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Preventive Care Specialist

HT Family Physicians

Family Medicine located in Stockton, CA & Lodi, CA

For the team of doctors at HT Family Physicians, preventive care is the foundation on which first-rate health care is built. Because most people fulfill their everyday medical needs through the kind of primary care medicine that HT Family Physicians provide, they’re in a unique position to spot concerns early on and help you take necessary steps to prevent chronic disease. With two convenient locations in the cities of Stockton and Lodi, California, HT Family Physicians serves the residents of the greater San Joaquin area. Call or book your appointment online today.

Preventive Care Q & A

What is primary care medicine?

Primary care medicine pairs patients with a family medicine physician who becomes the go-to provider for all general medical issues and routine preventive care needs. The doctors at HT Family Physicians all are primary care physicians who specialize in family medicine.

They’re specially trained to:

  • Provide screenings and make recommendations to prevent disease
  • Perform routine physicals and vaccinations
  • Provide comprehensive care for patients with undiagnosed health problems
  • Provide continuing care for patients with chronic conditions or acute illnesses
  • Recognize early symptoms of serious diseases and conditions
  • Recognize problems that may require further medical intervention

What is primary care prevention?

Because millions of people die from preventable conditions like heart disease and diabetes every year, preventing illness and chronic disease is one of the main goals of primary care medicine.

The team at HT Family Physicians uses a variety of methods to help their patients stay healthy. Routine health screenings, including comprehensive annual physicals and patient-specific screenings, such as mammograms, can help detect health risks and problems early on, allowing for a greater chance for prevention or successful early treatment.

Immunizations are another component of preventive care that can protect patients from a range of dangerous diseases, including influenza.

Why is an annual wellness exam important?

Having an annual wellness exam is an easy way to stay on top of your health. In addition to assessing your current health status, making note of any changes, and reevaluating your health risks, the annual exam is an ideal time to spot health problems before they become serious.  

During the exam, your physician records your current height and weight, checks your blood pressure and pulse, listens to your heart and lungs, looks inside your ears and nose, and draws blood to check your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Depending on your age, gender, and medical history, you also may be due for other specific screenings or vaccinations. To get the most out of your annual exam, it’s important to come prepared to discuss any concerns honestly.  

What are the benefits of health education?

Health education is one of the most important components of preventive care because it gives you the knowledge and tools you need to make healthier choices on your own behalf.

It’s important to the team at HT Family Physicians that each of their patients understands the profound impact that diet, exercise, and lifestyle can have on their overall health.

Your doctor can offer information, advice, and support to help you:

  • Make better nutritional choices throughout the day
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
  • Understand the kind and amount of exercise you need
  • Understand how much sleep you need to function
  • Deal with chronic stress more effectively
  • Quit smoking or curb excessive drinking habits