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Do You Have a Primary Care Doc?

Written on February 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm , by

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Here’s a dirty secret from your resident health editor: for more than a decade, I didn’t go to a primary care doctor. I got yearly checkups from my ob/gyn and figured, since I was young and healthy, that was enough.

It’s a common practice among young women—but one that is putting our heart health at risk, I learned today at a Mayo Clinic-sponsored panel discussion of leading heart health experts.

Regular physicals are important, even if you feel fine, for detecting risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and even young, fit women are at risk.

I finally got myself a primary care doc a couple of years ago. Now, before my next visit, I’m going to print out this list of questions to ask about heart health from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Do you have a primary care doc on your health team?

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  • http://Sparkpeople.com Patricia Lowther

    In the US any woman in my area who asks for a physical will get mostly a gyn and Pap examination. Most PC’s allow only 15 minutes a visit. I used to get a complete overhaul physical in the past, they have no time any more. Its best to establish your own TEAM and insist any results go to your PC and yourself. That inludes xrays and blood work. I have found often blood work results do not get to other Drs so I take them along myself. With all the talk of connected hopitals my DR cannot access other providers elecronically so for now I am the catalyst. Pat in Maine.

  • Wendy

    I specifically see my PCP annually, and I schedule my gyn annual exam separately, with an OB/GYN specialist, so that when I see my PCP, I don’t have to waste any of my allotted time doing the “female exam.” I am my own advocate, though: I request the annual lipid and fasting cholesterol profile prior to seeing my PCP, so that we can spent some of my annual visit discussing the results and whether I need further tests or follow-up.

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