As much as you want to establish a long-term relationship with your primary care physician (PCP), there may come a time when you have to make a tough decision to switch to another one. It could be driven by a change in your personal circumstances, repeated disappointment, or a realization that your health outcome wouldRead More
Why You Need to See Your Primary Care Doctor At Least Once a Year
Think of all the routine maintenance you do around your home–changing the aircon filter, cleaning, inspecting your roof—and the endless stream of other tasks that keep your daily life on course. Don’t you think you should apply the same principle to your health? Seeing your primary care physician (PCP) at least once a year forRead More
Common Problems that Can Be Treated by a Primary Care Physician
Despite the hundreds of thousands of practicing primary care physicians in the country, the term “primary care” can still seem like a general, ambiguous term for some people, especially those with little to no medical background. It can leave them wondering what it exactly means and what a primary care physician actually does. Primary careRead More
Why is Primary Care Important?
For many people, going to the doctor is a consideration only if they are feeling sick. If you think the same way, you may be missing out on a range of healthcare services that can improve your health and well-being, and help you live longer. A primary care provider should be seen regularly, even whenRead More
What Medical Testing Is Available for Me to See if I Have Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer diagnosed in American women, only after skin cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Women have a 13% chance of eventually developing the condition, so getting tested for it is key to early diagnosis and successful treatment. Let’s talk about the main types ofRead More
What Types of Diagnostic Imaging Would Be Recommended if I’ve Had COVID-19?
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) pandemic is affecting people throughout the globe. Primarily attacking the respiratory system, this highly infectious virus can lead to permanent lung damage – and it can also cause harm to other areas of your body. Because of the potential ramifications, if you’ve been sick with COVID-19, your physician will likelyRead More
How are digital X-rays superior to traditional X-rays?
X-ray tests are often the first imaging technique ordered for diagnostic purposes. X-rays are a form of radiation that helps create images of the body’s internal structures. Traditionally, X-ray images are displayed on film, however, advances in X-ray technology have led to digital X-rays. Unlike traditional X-rays, whose sensors are connected to film, digital X-raysRead More
Affordable X-Ray? When and How to Know if You Should Get One
X-ray is one of the most commonly used medical imaging exams to see inside the body. It is the earliest form of medical imaging, has been in use since the late 19th century, and is highly versatile. X-rays use high-energy electromagnetic radiation to generate images of bones and soft tissues. Other tests, like a CTRead More
Key Benefits of an MRI Scan
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of medical imaging procedure that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create images for diagnostic and treatment monitoring purposes. The machine itself is a giant magnet. During the test, the patient lies on a table and slides inside the tunnel-like machine. The doctor may recommendRead More