Your primary care physician establishes a medical home for you and your loved ones. They are the first and best contact for everything from a sinus infection to diabetes management to preventive screenings, such as mammograms and DEXA scans.
Here’s how to get the most out of this important health resource and your partner in health.
Patient Education in Primary Care
You can see your primary care physician when you are sick or injured, but did you know this highly-skilled doctor is a great resource for health-related information of all kinds? Yes, your physician is happy to help you navigate the glut of educational resources out there on the internet, helping you separate fact from fiction and what’s pertinent for you and your family regarding:
- Exercise and fitness
- Stress management
- Supplements and vitamins
- How do medications work, how effective they are, and what side effects there may be
- Lifestyle choices, such as smoking, alcohol, and recreational drugs
- The impact of aging on general health
- Mental health awareness
- Treatment preferences (using physical therapy versus surgery or other complex treatments)
In short, bring all your health questions and concerns to your primary care provider. You’ll get the information you need to make informed decisions.
Primary Care Coordinates Services
While your family doctor cannot treat every health condition, they can refer you to specialists who can help you with testing and treatment. Your primary care physician initiates the referral process, helps you make decisions on advanced care, and maintains and transmits your patient record (chart) as needed. Fortunately, much of today’s charting and diagnostics services are transferred electronically; so you save time and effort going from office to office to deliver important health care information.
Primary Care Delivers Preventive Treatments And Screenings
The annual physical is the mainstay of preventive health care. At Starling Diagnostics, we also provide school and sports physicals, along with clinical care and evaluation of work-related issues.
- Hearing and vision evaluations
- Screening for a wide variety of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and cancer
- On-site radiology services
At Starling Diagnostics, we are proud to deliver the tests people need to stay healthy and live longer. Examples are DEXA bone scans, mammography, ultrasound examinations, digital X-rays, 3T MRI, and CT scans.
Primary Care Establishes a Long-term, Trusting Relationship
Your primary care team wants to know you well. So, expect the doctor to follow you through your lifespan–through the many changes your body experiences from youth to middle-age to the senior years. Open communication and ease of access build trust, which is key to great health care.
Starling Diagnostics in The Bronx, NY
Our primary care physician is Dr. Newaz Hossain. He and his team help patients get and maintain the good health they deserve. Learn more about our primary services by visiting us in our East Avenue facility.