Preventive Care

Dominion Family Healthcare

Family Medicine & Aesthetics located in Reston, VA

Just like your car, your body responds well to preventive maintenance before things go wrong. Instead of oil changes and tire rotations, you have check-ups, vaccinations, and health education. Your partner in preventive medicine is Dr. Bijal Katarki of Dominion Family Healthcare in Reston, Virginia. She and her team can help you maintain good health and avoid many common health risks. Call the office today, or request an appointment online.

Preventive Care Q & A

What is preventive medicine?

Any time you visit Dr. Katarki, she’s on the lookout for conditions, symptoms, and signs of health problems above and beyond those that may have brought you to the office. As with so many aspects of life, little problems are easy to address before they become big problems.

Not only is preventive medicine a common-sense approach that all doctors use, it’s also a recognized medical specialty. Preventive medicine takes your health within the scope of your community as well as your life. Vaccinations are a great example. Not only do you protect your own health, the risks to those around you decrease as well.

A big key to preventive medicine is your education. Understanding your own body helps you make better choices when it comes to your health. It’s why Dr. Katarki takes the time to develop a comfortable office atmosphere as well as a one-on-one rapport with each patient. When you feel comfortable asking questions, no matter how sensitive, your health ultimately benefits.

What is an example of a preventive health service?

Cancer is a big health concern for many people, and rightly so, since many cancers, particularly those left untreated, can be fatal. However, the success rate for treatment of early detection is climbing each year. In some cases, precancerous cells can be detected and eliminated before malignancy occurs. This is one of the reasons women have Pap smears, to prevent the development of cancer of the cervix.

Smoking is another health risk that can be addressed with education and treatment. Addiction to nicotine is tough to break. Dr. Katarki has an arsenal of smoking cessation tools that can get you away from this dangerous habit. Even aspects of healthcare such as choosing the right form of birth control can have preventive implications for your long-term wellness.

Are preventive health services covered by medical insurance?

Yes, many of these are. Any health plan offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) must cover a specific list of preventive health services, without charging a co-pay amount. Even if your plan has a deductible, these services are included with no out-of-pocket cost to you. Covered preventive health services include, among many others, things like:

  • Flu shots
  • Diabetes screening
  • Blood pressure testing
  • Many immunization vaccines
  • Diet counseling
  • HIV screening