Whether you need a routine checkup or screening procedure or need help with an injury or illness, it's good to have a primary care service on which to rely. Kristen Ducote, MD, of St. Luke's Healthcare and Wellness in Mid-City Baton Rouge, Mandeville, Abbeville, Denham Springs, and Lafayette, Louisiana, is an experienced primary care physician. Find out more about the services available by calling St. Luke's Healthcare and Wellness today, or booking an appointment online.
As one of the most comprehensive forms of medicine, primary care pairs patients with a family medicine physician who becomes their go-to provider for everyday medical issues and routine preventive care needs.
As primary care physicians who specialize in providing patient-centered care, the team at St. Luke's Healthcare and Wellness is specially trained to:
The team is also trained to recognize the early signs and symptoms of chronic illness, provide a timely diagnosis, and determine which treatment strategies are most effective.
Acute care is the area of primary care medicine that's dedicated to diagnosing and treating the kinds of short-term illnesses, abrupt symptoms, and minor injuries that require prompt medical attention.
The team at St. Luke's Healthcare and Wellness offers convenient acute care for patients affected by a wide range of common acute illnesses and conditions, including:
They also provide as-needed acute care visits for patients with minor allergic reactions and mild asthma attacks.
Disease management and acute care are just two of the three foundational pillars of primary care — the third, and arguably most important, is preventive care.
In meeting your everyday health needs, quality primary care also strives to keep your health risks in check and reduce your chances of developing a chronic illness like heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
The team at St. Luke's Healthcare and Wellness uses annual physicals, wellness checkups, screening tests, and patient-specific health screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies to uncover hidden risk factors and diagnose existing health conditions early on.
Having regular preventive care exams and screenings makes it easier to identify and manage a variety of potential health issues, including:
Finding and treating these common health problems before they have time to progress can help lower your chances of heart attack or stroke and keep you from developing full-blown diabetes or heart disease.
To learn more about primary care, call your nearest St. Luke's Healthcare and Wellness office today or click online to schedule a visit.