Preventive Medicine

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Preventive Medicine services offered in Tomball, TX

Preventive medicine is an excellent way to maintain and preserve your health long-term. At AGP Family Health Clinic in Tomball, Texas, Richard Pedroza, MD, can help you optimize your well-being with preventive care. Call the office or book a preventive medicine appointment online today to benefit from his experience in preventing illness and chronic disease.

What is preventive medicine?

Preventive medicine is an effective method of maintaining a healthy life. In many cases, chronic health conditions are preventable. Annual exams and routine physicals at AGP Family Health Clinic can alert you to health issues early on (when treatments are the most effective). 

Some of the leading risk factors for developing chronic disease include:

  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • An inactive lifestyle
  • Poor diet
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Chronic stress

You can reduce these risks with the help of AGP Family Health Clinic and their expertise in preventive care.

What happens during a preventive medicine consultation?

The first step in preventive medicine is to identify the problems that are increasing your risk of chronic disease. In addition to a comprehensive physical exam and review of your medical history, your provider might order further lab testing, such as: cholesterol screenings, electrocardiograms (EKGs), and echocardiograms.

Depending on what they find during these tests, your practitioner at AGP Family Health Clinic develops a preventive care plan to address specific health problems.

What treatments are available in preventive medicine?

AGP Family Health Clinic may recommend preventive medicine treatments, such as:

Nutritional and lifestyle counseling

High cholesterol from a poor diet is a common cause of cardiovascular disease. Your provider can help you make better food choices to support your body’s optimal functioning.

Your practitioner may also recommend lifestyle changes, such as reducing stress or quitting smoking. Smoking is a critical risk factor for heart disease as well as cancer and numerous other health problems. 

Medical weight loss

Being obese is a leading risk factor for heart disease and many other potentially life-threatening disorders, including Type 2 diabetes. Your practitioner can help develop a medical weight loss plan, allowing you to reach and maintain a healthy weight range. 

Medication therapy

In some cases, your provider might also prescribe medication to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 

To find out more about preventive medicine and how it can help you achieve better health, call AGP Family Health Clinic or book an appointment online today. The practice also offers telemedicine visits for preventive care.