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I'm not sick why should I be seen? The importance of Primary and preventive care.

Updated: Apr 1

When I started in health care in 2006 I quickly realized that preventive care was lacking. This was partially because people didn't have access to care, and partially because people didn't know they needed preventive care. Working in a busy emergency room I watched person after person come in with "no medical problems" having a heart attack, stroke, or issues with diabetes they didn't know they had.


In 2011, my first year working as a certified Nurse Practitioner I had a young man in his 20's that was on the kidney transplant list and dialysis because he had high blood pressure for years without knowing it. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a silent killer. People don't realize they have high blood pressure until they start to have complications from it.


As a primary care provider I help my patients prevent, manage and allow for early detection of chronic diseases and health problems. "Preventive services are more likely to be discussed when patients have an established relationship with an identified clinician" (1)


Per US Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for hypertension should be done every year for people over 40 or at risk for hypertension. Screening for people under 40 or no risk factors is every 3-5 years. (2)


Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure

  • Tobacco Use

  • African American Race

  • Being overweight or obese

  • Lack of physical activity

  • Too much salt in your diet

  • Stress

  • Family history of high blood pressure

  • Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 or 2 drinks a day)

  • Chronic medical conditions (diabetes, sleep apnea, kidney disease)

Life can get busy, making it hard for people to focus on themselves. It is important to take time for your health. The providers with QuickVisit Now can do a virtual primary care visit 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We can set you up for labs to be drawn at a lab close to you, can sent xray orders, referrals to specialists, and can get you set up with an in person provider if that is needed.


Reach out to us via email website or via phone 800-903-6184 to schedule your appointment with one of our providers. We are available to see people in Texas, Iowa, Alabama, Oregon, Colorado, Montana, Virginia, and Tennessee currently and several others in process.


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Our Author:

Kimberly Catlin is a Family Nurse Practitioner with QuickVisit Now. After serving in the US Marine Corps, she went to UT Tyler for her undergraduate degree, while going through the program she worked as an LVN. Upon completion of her BSN in 2006 she worked in the Emergency Room and ICU as a registered nurse. In 2011 she graduated with her Masters in Nursing and obtained her Nurse Practitioner license. She spent the next several years working family practice, internal medicine, pulmonary, sleep and critical care. In April of 2020, she started with QuickVisit Urgent Care in Henderson, Texas. She moved full-time to QuickVisit Now as a virtual medicine provider in November 2020. She was promoted to management and QuickVisit Now Coordinator in October 2021. With her years of experience, she enjoys providing evidenced based practice to all ages.

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