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By Blackhawk Medical Group
November 29, 2021
Category: General Health
Tags: Screening Test  

There are a wide variety of screening tests available to address medical issues. Working with your physician on what tests are indicated can greatly contribute to your overall health. The bottom line is that screening for medical problems, especially early on, will help your team of medical professionals prescribe pharmaceuticals, and possible dietary and/or lifestyle changes that can improve your health and life. Blackhawk Medical Group performs important screening tests in Danville, CA, and works with you on interpreting the results.

If you notice any changes in your health that are concerning, consulting with a physician on an appropriate regimen of screening tests can determine if you are facing serious health issues that need to be addressed. Many screening tests can identify medical issues that can be easily treated with medication, like hypertension, high cholesterol, anemia, or some sexually transmitted diseases. Screening can also offer early detection of cancer or auto-immune disorders, which means faster medical intervention leading to a better rate of success for treatment. 

Where Do I Start?

The best way to determine the proper screening tests in Danville, CA, is to develop a relationship with your physician and always mention any changes in sleeping or eating habits, unexpected weight gain or loss, and any changes in how you feel that has been persistent and feels abnormal. Your doctor will begin an assessment that could include blood tests. One of the reasons to see a physician regularly is to develop a baseline for many of the areas measured in a blood test: glucose levels, white and red blood cell information, or cholesterol, to name a few. This allows your physician to see changes in your levels and may indicate when additional screening tests are needed.

Blackhawk Medical Group performs screening tests in Danville, CA, and offers a full range of health services for your family. We offer physical exams through our family medicine practitioners and also provide pediatric services. Our walk-in clinic is here for more urgent matters that need to be addressed before your next routine exam. Call us at (925) 736-7070 to schedule an appointment for an exam or a consultation to determine the need for any possible screening tests. 

By Blackhawk Medical Group
August 16, 2021
Category: General Health
Tags: Walk-In Clinic  

Are you suffering from a sudden illness and don't know where to go? Whenever you have an unexpected illness or injury and don't have any scheduled appointment, the qualified physicians in the Danville, CA, walk-in clinic of Blackhawk Medical Group can help. For more serious illnesses and injuries, We also offer a wide range of services for patients with appointments in our main office.

A walk-in clinic is a clinic that accepts patients on a walk-in basis and without the need for appointments. Inside the walk-in clinic, many healthcare providers from different medical areas can be found. When you first enter the clinic, our providers will take your personal information, and then they will assess your medical problem. The services that we provide at our walk-in clinic in Danville, CA, include the following:

  • Evaluating symptoms of cough, cold, flu, sore throat, and allergies
  • Treating minor physical injuries
  • Providing vaccinations and shots

What are the benefits of walk-in clinics?

Walk-in clinics offer different advantages for patients, making them a desirable option for healthcare seekers. The following are some benefits of these clinics:

  • Walk-in clinics provide urgent care: without having an appointment, you can enter the walk-in clinics whenever you need healthcare, and you will get the desired treatment
  • Walk-in clinics have a minimal waiting time: waiting times in these clinics are significantly less than that of the emergency department. Also, the walk-in clinics have played a significant role in freeing up the emergency department to treat life-threatening cases.
  • Walk-in clinics provide consistent and appropriate care for your acute illness at affordable costs

Contact us

Come and see our primary care physicians at Blackhawk Medical Group's walk-in clinic in Danville, CA. Visit us at any time without an appointment or call (925) 309-2700 for inquiries. You can also call (925) 736-7070 to book an appointment in our main office.

Modern medicine offers a great variety of specialized treatments so you can find care for all sorts of conditions, but navigating this whole medical system can be difficult to do on your own. It can be especially hard if something is already wrong. So having someone you can turn to for guidance, as well as prevention, is very important. To learn more about all the ways that a primary care physician can be of help contact the professionals of Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA.

The Benefits of Knowledge

It's a mistake to try to find a doctor only once you are already sick or injured. You can always find care in an emergency room, but those visits should be reserved for severe ailments. But sometimes deciding what is or is not an emergency can be difficult.

A primary care physician will not only help you make that decision when you may suspect it, but there may be times when you may not be aware of how severe your symptoms really are. Other symptoms might be easy for your doctor to treat right then and there during a visit.

What makes your primary care doctor so necessary for these decisions, is that typically this is a doctor you go to on a regular basis who is aware of your medical history.

These checkups are key to maintaining your health and keeping surprises to a minimum. They become much more essential if you suffer from a chronic disease, such as diabetes or heart disease, among others. This is also the case the older you become, and it is usually at about the age of 50 that screenings for certain cancers and the aforementioned chronic illnesses need to begin to take place on a regular basis.

Primary Care Physician in Danville, CA

If you don't already have a primary care physician it may be time to consider having one. To explore your options, make an appointment with your local Danville, CA, experts of Blackhawk Medical Group by dialing (925) 736-7070 for the main office and (925) 309-2700 for the walk-in clinic location.

By Blackhawk Medical Group
December 30, 2020
Category: General Health
Tags: Immunizations  

Maybe you are about to teach abroad, start a new school, or need boosters. Getting immunizations doesn’t need to be a headache. Blackhawk Medical Group serves Danville, CA, by providing immunizations so that you have the most up-to-date records possible.

According to the CDC, the most common immunizations provided are:

  • Pertussis
  • Diphtheria
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis A, B, C
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Influenza
  • Tetanus
  • Zoster
  • Pneumococcal

This list is not exhaustive; sometimes, a patient will need another kind of vaccine due to travel or work expectations -- for example, anthrax. Maintaining good immunization records is handy for work, school, and vacation to other countries.

What if I can not find my immunization record?

That is fine. We will work with you to figure out which immunizations you already have and which ones you probably need. Our staff will be happy to start a record for you to refer to it anytime you need it.

Some tips for good records keeping:

  • Leverage technology: if you are app savvy, use one like ReadyVax and CDC to keep on top of all your medical records.
  • Filing systems: some patients prefer hard copies of the medical records. Make sure these are tucked away in a safe space from the elements.
  • Keep records fresh: at least once a year, review your records to ensure that you are up-to-date on all of your immunizations.
  • Contact your parents: if you are sure about your earliest immunizations and they are still available, contact your parent, guardian, or caregiver regarding your vaccination information.

While you can go to other places for immunizations, Blackhawk Medical Group provides patients in Danville, CA, with comprehensive care. We can answer many questions that other care providers might not. Contact (925) 736-7070 or (925) 309-2700 to schedule an appointment to start or update your immunization records today.

By Blackhawk Medical Group
December 10, 2020
Category: General Health
Tags: Checkups  

How your primary care physicians in Danville, California can help you stay healthy

It’s important to stay healthy, and a big part of that is visiting your primary care physician for a yearly checkup. When you visit your doctor regularly, it can help identify medical issues while they are minor and easily treatable.

The primary care physicians of Blackhawk Medical Group offer comprehensive medical care, including regular medical examinations. They have two convenient office locations in Danville, California to help you stay healthy.

During your regular checkup, your primary care physician will perform a comprehensive physical examination, recording your vital signs, height, weight, and other baseline information.

Your primary care physician may also order blood tests and other lab work to check for underlying medical issues like diabetes and high cholesterol.

If underlying medical issues are diagnosed, your primary care physician may recommend prescription medications to control blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, and help maintain your health.

Lifestyle modification may also be part of your checkup. Your doctor may recommend dietary changes to make sure you are getting the nutrients you need. Your doctor may also recommend increasing your level of exercise.

Annual vaccinations may also be part of your regular checkup. Flu and pneumonia vaccines are especially important as you get older.

There are also specific annual exams for women, to check the health of the reproductive system and men, to check the prostate.

Annual checkups may also be adjusted to deal with specifics relative to your age. Bone density studies, a colonoscopy, and other tests may be recommended for you, to check for osteoporosis, colorectal cancer, and other medical concerns.

A yearly checkup is an important way to maintain your health. It’s also an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions about how you can stay healthy. To find out more about yearly checkups and other medical services, call the primary care physicians of Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, California at (925) 736-7070. Call today!