Below are some general health guidelines to keep top-of-mind to help maintain your good health.
- Keep up-to-date on your physicals and lab work.
- Know your family history of diseases. These facts may change the testing and preventive care that you need. Specific diseases to be aware of are: heart attacks, colon cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, thyroid cancer and osteoporosis.
- Have a treadmill stress test for screening blockages in the arteries of the heart if you are at high risk (smokers, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, family history of heart disease). Begin screenings at age 40 -45 and periodically thereafter.
- Take low dose coated aspirin every day to help lower your risk of heart disease
if you are:
- Man 40+ years old
- Postmenopausal woman
- Younger person who has these risk factors: smokes, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, family history of heart disease
Ask us before starting to be sure it is recommended for you. Take coated aspirin to prevent irritation and bleeding in the stomach. DO NOT take if you have a history of bleeding ulcers or other serious gastrointestinal disease.
- We offer flu vaccine beginning in October. You don’t need an appointment, just come in.
- You should be screened for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) if you are sexually active, especially if you are between 15-30 years old. We screen for chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends men and women under 26 years old be screened specifically for chlamydia since the infection has no symptoms and can cause infertility if left untreated.
- Don’t let allergies control your life and health. Allergies are very common in North Texas. If they are having a negative impact on your quality of life, we can help with medications or allergy testing and shots.