Q: Dr. Labrador, do you have any special medical interests?
A: Yes, I am particularly interested in helping you reduce your risks for heart disease and obesity
Q: Can you help me quit smoking?
A: If you smoke and would like to quit, I can help. Quitting is not easy, but I am sure you have done many difficult things in your life. Giving up the cigarettes is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and your family.
Q: Can you help me with my depression?
A: Yes. I have treated a men and women with depression. Some people benefit from counseling, others from medication and some find that a combination of both works the best for them. Depression is one of the most common reasons patients visit their family doctor. Depression is nothing to be ashamed of. It is a serious illness and should never be ignored.
Q: Do you have same day appointments?
A: Yes! If you feel you need to be seen right away, we will make every effort to see you. We know that when you are sick or in pain the sooner we see you, the sooner you will start to feel better.
Q: Are you always on time?
A: We know that your time is valuable, and that sitting in our waiting room is not your idea of fun. We strive to always be on time, but rarely an urgent same day appointment may result in an unexpected delay. Should you find yourself waiting, we hope that you understand that it was not planned, and that some day you might require an urgent same day appointment yourself.
Q: Are you the right doctor for me?
A: Yes, if you are looking for a doctor that is interested in getting to know you as a person and work with you to achieve your health care goals. I believe that a good doctor patient relationship is essential for good health care. If you are not comfortable with your current health care provider, I would encourage you to switch.
Q: Dr. Labrador, I feel fine now, should I schedule an appointment with you anyway?
A: There are at least two good reasons to schedule an appointment now. First, physical exams and certain screening tests are an important part of good preventive health care. Many insurance companies now recognize the health benefits and economic value of preventive health care. Second, finding a physician that you trust and are comfortable with is best done when you are feeling well. Trying to find a doctor that “feels right” when you do not feel well can be very difficult.
QUIT SMOKING TODAY. Smoking is bad for your health and difficult to quit. Here are a couple of useful links for you.
HYPERTENSION: Whether diagnosed with high blood to manage and looking for ways to manage it or just learning about this symptomless condition, this site will guide you step by step to a healthier you.
High blood pressure - www.heart.org
DIABETES: Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 causes of death and disability among people with type 2 diabetes. There are plenty of reasons to take steps to prevent and manage diabetes. this site will guide you step by step to a healthier you.
Diabetes - www.heart.org www.diabetes.org
CHOLESTEROL: Cholesterol itself isn't bad. We all have and need this wax-like substance in our bodies. Learn about the so-called "good" and "bad" cholesterol, where it comes from, and why it's important for your health.
Cholesterol - www.heart.org
WEIGHT LOSS: There are 1,440 minutes in every day. Schedule 30 of them for physical activity! Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy. People who are active live longer and feel better. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. It can delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems. Most adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate physical. Here are a couple of useful links for you.