Preventive care is your best defense against many illnesses that can become debilitating as you get older.
At Castle Hills Family Practice, our experienced medical team offers various preventive care services to ensure you’re healthy and functioning at your full potential.
Ideally, you should schedule a preventive care exam once a year. You may need to meet with our team more often if you have an existing illness or are interested in one of our programs that helps enhance your health, such as weight management.
What to know about preventive care
The main goal of preventive care is to identify your risks for specific medical issues that progress into chronic disease. Many diseases are preventable with early medical intervention but won’t show symptoms until the condition advances.
Chronic diseases that may be preventable include:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart failure
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Some types of cancer can also be preventable with routine medical care, lifestyle changes, and diet modifications.
For this reason, preventive medical care is essential to your existing and long-term health. Our providers work closely with you to better understand your risk for chronic illness based on your medical and family history.
What to expect from your first preventive care consultation
Our goal with preventive care is to identify and lower your risk factors for disease in the earliest stages when treatment is typically most effective.
During your initial visit, our providers spend quality time reviewing your personal and family medical histories, your existing health, and any symptoms you’re experiencing. We also perform a comprehensive physical exam to note vital details about your health, such as your heart rate, body temperature, joint flexibility, and skin health.
Additionally, we may request blood work or diagnostic testing to screen for diseases before you have symptoms. You may need these tests if you have a family history or other risk factors for particular illnesses.
We can screen for:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
Our providers are also experienced in mental health screenings to determine if you have issues with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.
Based on the results of your physical exam and screenings, we customize a care plan to address any issues identified. We also offer resources that help you maximize your existing health.
Preventive care for better health
The medical team at Castle Hills Family Practice enjoys working with people to improve their overall health and enhance the quality of their life. We offer a variety of services that help you reach your full potential physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Preventive services we offer include:
- Lifestyle counseling
- Exercise counseling
- Smoking cessation programs
Our team can also help you manage your weight and prevent obesity-related illnesses, like heart disease, through our weight management services. Additionally, we can help you make long-lasting changes to your diet through our nutritional counseling services, so you can give your body the fuel it needs to thrive.
If you haven’t had a preventive care visit in a year, call Castle Hills Family Practice in San Antonio, Texas, or book an appointment online to get your consultation today.