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Why Keeping Open Lines of Communication with Your Doctor is Important

Why Keeping Open Lines of Communication with Your Doctor is Important

by Shearly (SU)
Your health is a precious commodity that is worth looking out for. Besides developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you should always keep the lines of communication open with your doctor so that you can proactively treat any issues that arise - before they become a bigger problem. Some people may feel embarrassed at telling their doctor things they deem personal, or asking medical questions, but the truth is that most doctors are more than happy to talk to their patients and answer questions about any health concerns they may have.

Benefits of Seeing a Hospitalist

Benefits of Seeing a Hospitalist

by Shearly (SU)
Many years ago, patients expected to see their doctors after being admitted to the hospital. Now, if you are hospitalized, you may, or may not be seen by your primary care provider. You are very likely to be treated, at some point, by a physician known as a hospitalist, who specializes in the treatment of patients during their hospital stay. Most hospitalists are board-certified internal medicine or family practice physicians, although others may have subspecialties such as emergency medicine, pulmonology (lung care doctors), renal (kidney) specialty, or pediatrics. Hospitalists can be employed by the hospital or, as is the case at Intercoastal Medical Group, your doctor may employ them directly. And, while you may wish to see your own doctor, there are certain benefits of seeing a hospitalist.

Reasons You Should Visit Your Cardiologist

Reasons You Should Visit Your Cardiologist

by Shearly (SU)
A cardiologist is a specially trained doctor who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and other heart-related, circulatory, and blood vessel conditions. Cardiologists undergo advanced training to care for the complex, powerful pump that is your heart.

Preparing for Breast Cancer Surgery

Preparing for Breast Cancer Surgery

by Shearly (SU)
The early spring day revealed a flawless blue sky. Birds were happily chirping, hopping from branch to branch. Christina gazed out the window, waiting for her husband to drive around with the car and pick her up. Oddly enough, the world seemed quite happy to continue spinning on, even though for her, everything had changed. The doctor’s words, “breast cancer” and “surgery,” hung in the air as they headed home holding hands in silence. Six months later, Christina was back at work and doing fine. Her advice to women preparing for breast cancer surgery?

Recovering from a Hernia Repair

Recovering from a Hernia Repair

by Shearly (SU)
Your body is not a machine which, after repair or replacement, can simply start up and run again. Although there is no standard or specific rule-set following a hernia repair, there are plenty of practical things you can do to ensure you heal as timely and as ideally as possible.

Intercoastal Medical Group: Family Medicine Practice

Intercoastal Medical Group: Family Medicine Practice

by Shearly (SU)
When it comes to your health and the health of your family, your primary care physician, or PCP, forms the foundation for your entire medical team. Family medical providers are primary care physicians who act as the point-person, treating your everyday healthcare needs, coordinating your care, and providing referrals to other specialists as needed.

5 Tips for Choosing Your Primary Care Doctor

5 Tips for Choosing Your Primary Care Doctor

by Shearly (SU)
A primary care doctor is your first line of defense when seeking treatment for illness or injury. A good primary care physician provides wellness care, screenings, immunizations, and treatment for non-emergency injuries and conditions. They also coordinate your overall care with other medical specialists, providing referrals when necessary. So how do you find a doctor that is right for you?

The Importance of An Annual Wellness Visit

The Importance of An Annual Wellness Visit

by Shearly (SU)
You see your doctor’s office phone number calling, and you know it’s a confirmation for your next visit. While it might be tempting to cancel your annual physical or wellness exam, or to not schedule one at all, you may want to reconsider. Having an annual physical and wellness exam is crucially important to your overall health.

Things You Should Tell Your Doctor During an Exam

Things You Should Tell Your Doctor During an Exam

by Shearly (SU)
When you are sick or getting a checkup from your doctor, it is easy to let something you may have noticed or had a question about slip your mind. Some people might also feel uncomfortable asking their physician a question because they are worried that they will sound silly or even stupid. In order to offer you the best possible care though, your doctor has to know what is going on. Besides which, no question is dumb. Most doctors want to answer your questions. After all, that’s why they became doctors. They like caring for people and part of that care is based on good communication.

Joint Replacement: What are Artificial Joints Made Out of?

Joint Replacement: What are Artificial Joints Made Out of?

by Shearly (SU)
Every day, people all over the world need to get some form of joint replacement. In the United States alone, a whopping one million people will have a total joint replacement procedure, and the numbers are expected to rise above four million per year in the next two decades. For an aging population coupled with more active lifestyles, precision-made replacement joints composed of specialized materials have created a surge in joint replacement surgeries.