Most adults in the United States meet their everyday medical needs through primary care medicine, a physician-based form of health care that provides annual physicals, preventive screenings, chronic disease management, and on-the-spot treatment for virtually any acute illness or infection. Julio Navarro, MD and the team of physicians at Horizons Family Practice offer a complete range of top-tier adult primary care services, including annual well-woman exams. Call their Newark, Delaware, office today or schedule an appointment online any time.
Adult primary care medicine is arguably the most important element of successful health care, because it gives you a medical foundation with a go-to provider who can meet all your general health and preventive care needs. As a primary care physician who specializes in adult medicine, Dr. Navarro routinely:
He also takes time to recommend specific lifestyle changes that are most likely to enhance your overall health and well-being while keeping chronic illness at bay.
Although acute illness care and disease management are fundamental components of adult medicine, the number-one goal of any comprehensive primary care program is to prevent the development of common chronic conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Navarro uses annual wellness physicals, routine health screenings, and patient-specific screenings — such as mammograms and colonoscopies — to help pinpoint known risk factors and diagnose existing health conditions as soon as possible.
Having regular preventive care exams and screenings makes it easier to identify and manage a variety of potential health issues, including:
Discovering and treating such problems before they have time to progress can help you avoid full-blown diabetes or heart disease, and may even help reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
The annual well-woman exam includes a comprehensive physical along with specific gynecological health screenings to evaluate virtually every aspect of your health. It includes:
A well-woman exam typically includes screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes, and bone density, among other things.
During the pelvic exam portion of your well-woman appointment, you may have a Pap smear test to check for cervical cancer. Breast and colon cancer screenings may also be part of your annual exam.
If you’re concerned about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), you may be tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, and other infections that are spread through sexual contact.
Whether you’d like to start using birth control for the first time or you’d like to switch your current form of contraception, Dr. Navarro can give you information about the advantages and drawbacks for each type of birth control and help you choose the method that best meets your needs.
To learn more about adult medicine or schedule your next visit, call the office or book an appointment online today.