Navigating Our Health: Top 5 Reasons to Visit A PCP
Top 5 Reasons to Make an Appointment
As a Nurse Navigator at Beebe Healthcare, I get asked all sorts of questions. However, one of the most common questions people ask is why they should have a primary care physician. Here are my top 5 reasons why you should have a PCP and when you should see your primary care:
- You are sick. One of the main reasons people see their doctor is because they are having a problem. Whether it is a cold that won’t go away, a new rash, or seasonal allergies, it is important to see your PCP when something is wrong.
- For a yearly physical or check-up. As important as it is to see your PCP when you’re sick, it is important to see them when you are well, too. A yearly visit gives your provider a chance to get to know you, your family history and address any risk factors you may have for certain diseases.
- You have a question about your health. Any time you have a concern about your health, it is important to make an appointment to discuss it with your primary care provider. Taking charge early often leads to better outcomes!
- You are feeling a little blue. According to the CDC, depression affects over 25 percent of adults in the United States. If you think you or a family member may be suffering from depression, make an appointment with your primary care provider. They can help connect you to other mental health resources.
- You have a chronic medical problem that needs monitoring. Chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, or asthma (just to name a few) require monitoring by your PCP and/or specialist to evaluate the progression of the disease. Healthcare professionals monitor disease progression by performing labs, imaging, or other tests. These diagnostic tools help guide your healthcare provider in what treatment plan is best for you. Those treatment plans may change as the disease changes. For example, the medication you have taken for years to control your high blood pressure is no longer working. You now require a new or additional medication to keep your blood pressure within normal range. It is important to follow-up with your provider on routine intervals as recommended by your provider.
Carrie Snyder, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, is Beebe’s Women's Health Nurse Navigator. She can help answer your questions about pregnancy, labor and delivery at Beebe, classes offered, surgery options, and more. She can also discuss health and wellness topics, as well as help you locate the appropriate doctor or healthcare provider.
To reach Carrie on the Women’s Health Navigator line, call TOLL-FREE (844) 316-3330 or email [email protected].