Screenings And Preventative Medicine Specialist

Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance Primary Care

General Internal Medicine located in Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Regular screenings are important for maintaining and evaluating your health. At Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance Primary Care in the Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, Ahmar Butt, MD, Lalasa Valasareddi, MD, and the team offer a variety of screenings and preventive medicine services to detect possible changes in your health. To schedule an appointment team, call or book online today.

Screenings and Preventative Medicine Q&A

What are screenings and preventive medicine?

Preventive medicine is a proactive approach to health care that aims to keep illness and disease at bay. Screenings play an essential role in preventive care. These medical tests check for signs of disease before you even show symptoms.

Health screenings and preventive medicine go hand in hand. They help doctors spot early signs of trouble so you can receive the care you need as soon as possible.

What are examples of screenings and preventive medicine?

There are numerous screenings that the team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance uses to assess your overall health, including screenings for:

  • Cholesterol 
  • Hepatitis B and C 
  • Lung cancer 
  • Obesity 
  • Depression 
  • STDs 
  • Blood pressure 
  • Type 2 diabetes 
  • Purified protein derivative (PPD) skin test for tuberculosis 

To avoid disease in the future and prevent any current ailments you have from progressing, it’s important to schedule annual physical exams at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance.

What is a physical exam in preventive medicine?

A physical exam is one of the most common preventive tools available to doctors. This medical health assessment is a comprehensive test that allows the team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance to evaluate your overall health at least once a year.

What happens during a physical varies depending on your age. During every exam, your provider records your height and weight, checks your medical history, asks questions about any symptoms you have, and measures your vital signs. These vitals typically include:

  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Temperature
  • Respiration rate

Your provider also tests your reflexes and listens to your heart and lungs before palpating your abdomen to make sure your organs feel as they should. 

If you have any concerns about your health or started taking a new medication, your physical is the time to talk to your provider about it.

Why are screenings and preventive medicine important?

Screenings and preventive medicine give your provider the full picture of your health. This allows them to identify potentially worrisome changes as early as possible. An early diagnosis is critical when treating disease.

For example, if the team notices that you’re showing signs of diabetes during your screenings and annual physical, you can begin treatment right away. Without treatment, however, diabetes can progress, causing neuropathy, vision problems, and kidney failure.

With regular health screenings and preventive medicine, you can continue to maintain your health as you age.

Call Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.