1. What is Primary Care?

The term primary care refers to the kind of medical care you need first – before you get sick, before you need to see a specialist, before you need to go to a hospital.  With an emphasis on family practice and internal medicine, as your primary care providers at CENTRAL FLORIDA PRIMARY CARE we will address your essential health needs by: Focusing on prevention and screening, working closely with you to plan for your health acting as a hub for medical information with a comprehensive, accurate and secure storage of your records, coordinating your tests, treatments, specialist visits and hospitalizations, providing plain-spoken guidance, insight and advice, offering cost-effective solutions to better manage your health needs.  Whether you’re already in good health suffering from a minor cold or experiencing a life-changing illness, above all Primary Care Providers offer a continuity of your care.  In your quest to become and remain as healthy as possible, we are your partners for the long terms.

2. Does exercise help reduce the risk of stroke?

Exercising regularly enough to break a sweat can help lower your stroke and cardiovascular risk.  In a six year study of more than 27,000 people age 45 an older, researchers found that those who worked out at least four times each week were about 20% less likely to have a stroke than their couch potato counterparts.  Mainly by lowering your blood pressure, lowering your cholesterol and increasing blood flow to your organs helps reduce these risks.

3. Nutrition and weight loss counseling at CENTRAL FLORIDA PRIMARY CARE?

The importance of nutrition has been recognized since days of Hippocrates (400 BC), who famously said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine is thy food.” At CENTRAL FLORIDA PRIMARY CARE, we know that good diet and nutrition habits can lead to an improvement in overall health. Healthy diets can reduce the risk for chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and osteoporosis. Our independent certified nutritional consultants will work with you to understand your unique needs and create a personalized plan to help you achieve your lifestyle and health goals.

4. What is a normal blood pressure?

Blood Pressure should range between 120/60 - 140/80. This also depends on age, size, weight, sex and medical history.

5. How does insurance coverage work with lab tests?

Insurance plans vary, and your coverage depends on your specific policy. While most tests are covered by insurance, you may want to contact your insurance carrier to ensure coverage before having your test done. Fore self-pay patients we offer excellent discount costs for your blood testing needs.

6. Why do I need to fast before some lab tests?

Some tests are accurate only if you have been fasting before having your blood drawn. If your provider tells you that you need to fast before your tests, then you should not eat food or drink anything besides water for a minimum of 12 hours prior to the test. You may take medications during this time, and you should drink plenty of water in order to stay hydrated and help make your blood draw easier.

7. Does CENTRAL FLORIDA PRIMARY CARE offer flu shots?

Yes! During flu season, we offer flu shots on a walk-in basis, while supplies last. The vaccine is covered by most insurance plans. Alternatively, if you prefer not to bill insurance, the vaccine costs $25 out of pocket. Please check with your insurance provider if you have questions concerning your coverage.

8. What’s a normal blood sugar?

Anything below 100 is normal if you have sugars above 126, come and see us!

9. What’s a normal cholesterol?

Total cholesterol should be below 200.  Keep in mind there are other types/forms of “bad” cholesterol.  Come see us to check your numbers.

10. How about mental and behavioral health?

Everyone has ups and downs in their everyday life, but if your feelings are getting in the way of your work or relationships, it’s a good idea to speak to us. Although we are not psychiatrists we are knowledgeable in the treatment and care of many mental conditions.

11. What health plans do we accept?

Aetna, Avmed, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beechstreet, Care Plus, Cigna, Florida Hospital, Freedom, Great West, Humana, Medicare, Optimum, Simply, United Healthcare, Wellcare, and many others – please call our offices at:  407-478-0028 or 407-781-0088 for more information.

12. What are some of our recommendations to you? Love yourself!

Avoid excessive alcohol intake. Maintain a healthy weight. Drink plenty of water. Exercise regularly. Stop smoking. Visit your doctor at least once a year. Visit your dentist at least once a year. Check your blood pressure. If you are a male over 40 years of age have your prostate once a year. If you are a female over 40 years of age have a mammogram done once a year. Have your colon checked once every 5 to 10 years. It is advised for females 65 and older every two years to get a bone density test. We also recommend vaccinations such as; pneumonia and shingles for specific populations. We encourage our patients 50 years and older to have yearly eye exams. This and many more aspects of prevention can be discussed with any of our providers during your future visits with our office.