Five reasons to make a well-visit appointment

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Dr. Ibad Farooqui a Family Medicine provider with Lutheran Health Physicians. Photo provided by The Lutheran Health Network.

Lutheran Health Network news release reminding you to take care of your healthcare needs and make a well-visit appointment.

Five Reasons To Make That Well-Visit Appointment

Fort Wayne, Indiana (March 16, 2021) If you’ve put off seeing your doctor for fear of catching or spreading the COVID-19 virus, Ibad Farooqui, MD, a Family Medicine provider with Lutheran Health Physicians, wants you to know it’s safe and important to make and/or keep this appointment.

Precautions for your safety include enhanced cleaning of commonly touched surfaces; minimal visitors in waiting areas; social distancing in all settings; masking of all patients and providers; screening clinic staff during shifts and asking that only one person accompany a patient into a provider’s office. For certain types of appointments, a telehealth visit is also an option.

“Our patients and community deserve safe and personalized care,” said Farooqui. “Our offices and clinics have adapted and we pride ourselves on maintaining our patients’ health. An ongoing relationship with a trusted provider can help you optimize your long-term care.”

Here are five reasons to make an appointment for your next well-visit or check-up without delay.

  1. Check on your general health. The clinic has a record of your health parameters such as cholesterol, blood sugar, weight and others. If any numbers are trending in the wrong direction, your provider can help you make a plan to get back on track with lifestyle changes, diet or medical treatment.
  2. Manage chronic conditions. Ongoing medical concerns, whether diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or others require regular monitoring by a provider to keep them from progressing to life-threatening levels. Regular check-ups can help you avoid a medical crisis.
  3. Identify issues early with routine screenings. The practice keeps records of your screening exams to help you remember when it’s time to get your colonoscopy, mammogram, bone density test, prostate exam and other screenings. Early identification of many illnesses can give you the most options for treatment and better outcomes.
  4. Stay current on vaccinations for your protection. While you’re hearing plenty of news about the COVID-19 vaccine, there are other vaccinations to prevent disease as your immune system weakens over time. Annual flu vaccines and a tetanus vaccine every 10 years, as well as shingles and pneumonia vaccines, are all proven ways to safeguard your health and shouldn’t be neglected.
  5. Keep prescriptions updated. Bring a full list of your medications, including any over-the-counter medication, so your provider has a complete picture of what you’re taking. An annual review can identify possible side effects or medication conflicts.

If you need a primary care provider, call (833) 546-4968 or go online to find a physician or advanced practice provider with Lutheran Health Physicians.


About Lutheran Health Network
The foundation of Lutheran Health Network is built on an experienced team of more than 6,600 employees working together with more than 800 physicians and advanced practice providers. The network’s more than 100 access points in northeastern Indiana include acute care hospitals, specialty hospitals, physician offices, urgent care clinics, and outpatient centers. For more, visit Dupont, Lutheran, Rehabilitation, St. Joseph and The Orthopedic hospitals are owned in part by physicians.

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