If you want to lower your risk of serious health problems including heart disease and diabetes, you should consider investing in preventive screenings. A preventive screening can alert you to potential issues early on when they’re easier to treat. At North Houston Internal Medicine in Cypress, Texas, expert internal medicine physician Ashish Kapoor, MD, offers several types of preventive screenings. To make your appointment today, call the office or click the online booking tool.
A preventive screening is a pre-emptive health measure that presents an opportunity to check in on your overall health and well-being.
Many health problems such as hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes don’t present obvious symptoms early on. Preventive screenings can alert you to these issues before they get out of hand. In addition, preventive screenings allow you to ask questions, raise concerns, and build a relationship with Dr. Kapoor.
No two preventive screenings are exactly alike. At North Houston Internal Medicine, Dr. Kapoor tailors treatment to your health history and individual needs. That said, most preventive screenings follow a basic blueprint.
First, Dr. Kapoor checks your vital signs, including your heart rate, respiratory rate, and reflexes. Next, he looks inside your nose, ears, and throat and gently presses on your stomach and internal organs. If you need to update your immunizations or refill a prescription medication, Dr. Kapoor can help with that as well.
Last, but not least, Dr. Kapoor answers any questions you have and addresses physical concerns. If necessary, he might also order a series of laboratory tests or diagnostic imaging such as an X-ray or MRI.
Preventive screenings for men and women are very similar. However, your different reproductive organs put you at risk of different sex-specific health problems.
If you’re a man and you’re 45 or older, Dr. Kapoor might recommend a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test or a digital rectal exam (DRE). Both of these screening procedures work to determine your risk of prostate cancer.
If you’re a woman, Dr. Kapoor might recommend a Pap test or mammogram. A Pap test is a preventive screening used to determine your risk of cervical cancer. A mammogram, on the other hand, helps to detect breast cancer. Dr. Kapoor recommends that women between the ages of 21 and 65 get a Pap test every three years. He recommends women 50 and older get a mammogram annually.
There are no set rules for preventive screenings. However, to lower your risk of serious health problems, and to catch them early on, Dr. Kapoor recommends scheduling an appointment at North Houston Internal Medicine at least once a year. If you’re already living with a chronic condition or you have a family history of a chronic condition, Dr. Kapoor might recommend more frequent visits.
Preventive screenings can save your life and improve your health. Make an appointment at North Houston Internal Medicine by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.