Preventative Healthcare Services Questions and Answers

Preventive Health Care involves routine check ups, regular patient counselling, self care and regular tests to prevent illnesses, diseases and other long-term health problems. Come to Women’s Healthcare of Illinois for Preventative Healthcare Services. For more information, call us or simply schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Evergreen Park IL, Mokena IL, Oak Lawn IL, Chicago Ridge IL, Hickory Hills IL, Bridgeview IL and Bedford Park IL.

Preventative Healthcare Services Questions and Answers
Preventative Healthcare Services Questions and Answers

Sometimes the best option for health isn’t curing the disease once it has become symptomatic but rather preventing its occurrence all together or catching it early before the worst of its symptoms negatively impact the life of a patient. These measures and precautions are bundled under the umbrella of Preventive Medicine, also known as prophylaxis. Working with your general practitioner on preventive medicine can have a positive impact on your life and help you be healthier and happier.

What are preventative services in Healthcare?

One of the main factors in the practice of preventive medicine is routine, which frequently means getting physical checkups when you feel healthy or are not showing any symptoms of disease or illness. This allows doctors to get a picture of a patient’s overall health and make recommendations towards actions the patient might take to prevent diseases or illnesses in the future. Frequently this involves a small degree of lifestyle counselling such as encouraging exercise, changes to diet and a reduction in alcohol consumption and smoking.

Regular screening and lab tests are also an important part of preventive healthcare. This allows your doctor to get an idea of what’s going on inside as well as outside as many diseases and illnesses that could have serious, long-term implications show themselves internally before they make themselves known externally. This includes tests like cholesterol screening and having general bloodwork done regularly so your doctor has regular results to analyze.

What are some examples of preventative healthcare?

Many weight related conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol conditions fall under the preventive healthcare umbrella. Often conditions like High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Related Heart Disease can be caught early and addressed before they become chronic, allowing you to avoid requiring regular medication or at worst needing lifesaving surgery. Obesity related illnesses are some of the most common and are the cause of many deaths in America today, however they are also some of the most preventable.

Regular screenings for some of the most common cancers such as mammograms are also a major form of preventive healthcare. Catching cancer early can make all the difference in treatment, allowing doctors to catch the disease before it starts to spread and threaten the life of the patient.

Lifestyle Counselling such as encouraging healthier eating, regular exercise habits and cutting down on consumption of unhealthy drugs such as tobacco or alcohol will often reduce the risk of associated illnesses. These measures can also help address some mental health issues such as depression and insomnia and can help your doctor assist in the treatment of these health issues should they become an impediment to a healthy life.

Vaccination is also one of the most effective and important forms of preventive care. Ensuring that you and your children have up to date vaccinations can help you avoid suffering from some common and in some cases life threatening conditions.

What lab tests are covered under preventative care?

Routine Blood Work and Cancer Screenings are the most common tests run as part of preventive medicine. Here at Women’s Healthcare of Illinois we perform our routine Well Woman Care which includes regular screenings for Breast and Ovarian Cancers, testing for Osteoporosis and regular testing for Diabetes. Additional lab tests for conditions such as gestational diabetes and anemia may be conducted as part of obstetrics as well.

Here at Women’s Healthcare of Illinois we believe that Preventive Medicine is a partnership between you and your doctor that can help you maximize your health and live a more comfortable life. Helping you achieve your health goals is important to us so please feel free to make an appointment with one of our expert physicians and look at how you can take advantage of preventive healthcare.

Women’s Healthcare of Illinois is here to help women live long and healthy lives. Are you looking to make better health decisions to improve your everyday life?

Our Women’s Healthcare Nurse Practitioners (WHNPs) empower women to make better health decisions and lifestyle changes that help prevent chronic disease and play an important role in preventative health care. Women’s healthcare nurse practitioners train with an emphasis in reproductive and gynecological health needs, and are the primary providers of bedside care for women and newborns. During your appointment, our WHNPs will identify risk factors and discuss poor health outcomes before they become debilitating to your health. Well-woman preventative care services include: regular check-ups, vaccinations against diseases, counseling, and screenings (routine and cancer screenings).

Nurse Practitioners Frequently Asked Questions

What is a women’s health nurse practitioner?

A women’s health nurse practitioner is a registered nurse (RN) who has an advanced education and clinical experience in women’s healthcare.

Women’s health nurse practitioners receive national certification, peer reviews, clinical outcome evaluations, and adhere to a code for ethical practices. Nurse Practitioners will continue self-directed professional learning development to ensure that professional standards are maintained. Training concentrates on holistic care for individual patients, families, and communities. WHNPs can have expertise in various specialties pertaining to women’s health including: obstetrics, gynecology, urogynecology, gynecologic oncology, infertility, and maternal/fetal medicine.

Who can benefit from seeking preventative care services?

Higher rates of chronic disease are found in racial and ethnic minorities, however, women of all ages, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations can benefit from preventative care services.

Why should I use a Nurse Practitioner?

Over 870 million visits are made to Nurse Practitioners every year. Women’s health nurse practitioners are more than just providers, they focus on individual women’s health promotion, education, and advocacy. WHNPs also deliver high-quality services at lower health care costs.