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Preventive Care

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Washington Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Chantilly, VA & Springfield, VA

Preventive care helps you to avoid disease, boost your health, and enhance your quality of life. Fortunately, you can achieve all of these things with help from experienced primary care physician Sohan R. Varma, MD, at Washington Internal Medicine in Chantilly, Virginia. To learn how you can take steps to be your healthiest self, call the office or book an appointment online.

Preventive Care Q & A

What is preventive care?

Preventive care is medical care that helps you avoid both acute illnesses and chronic diseases. It’s a vital part of your primary health care that involves taking proactive steps to protect your health based upon your specific risk factors and circumstances. 

What does preventive care include?

Preventive care includes a comprehensive physical exam as well as:

Risk assessment

Risk assessment evaluates your lifestyle, health history, family history, personal habits, preexisting conditions, and other factors to determine your risk of chronic issues like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. You learn how to manage the health risks that can be controlled.

Disease screening

Washington Internal Medicine offers disease screenings according to your age and risk factors. Depending on your situation, you may need tests to check for colon cancer, osteoporosis, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and other diseases. 

You may also opt for genomic testing, which identifies diseases that you may be at increased risk for due to genetics. 

Health assessments

In addition to testing based on your age and risk factors, you may need other tests to evaluate your health in general. 

Washington Internal Medicine offers food sensitivity testing, comprehensive nutritional analysis, and other specialized tests to look for potential and emerging health issues such as nutritional deficiencies and insufficiencies. 

Vaccinations

While natural remedies can be beneficial, some vaccinations are necessary if you want to stay healthy and avoid communicable diseases. 

Some vaccinations are only needed once, but you need to have a flu vaccination once a year. Washington Internal Medicine provides specific vaccination recommendations based on your records and current health situation.

Preventive care looks at your health as a whole to determine what you need to enjoy a strong body, healthy mind, and high quality of life now and in the future. Your provider at Washington Internal Medicine helps you to make the necessary changes so you can live your best life. 

How often should I have preventive care appointments?

Preventive care is something you should practice all the time. Making smart choices now, like not smoking, drinking only in moderation, and eating a balanced diet, have long-term benefits including disease prevention. 

During your preventive care appointments, also known as wellness visits, you learn many ways to support your health, such as customized nutrition tips, exercise recommendations, and habit changes.

Most people need wellness visits once a year. Your wellness visit is a good chance to update your medical records, ask questions, get help with chronic disease management, undergo testing, learn new ways to improve your health, and more. 

Washington Internal Medicine can help you prevent disease, avoid the hospital, and live a healthier life. Call the office or click on the online appointment link to start your health journey.