Primary Care in Dubuque
Many people seek medical attention once signs or symptoms of illness arise, but having a primary care provider, or PCP, can help prevent certain illnesses and keep you at your healthiest. Primary care providers have a common goal of helping people live well, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and prevent unnecessary life problems.
What is a Primary Care Provider (PCP)?
A primary care provider is the doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner who you choose to be your partner in managing your wellbeing. They are extremely knowledgeable about a variety of things, including most common diseases and conditions. In the event you need to see a specialist, your primary care provider can help coordinate that care for you. And because UnityPoint Health in Dubuque has many UnityPoint Clinic locations, you can stay close to home for this care.
What is a Relationship with a Primary Care Provider Like?
The most important thing a primary care provider is knowledgeable about is you. These providers know your health history, such as what medications you take, injuries you have, surgeries you have had, and more. Because primary care providers care for people throughout all stages of life, from birth to end of life care, you may have developed a relationship with your provider over many years. This is a provider you trust with your health and/or your family's health.
What Does a Primary Care Provider Do?
The primary care provider you choose will be the first person you see when receiving medical care. They will look at your overall health in order to note any changes in blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. To help measure these changes, you may need to undergo routine screenings such as physicals, mammograms, colonoscopies, and cholesterol and glucose tests. Your provider can guide you through these screenings.
An important part of overall wellbeing is making sure you have your current recommended vaccinations as a way of preventing certain illnesses. You may see your primary care provider for vaccines such as the flu shot. Preventative care such as this can mean that you have fewer trips to the hospital, saving you time and money.
Would you like to lose weight, increase your physical fitness, or quit an unhealthy habit? Whatever goals you may have, your primary care provider can help you reach them.
What do Primary Care Providers Specialize In?
Primary care providers specialize in many areas. At UnityPoint Health in Dubuque, we have providers in the following specialties:
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