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Preventive Medicine Specialist

J. Wesley Earley, MD, MBA -  - Direct Primary Care

Cornerstone Family Medicine

J. Wesley Earley, MD, MBA

Direct Primary Care located in Washington, NC

Preventive medicine keeps you feeling your best and can detect a variety of medical conditions before they cause potentially life-threatening complications. Family care physician J. Wesley Earley, MD, and the experienced team at Cornerstone Family Medicine offer annual physicals, immunizations, and a range of health screenings and educational resources to help you live your best life. To schedule an annual physical, well-woman visit, pediatric well-check, or another type of preventive care, call the office in Washington, North Carolina.

Preventive Medicine Q & A

What is preventive medicine?

Preventive medicine refers to medical practices designed to prevent disease and promote overall health and wellness. Preventive care services also provide early detection of many health conditions. A variety of severe medical concerns can be successfully treated when detected in the initial stages of the disease.

Which conditions can preventive care address?

Preventive care offers a wide range of benefits because it can prevent or detect early signs of numerous illnesses, some of which are potentially life-threatening. These conditions include:

  • High blood pressure 
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Hepatitis
  • Heart disease
  • Depression

If you suffer from a chronic illness, preventive medicine can detect changes in your condition, so Dr. Earley can adjust your medicine or recommend other steps to keep you feeling as robust and healthy as possible.

What is involved in preventive medicine?

Some of the preventive care services at Cornerstone Family Medicine are:

  • Annual physicals
  • Well-woman exams
  • Immunizations
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Cholesterol testing
  • Electrocardiograms (EKGs)
  • Lung function testing
  • Diabetes testing
  • Cancer screenings
  • STD screenings
  • Health coaching

Dr. Earley can perform preventive care services during your annual physical or any time you have concerns about your health. 

What happens during my annual physical?

Your annual physical provides you with an opportunity to ask questions and address any concerns you have about your health. It also allows Dr. Earley to give you information about staying healthy that’s customized to your age, medical history, and other variables that affect your overall wellness.

During your visit, Dr. Earley reviews your health history, asks specific questions about any new symptoms or ongoing conditions, and performs a comprehensive physical exam. This exam assesses:

  • Blood pressure
  • Pulse rate
  • Heart and circulation
  • Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
  • Stomach and digestive system
  • Reflexes
  • Muscle tone and strength

Dr. Earley also orders blood work to check for vitamin deficiencies, red blood cell count, signs of infection, cholesterol, and other concerns. He may request additional tests, depending on your individual needs. Your annual visit may also include flu shots and other immunizations.

Pediatric well-checks include vision and hearing screenings and assess your child’s growth, mental development, and emotional health. Routine vaccinations and flu shots can also be administered during a well-check.

To schedule a preventive care visit, call Cornerstone Family Medicine today.