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Preventative Healthcare Specialist

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Health First Primary Care

Primary Care & Internal Medicine located in Tampa, FL

Far too many people only come to see their doctor once a serious issue arises, an approach that fails to take advantage of all that preventive health care has to offer. At Health First Primary Care in Tampa, Florida, Gisela Vargas, MD, offers outstanding preventive health care services and strives to incorporate preventive health into each and every patient interaction. Schedule your appointment online or over the phone today.

Preventative Healthcare Q & A

What is preventive health care?

As the name implies, preventive health care is an area of medical practice focused on preventing disease. But preventive health care goes far beyond this simple focus. Medical professionals who embrace preventive health can help you reach new levels of vitality, production, performance, and wellness. 

Health First Primary Care also takes an integrative health approach that looks at all aspects of your life in connection to your health. Giving attention to your mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness can make a world of difference in your physical health. 

What role do screenings play in preventive health?

Screenings are an essential component of preventive health. After all, you can’t improve your health without a clear understanding of how well your organs and systems are functioning. Screenings provide insight that can guide your health and wellness journey. 

Some of the health screenings that may be included in preventive health visits include:

  • Colon cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood sugar
  • Depression
  • Skin check
  • STD testing
  • Genetic testing for certain cancers
  • Cholesterol


These are just some of the basic health screenings you’ll have as you move through the phases of life. Routine blood work is a central part of the process, and your results are tracked in your personal health record and used to identify trends over time. 

It is not uncommon for routine screenings to reveal an area of concern that prompts another round of more in-depth health tests. Be sure to follow through on those screenings and work to create treatment plans as needed. 

How can I support my own preventive health care?

Aside from scheduling and showing up for preventive health visits, the number one thing you can do to support your health is to take an active role in your own journey. This includes coming in with details about your personal and family health history, sharing information about all medications and supplements you’re taking, and discussing issues of concern. 

You should view your relationship with your primary care physician as a partnership. Even the best doctor is limited in what he or she can do to improve your health. Once your visit ends, you take the reins, and the choices you make will have a direct impact on your health and wellness.

At Health First Primary Care you have access to a team of professionals who are here to guide and support you as you move through the phases of life. Take advantage of that resource by booking an appointment today. 

Online scheduling is one option, or you can always call the office to check appointment availability.