Primary Care

  • 27 November, 2019

When was the last time you saw a doctor when you weren’t feeling under the weather? You visit a doctor when you have a sore throat or when you’re injured, but seeing a primary care physician (PCP) when you’re well is just as vital to your health.

Yearly wellness visits with a PCP are essential to maintaining your health. Here’s why everyone should have a PCP:

A PCP helps keep you healthy
When you get regular check-ups, your PCP gets to know you better so he or she can help keep you healthy. A PCP identifies small issues by keeping track of health markers and keeping a close eye on them. If he or she sees changes from visit to visit, this may indicate the onset of chronic conditions, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

A PCP will also remind you when it’s time to get immunizations and important health screenings, like mammograms and colonoscopies. These preventative services can help you maintain optimal health by finding health conditions early or preventing them before they progress.

A PCP recommends specialists when necessary
If your PCP notices something that needs to be further looked at by a specialist, he or she can suggest and refer you to a specialist who can best care for your specific health needs. Your PCP can also provide the specialist with your health history and records for a more seamless transition. It’s especially easy if both physicians are within the same health system. After you see a specialist, your PCP serves as the place where all your health care comes together. Your PCP will receive your records so your full health overview is all in the same place.

A PCP is the keeper of your health history
Over time, your PCP will develop a thorough understanding of your health, lifestyle and your family’s health and history. This knowledge and your health records help your PCP more accurately assess your health and diagnose medical conditions. That’s why it’s incredibly important to have all your medical history and records in one place – with your PCP.

By building a strong relationship with your primary care doctor, you will establish a successful health partnership for years to come.

Looking for a primary care physician? Erlanger primary care physicians in western North Carolina are accepting new patients in Andrews – Dr. Dena Snead and Dr. Matthew Snead – and in Hayesville – Dr. Karen Davis.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dena Snead or Dr. Matthew Snead, call 828-321-4510; for Dr. Karen Davis, call 828-389-3608. Erlanger Primary Care Andrews is located at 2751 Business Hwy 19, Andrews, NC. Erlanger Primary Care Hayesville is located at 146 Hwy 64 E., Hayesville, NC. Both locations are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

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