Preventive Care Specialist

Allina Health Apple Valley

Medical Center located in Apple Valley, MN

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of the population in the United States has been diagnosed with a health condition that’s deemed preventable. This extraordinary statistic underscores the importance of good preventive care, which is what the Apple Valley Medical Center in Apple Valley, Minnesota, provides to every member of your family. To keep from becoming a part of this statistic, call to book an appointment.

Preventive Care Q & A

What is preventive care?

Preventive care is a broad concept that involves any steps you take that help you monitor your health and risk factors, catching problems before they become chronic issues. The best way to do this is to partner with healthcare providers, such as those found at the Apple Valley Medical Center, who keep an ongoing record of your medical history and help you navigate your health, always staying one step ahead, wherever possible.

From nutrition counseling to regular screenings, your healthcare provider helps you map your health, concentrating on areas that may need a little more attention, while maintaining your health in areas that don’t.

What are examples of preventive care?

To give you an idea of the kinds of preventive care that help you stay on top of your health, here’s a list of the most common preventive care tools:

  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Cholesterol screening
  • Vaccinations
  • Alcohol or drug misuse screening
  • Obesity screening
  • Screening for sexually transmitted infections
  • Cancer screenings, such as breast, colon, or lung
  • Diabetes testing

This list is by no means a comprehensive list. Any step you take, from eating your vegetables to keeping up with your annual physical exams, is considered preventive care.

How can preventive care help?

Approximately 50 percent of people in the United States have a medical condition that could have been avoided with the proper preventive care. Seven out of 10 deaths in the United States are caused by chronic diseases -- diseases that are either preventable, or more easily managed if the provider catches them early enough.

For example, when it comes to your heart health, a simple blood pressure and cholesterol check at Apple Valley Medical Center gives you a clear idea about whether you’re at risk for heart disease. Based on the results of these basic tests, the providers recommend tweaks to your diet and your lifestyle, which can have a great effect, even reversing your risk.

Early screenings for cancer also are highly effective in catching the disease with enough time for the providers to effectively treat, and even cure, it.

One of the most effective tools in the preventive care arsenal is a vaccination. From early childhood immunizations to annual flu shots, vaccinations prevent a host of contagious and dangerous diseases from hijacking your health.

To get started on comprehensive, preventive care, call the Apple Valley Medical Center.