. These practices are the foundation of a proactive and preventative healthcare approach, ensuring early detection, personalized care, and ultimately, a healthier and happier life. Remember, your health is your most precious asset, and Riverside Healthcare is here to help you protect it. With over 40 primary care providers in the Riverside Medical Group, we have the right fit for you and your family. To find the right provider for you visit riversidehealthcare.org/primarycare or call (855) 404-DOCS.