Preventative Care Specialist

Cornerstone Primary Care -  - Primary Care Internal Medicine

Cornerstone Primary Care

Primary Care Internal Medicine located in Walnut Creek, CA

Preventive care helps you avoid the massive complications that occur with chronic illness and health emergencies. At Cornerstone Primary Care in Walnut Creek, California, preventive care is a priority of Ross Pirkle, MD, MS, and Anthony Bernens, MD. Check-ups, screenings, certain medications, and lifestyle recommendations are all important parts of preventive care that help ensure you a lifetime of good health. Call the membership-based practice today to learn how you can benefit from their preventive care support or schedule online.

Preventative Care Q & A

Why is preventive care important?

Major diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure, and cerebrovascular disease can be managed successfully when in the earliest stages. The four leading causes of death, namely heart disease, stroke, cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are caused by preventable, chronic diseases.

Poor nutrition and obesity put you at risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and thus heart disease. Smoking increases your risk of COPD and lung cancer. Obesity increases your chances of developing sleep apnea, some forms of cancer, and arthritis. At Cornerstone Primary Care, the team helps you reach a healthier weight, cease smoking, educate you about other substances that can affect your health, and improve nutrition choices. These steps reduce these risk factors and help prevent disease. 

Take care of your body so you preserve its function and health for the long-term. Cornerstone Primary Care’s providers help you live the healthiest life possible with early detection of illness, lifestyle changes, and medication support.

What is included in preventive care?

Preventive care is any medical intervention that strives to help you stay healthy and prevent serious illness. Much of today’s medical care is reactive, applied after you’ve fallen ill. Preventive care can help you catch health issues before they become catastrophic. Preventive care preserves your well-being, your quality of life, and your finances, so you avoid spending your life savings on long-term medical care.

How do regular physical exams prevent disease?

Regular physical exams at Cornerstone Primary Care involve a comprehensive look at your health history and any changes to your health. Many chronic illnesses, such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, have few – if any – outward symptoms until they reach a catastrophic level. Early detection at annual exams allows the doctors to help you get these issues under control so you avoid complications.

Regular physical exams also ensure you’re up-to-date with necessary screenings, such as Pap smears, colonoscopies, and mammograms. These screenings detect irregularities early before they develop into issues like cancer. 

Routine blood tests, such as cholesterol checks, can evaluate your risk for heart disease and inform you and the doctors as to medications or dietary changes you should make to preserve long-term health.

If you’re ready to take advantage of the preventive care services offered at Cornerstone Primary Care, call the office or schedule an appointment online.