Alan Padua, MD, emphasizes the importance of annual exams, screenings and vaccinations.
An ounce of prevention
Be proactive to stay healthy
A two-way conversation between you and your doctor is vital to identifying health risks and early onset of disease. “Prevention really is the best medicine,” says Alan Padua, MD, a board-certified family practitioner. “We want patients to understand the importance of annual exams, of staying current with vaccinations and screenings, and of understanding their own risk for developing a serious medical condition.”
Annual exams can pick up critical problems such as rising blood pressure or cholesterol levels, suspicious spots or lumps, or the advent of heart disease. The exams also provide an opportunity for doctors to discuss health screenings or vaccinations.
“Oftentimes, adults know that they have had vaccinations as children, but they don’t know or ask about immunizations that should be obtained as an adult,” says Dr. Padua. “These include immunizations against influenza, pneumonia, whooping cough, tetanus, meningitis and even shingles.”
Medical screenings also are important. “Depending upon your age and gender, we will screen for osteoporosis, abdominal aneurysms and multiple types of cancer,” he says. “All of these can be successfully treated if caught early.”
Patients shouldn't be reactive in terms of their health, Dr. Padua adds. “A proactive approach to medical care can keep you active and healthy for the long term.”
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