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Heart Disease and Heart Attacks: What’s the Connection?

Heart Disease and Heart Attacks: What’s the Connection?

by Shearly (SU)
Heart disease, or cardiovascular disease, encompasses many different conditions that can lead to a heart attack. Most types of heart disease involve atherosclerosis.

Why Do You Need to See a Doctor Today?

by Natalie (SU)
In a perfect world, we would all see our doctor once per year for wellness visits, reviewing our latest blood work and getting any vaccines we might need. This would of course, be a world without illness or injury. Unfortunately, it is inevitable that we may need to see our doctor urgently. Research has shown that one of the most important factors that influences good health outcomes, is continuity of care. This means that when you really need your doctor, he or she is there not only to evaluate, diagnose and treat your illness, but also to give you the reassurance that only someone you know and trust can provide. Hence, one of the most important things you should ask when choosing a family medicine provider is whether or not he or she offers same day appointments.

The Difference between an Internist and a Primary Care Physician

The Difference between an Internist and a Primary Care Physician

by Shearly (SU)
To understand the difference between an internist and a primary care physician, it is important to realize that one is a specialty, and the other is a role. An internist is a physician who specializes in internal medicine, and is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. While an internist can function as a primary care physician, he or she may also focus their practice on hospital medicine, medical education and/or research. On the other hand, a primary care physician may be an internist, a pediatrician, a geriatrician, a family practitioner, a gynecologist or an obstetrician, because primary care involves the practice of promoting overall health for the entire individual within the specific population (geriatrics, pediatrics, etc.) of the physician’s specialty. Let’s first look at the specialty of internal medicine, and then examine how these and other physicians practice in the primary care environment.

Getting the Most From Your Primary Care Visit

Getting the Most From Your Primary Care Visit

by Shearly (SU)
Have you ever gotten home from a doctor visit and realized you forgot to mention something you wanted to talk about? Or maybe you arrived at your visit without important information, like the name of the new medication a specialist prescribed. Your next appointment may not be scheduled for months, and it’s often difficult to make time for an extra trip. Yet, good communication is essential for insuring that all your health needs are met. So, whether you are seeing a new provider, or returning for a follow-up appointment, here are some tips to make sure you get the most from all of your primary care visits.

Selecting the Right Doctor

Selecting the Right Doctor

by Shearly (SU)
The right Primary Care Physician, or PCP gives you access to the best possible healthcare. As the “point person” on your medical team, your doctor gets to know you and your health history. He or she knows the specialists you’ve seen and which medications you take. They will help manage your health through acute illnesses or chronic disease, and always explain conditions and treatment options.

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