When it comes to managing your health, your primary care provider (PCP) plays an important role.
Staying consistent with check-ups and appointments allows for preventive care, early detection of health issues, and effective management of existing conditions.
Making the most of the time you spend with your PCP during the appointment is important. One way to do this is by asking questions.
We had the opportunity to speak with Matt Jones, DNP, FNP-C, a provider at Wickenburg Community Clinics in Wittmann, to gather insights on three important questions to ask during your visit.
1. What wellness tests should I have?
Establishing a baseline through comprehensive blood tests including fasting blood sugar, cholesterol, liver function, blood pressure, and kidney function, in addition to a thorough review of your family’s medical history and previous medical tests is crucial.
The information from your lab work allows your PCP to identify any potential warning signs.
2. How often should I schedule an appointment?
There is no universal answer that applies to everyone. It depends upon your present health condition, medical history, and laboratory test results. If you have a chronic illness that requires ongoing management or are prediabetic, I may suggest that you have lab tests completed more frequently.
However, if you are in good health during your annual well visit, we will work together to determine the appropriate schedule for future appointments.
3. What are my blood sugar numbers?
Understanding your blood sugar numbers helps in the management of existing diabetes and serves as an indicator of prediabetic conditions. In the event of elevated numbers in your lab results, I can provide dietary guidelines and potentially prescribe medication to prevent prediabetes developing into diabetes.
4. What is my risk of developing heart disease?
Unfortunately, heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans.Often, individuals are unaware of their heart disease until experiencing a heart attack. This is why it is important to be familiar with your family’s medical history. It enables the assessment of your risk for heart disease and helps with appropriate planning for care.
In conclusion, getting the most out of your primary care provider appointment is key to maintaining your health and well-being. Open communication and active engagement in your healthcare can lead to better outcomes and a healthier future.
By asking important questions, you can gain a deeper understanding of your health status, potential treatments, and necessary lifestyle changes. The questions shared by Matt Jones provide a solid foundation for meaningful discussions with your PCP.
If you or a loved one has questions about available services at the Community Hospital Clinic in Wittmann or would like to schedule an appointment, call us at 928-668-1838.
We are committed to helping our patients achieve their goals and live their best lives.
The Community Hospital Clinic in Wittmann, located in the Nadaburg School District Office at 32919 Center St., Wittmann, AZ 85361, is now open 4 days a week. Monday through Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm.