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The Importance of Primary Care

The Importance of Primary Care

Primary care physicians are important for everyone, perhaps more so for you as a woman. Primary care represents a proactive and preventive approach to your health and its management, allowing for familiarity between patient and doctor that provides dividends beyond those that walk-in and urgent care facilities can provide. 

Gul A. Zikria, M.D. provides primary care for his OB/GYN patients as well as his specialties in menopause, infertility, and cosmetic surgery. You gain the perspective of an experienced and versatile practitioner. Dr. Zikria also provides primary care for men, so any adult can benefit from his knowledge and expertise. 

Defining primary care

The modern-day “family doctor,” a primary care physician is a medical generalist who is typically the main point of contact between a patient and the medical community. Providing comprehensive care including preventive medicine as well as acute and chronic conditions, a primary care physician typically has a broad base of education, residency, and experience. 

Dr. Zikria is also your medical advocate, connecting you with the medical specialties you need when problems arise. Referring you to specialists and therapists is an important part of health management, and a primary care physician is well-placed to coordinate care, since they are familiar with your overall health picture as well as your (and even your family’s) medical history. 

Continuity of care

It’s that familiarity that proves the value of primary care. With an ongoing perspective of your health and how it changes over time, a primary care physician like Dr. Zikria may be attuned to your health in ways you can’t see yourself. 

Many health conditions come on gradually, so slowly that you’re not aware your body is changing. A primary care physician is often able to catch changes during regular well visits, precursors to later stages of disease. 

You, as a patient, develop a personal relationship with your primary care physician and over time, things that may be embarrassing to discuss with a stranger are easier to bring up with Dr. Zikria. Respect, caring, and trust are difficult to establish with the practitioners of a walk-in clinic, since you may see different faces each time you visit. 

Patient education

Your primary care physician is also an educator, helping you to understand and grasp health issues as they relate to you and your body. This may be part of a change of life, like adolescence or menopause, or it may become necessary when you’re managing a chronic health condition, such as arthritis or diabetes. You can discuss topics like options for treatments and medications, or how lifestyle changes may affect your health. 

Of course, you can draw on Dr. Zikria’s specialty knowledge, such as when you’re having difficulty conceiving a child or if you’re considering a cosmetic procedure. 

A medical practice often develops its culture around the personality of the physician. A visit to the office of Gul A. Zikria, M.D. reflects the patient-oriented focus of Dr. Zikria himself. Call 408-290-8289 to make a primary care appointment with Dr. Zikria and our team today. 

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