Preventative Primary Care

Patel Aesthetics

Niki Patel, MD, PC

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician located in New York, NY & Bronx, NY

As a board-certified primary care physician, Niki Patel, MD is dedicated to providing excellent preventive medicine services to adults in and around Suffern and the Bronx, New York. At Patel Aesthetics, Dr. Patel helps prevent health problems before they start with routine physical exams and screening tests. For comprehensive primary care with a focus on disease prevention, call Dr. Patel or book an appointment online.

Preventative Primary Care Q & A

What is preventive primary care?

Preventive primary care emphasizes healthy lifestyle choices that help to prevent disease and disability and prolong your life. As a primary care physician, Dr. Patel is a specialist in preventive medicine and committed to helping you achieve optimal health.

Dr. Patel encourages you to take advantage of his preventive primary care services, such as:

  • Annual check-ups
  • Blood tests and health screenings
  • Immunizations

Why are routine check-ups important?

Even if you feel healthy, regular physical exams can increase your chances of fighting disease and living a longer, happier life. By visiting Dr. Patel for annual check-ups, you establish a strong doctor-patient relationship that allows him to understand the care you need.

Regular checkups also provide Dr. Patel with a record of information that can make it easier to notice any changes in your physical appearance, vital signs, or behavior that may signal an underlying problem.

Early detection is key to overcoming many potentially dangerous health problems. Depending on your age and risk factors, Dr. Patel may suggest certain health screenings or preventive primary care services, such as:

  • Blood pressure measurements
  • Cholesterol level checks
  • Blood sugar tests
  • Recommended immunizations
  • Counseling on weight loss

What happens during a routine check-up?

First, Dr. Patel performs a comprehensive physical exam and thoroughly reviews your medical history. He may ask questions about your lifestyle habits, such as cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, diet, and exercise.

He measures your height and weight to make sure your body mass index is within a healthy range. If not, he may advise you on options for weight loss.

Then, he checks your vital signs, including:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Temperature
  • Respiration rate

He evaluates your general physical appearance and may check for signs of skin cancer. He checks your head and neck, including your glands, throat, teeth, sinuses, and inside your ears. Then, he listens to your heart and lungs through a stethoscope.

Depending on your needs, Dr. Patel may take additional tests, such as urinalysis or blood work, to screen for early signs of disease.

If you’re looking for a primary care physician committed to preventive medicine, call Dr. Patel or book an appointment online today.