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Family medicine is a specialty that provides regular, comprehensive care for each member of your family. With a family medicine provider by your side, your entire family can get the ongoing care you need from one location.
Allergies are actually an impressive display of your body's natural immune function. That said, it's hard to appreciate your innate immune function when faced with symptoms of an allergic reaction. Let us diagnose them for you.
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a test to evaluate heart problems. The test records electrical signals in your heart to check for abnormalities, such as arrhythmia (an abnormal heart rhythm) or blocked arteries. An EKG can also help determine if you have previously had a heart attack.
There are many different types of sexually transmitted diseases, some that are well known and others that you may never have heard of. Some of these sexually transmitted diseases include:
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- Bacterial Vaginosis
- Genital Herpes
- Pelvic inflammation
Ultrasounds are a type of imaging that use sound waves to create “pictures” of structures inside your body. This technology uses a handheld transducer to direct high-frequency sound waves at your body.
A Pap smear, also called a Pap smear, checks cells from a woman's cervix for signs of cancer. During a Pap test, her provider uses a special tool that gently removes cells from her cervix during a pelvic exam. They then send the cell sample to a lab for testing.
A prostate blood test, or PSA test, assesses a man's risk of prostate cancer. The prostate is a small gland, about the size and shape of a walnut, that produces seminal fluid to support and transport sperm.
Prostate cancer is common, but it grows slowly and is often confined to the prostate gland. Some forms, however, can be more aggressive and spread quickly. This can endanger other organs and even your life. More than 34,000 men die of prostate cancer each year.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a chronic health condition that affects the walls of blood vessels. Blood pressure measures the force of the blood against the walls of the blood vessels, which is highest when the heart beats. As those sound waves hit internal tissues, they bounce back and are picked up by the equipment. They are translated into images, giving a clear and precise view of your organs and other structures.
Diabetes is a long-term condition that occurs when blood sugar levels are too high. The condition develops when your body makes too little of the hormone insulin or doesn't use it efficiently. Insulin helps transport glucose (sugar) that your body uses for energy. Without insulin, sugar builds up in the blood, ultimately damaging the walls of the blood vessels.
When your body doesn't make insulin, type 1 diabetes can develop. Most people are diagnosed during childhood, but symptoms can develop later in life. If you have type 1 diabetes, you must inject insulin every day.
Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adults, but can also occur in children and adolescents. While anyone can get type 2 diabetes, lifestyle factors such as poor diet, excess weight, and inactivity significantly increase your risk.
Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women. Although the condition is temporary and usually resolves after birth, gestational diabetes can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
If your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, you may have prediabetes. Without treatment, prediabetes can turn into type 2 diabetes. That's why regular physical exams and blood tests are important steps in preventing chronic diseases, like diabetes.