Family Medicine Q & A
What is family medicine?
Family medicine encompasses comprehensive health care for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. Unlike medical specialties that focus on a particular organ or system in your body, family medicine integrates complete care for overall health and well-being.
Because of the wide range of patients and conditions family physicians treat, they require extensive training in many areas of medicine, including pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and internal medicine.
As experts in family medicine, our family medicine doctor, Dr. O’Heron, and her team provide a wide range of acute, chronic, and preventive medical care with a patient-centered focus.
What types of conditions does a family physician treat?
Dr. O’Heron and her team at Lifeboat Medical Associates provide personalized care to all patients across a full spectrum of conditions, including:
Acute conditions are illnesses and injuries that happen suddenly and last a short time. Dr. O’Heron and her team treat a variety of acute conditions, such as:
- Colds and cases of flu
- Strep throat
- Sprains and strains
- Broken bones
Chronic care management
Chronic conditions are long-lasting, or persistent illnesses that require ongoing care. Dr. O’Heron and her team help patients manage several types of chronic conditions, such as:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
What should I expect from a family physician appointment?
Whether you schedule an appointment for an annual physical or to receive treatment for an acute or chronic condition, you can expect individualized attention that focuses on improving your health.
Dr. O’Heron or a member of her team begins with a physical exam and a review of your medical history. The exam may include measuring your height, weight, and blood pressure as well as checking your heart rate.
The Lifeboat Medical Associates team also provides convenient, on-site allergy testing and STD testing for men and women. Dr. O’Heron is an expert on the human papillomavirus (HPV) and BRCA genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer.
Then, they recommend a treatment plan to best care for your unique situation. This may include counseling on lifestyle changes to help manage or prevent chronic health conditions or an individualized medication plan.
Lifeboat Medical Associates offers complete care for all your family medicine needs. Call the office or book online to schedule your appointment today.