While you may be inclined to equate “preventive” medical care with issues like a healthy diet and routine exercise, health screening tests are also invaluable tools in preventive care. Dr. Verretta Deorosan is a board-certified internal medicine specialist in the El Segundo neighborhood of Los Angeles, California who certainly wants you to continue with a healthy diet and routine exercise. But she can also recommend simple health screenings, such as routine blood pressure checks, that help keep you active and healthy. Contact the clinic today via the practice’s convenient online scheduling service for an appointment.
Many serious medical conditions begin with few symptoms and are relatively easy to treat in their initial stages. Once you develop symptoms, treatment methods lose their effectiveness and are often much more intense after a disease has progressed to the point of showing symptoms.
For example, untreated high blood pressure can cause heart attack, stroke, and kidney dysfunction. When caught early, elevated blood pressure often responds dramatically well to diet modifications, weight loss, and possibly a low dose antihypertensive medication.
It’s fairly standard to have your blood pressure checked every time you visit the doctor. Otherwise, Dr. Deorosan bases her recommendations for screening tests on your current health, age, gender, medical history and even family history when it includes conditions that tend to run in families, such as type 2 diabetes.
For instance, it’s often recommended women have screening cholesterol labs starting at age 45 and men at age 35. But if you smoke, have diabetes, or a family history of heart disease, screening can start as early as age 20.
Typical health screening tests may include:
As an internal medicine physician, Dr. Deorosan is well-equipped to treat you for numerous medical conditions, including elevated blood pressure, abnormal blood sugar levels, and increased cholesterol. She often requests additional testing to ensure the accuracy of the initial test. For instance, if your blood sugar is abnormal, she may request an A1c test which provides a measurement of your blood sugars over the past 2-3 months.
Other conditions may require referrals to other specialists, such as a mammogram showing a suspicious area or abnormal changes in the colon noted on colonoscopy. In these instances, Dr. Deorosan will coordinate those appointments and continue to communicate with you and the specialist as your treatment course moves forward.