New Year, New Primary Care Doctor

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Published on December 20, 2018

New Year, New Primary Care Doctor

Photo of doctor and nurse with patient

Photo of doctor and nurse with patientThe New Year just rolled in and many people have set goals to accomplish in 2019. Health and wellness goals are on the top of many priority lists during this time.

“While eating a well-balanced diet and working out for at least a total of 150 minutes broken into interval of four to five times a week, is an important factor to staying healthy,” says Andrew Chao, DO. “It is also important to select a primary care physician and stay up to date with annual wellness checks.”

Now that the New Year is here, it is a good time to choose a primary care physician and schedule your annual checkup.

Why are wellness checks so important?

Annual wellness exams can help detect problems before they begin. Keeping up with wellness checks is a great way to stay on top of your overall health. Physicians will schedule lab work to be done as well as examinations based on your health needs, and will keep records of your information on file to compare results over time. Weight, height, blood pressure and cholesterol are some of the common items physicians measure during your exam. A sudden difference in any of the items measured can detect a health issue or concern, which your physician will review with you. If you keep to your annual exam schedule, you will eventually build a healthy relationship with your primary care physician where you will most likely feel comfortable addressing any health concerns.

Where can I choose a primary care physician?

Depending on your insurance you will have access to certain health plans and doctors. Be sure to talk to your insurance provider to ensure you are selecting physicians within your network. Residents in or near the Los Angeles County, San Gabriel Valley or Orange County areas who have access to the PIH Health network can visit: to select a PIH Health physician. PIH Health has many different physicians to choose from to meet your medical needs, and you can even schedule an appointment online.

Don’t wait any longer to make your health and wellness a priority. Choose a primary care physician with PIH Health Physicians, and schedule your wellness check appointment today!

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.