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Preventative Medicine

Preventive medicine strategies are typically described as taking place at the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary prevention levels. In addition, the term "primal prevention" has been used to describe all measures taken to ensure fetal well-being and prevent any long-term health consequences from gestational history and/or disease. The rationale for such efforts is the evidence demonstrating the link between fetal well-being, or "primal health", and adult health. Primal prevention strategies typically focus on providing future parents with: education regarding the consequences of epigenetic influences on their child, sufficient leave time for both parents, and financial support if required. This includes parenting in infancy as well.

Simple examples of preventive medicine include hand washing, breastfeeding, and immunizations. Preventive care may include examinations and screening tests tailored to an individual's age, health, and family history. For example, a person with a family history of certain cancers or other diseases would begin screening at an earlier age and/or more frequently than those with no family history.

Heritage Medicine advises patients to make and keep regular appointments for ongoing health matters. Here are some of the procedures and examinations that are recommended:
  • Annual comprehensive physicals and regular check-ups,
  • Regular exams including blood work to check hormone levels
  • Screening tests (for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis),
  • Cancer detection tests (for colon, prostate, breast, cervical, testicular),
  • Routine immunizations like TETANUS, PERTUSSIS & DIPTHERIA (up-date every 10 years),
  • Travel Vaccines,
  • Flu shots and pneumococcal shots are strongly advised for over 50s and those with certain medical conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure or diabetes,
  • Shingles Vaccine is now recommended for patients over 60 years of age.

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Birmingham, AL 
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