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Preventive Medicine

Rhode Island Medicine

Internal Medicine located in Woonsocket, RI & Pawtucket, RI

Part of managing your wellness is taking care to prevent illness or injury from striking in the first place. At Rhode Island Medicine, the team of internal medicine specialists headed up by Irfan Ahmad, MD, takes a holistic and integrated approach to your health care that emphasizes preventive care. Make an appointment to receive patient-centered medical support with a focus on preventive medicine by calling the Woonsocket or Pawtucket, Rhode Island, offices or requesting an appointment online.

Preventive Medicine Q & A

What is preventive medicine?

Preventive medicine focuses on maintaining good health throughout the course of your life. Chronic illness, sicknesses, and injury take a serious toll on your mental, emotional, and physical health. It undermines your well-being, including the quality of your relationships and your ability to work. 

Preventive medicine involves taking steps while you're healthy to ward off ill health. It’s distinct from sick care in that it’s not reactive to symptoms, but, instead, prevents symptoms from arising in the first place.

What care is included as part of preventive medicine?

The providers at Rhode Island Medicine offer many tools that discourage the onset of chronic health issues and keep you well. These include recommended, age-appropriate screenings, Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (AWVs), and annual physicals. 

Interventions that are an integral part of preventive care include:

Well-woman visits and Pap smears

  • Men’s health screenings
  • Mammograms
  • Colonoscopies
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Care coordination among your providers
  • Medication management
  • Blood sugar and cholesterol screening

Your recommended preventive care changes over the course of your life and depends on your personal and family health history, your lifestyle, and other risk factors.

What are the benefits of preventive medicine?

You want a medical team, like the one at Rhode Island Medicine, that is interested in you as a whole person and works to preserve your overall health and wellness.

Preventive medicine visits help you develop a relationship with the providers at Rhode Island Medicine so you feel comfortable reaching out with any health concerns. You have peace of mind that your medical team is there for you and has your best interests at heart. 

Preventive medicine screenings and visits may feel inconvenient, but their impact on your life is minimal compared to what would happen were you to develop a chronic condition or serious illness. These visits save you the hassle, expense, and pain in the future.

Even if you’re diagnosed with an illness or condition during preventive care, it’s much easier to treat and manage when intervention occurs early, before complications set in. 

To schedule your preventive medicine screenings and physical, call Rhode Island Medicine today or use the online tool to book.