One of the most important relationships you should have is the one you share with a primary care physician (PCP). The PCP is the professional you see for most of your health care needs. He or she has been trained to:
- Care for patients from infants to the elderly.
- Focus on your overall health.
- Make sure you get preventive care, such as immunizations and screenings that can detect problems early.
Whether you are sick or well, your PCP should always be the person that knows the most about your health history. This will help prevent potentially serious problems like medication errors.
You should visit your PCP regularly to make sure you understand your health. You can learn numbers important to your overall health, like target weight, current and ideal body mass index (BMI) number, cholesterol level and blood pressure.