The Importance of Preventative Care – Dr. David Long

The Importance of Preventative Care Summary

• Insurance companies may cover preventative care visits, including office visit for diet and medical history evaluation, as well as screenings such as breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer. 

• Additional screenings may include EKG, Spirometry, Chest X-ray and blood tests to check diabetes screening and cholesterol levels. 

• Ultrasounds of the carotid arteries, abdominal aorta and heart may also be performed to check for arterial blockage and evaluate the function of the heart muscle. 

• Eligibility must always be checked before any tests are performed to ensure insurance plans will cover services.

Full Text

Did you know that a lot of insurance companies offer a free yearly exam for various screenings as part of the preventive care visit. Today, I’ll go over screenings that your insurance company may cover. First insurance companies cover the office visit where we discuss diet interval, medical history, and screening recommendations, such as breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer. 

Other screenings that may be included are an EKG, which records the electrical signals through your heart to measure blood flow, as well as heart rate and rhythm information spirometry. This is a measure of lung function obtained by blowing into a particular medical device chest x-ray. 

This is a very useful screening tool to evaluate the lungs and the heart ans testing. This is an in-depth test of the nervous system and cardiovascular system. It’s useful to detect early nerve damage from diabetes or early peripheral vascular disease. 

It’s also effective to evaluate the cause of lightheadedness or fainting blood tests for diabetes screening and cholesterol levels, ultrasounds of the carotid arteries, the abdominal aorta, and the heart to check for arterial blockage, observe the valves of the heart and to evaluate the function of the heart muscle. 

Before we perform any tests, we always check eligibility to see if the particular insurance plan that a patient has, will cover these services.

 I’m Dr. David Long. That was the long story short.

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