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Most of us know that primary care doctors treat aches, pains, and colds. But these are just a few areas primary care doctors treat in a broad field of expertise. Primary care doctors:
care for most diseases except very uncommon or unusual ones;
and monitor your health against your lifestyle goals over time, something called health promotion.
They also educate patients about preventing chronic diseases, like limiting sugar if you have prediabetes or increasing your physical activity if you’re at higher risk for heart disease.
The medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and medical treatment of adults. A physician who specializes in internal medicine is referred to as an internist. Subspecialties of internal medicine include allergy and immunology, cardiology (heart diseases), endocrinology (hormone disorders), hematology (blood disorders), infectious diseases, gastroenterology (diseases of the gut), nephrology (kidney diseases), oncology (cancer), pulmonology (lung disorders), and rheumatology (arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders).
Behavioral health describes the connection between the health and well-being of the body and the mind. This can include a variety of areas – everything from eating habits to drinking habits to exercise and various mental health challenges. Behavioral health can extend to psychiatric conditions, marriage and family counseling, and addiction treatments.
Life-threatening emergencies, such as a heart attack or serious head injury, require a visit to the emergency department, also called the emergency room (ER). An illness or injury that does not appear to be life threatening but can’t wait until the next day should be treated at an urgent care center.
Urgent care centers provide easy access to quality healthcare for the times when your primary care physician’s offices are closed. At Mount Sinai, our medical expertise and commitment to personalized attention ensure that patients with urgent health needs receive the very best care days, nights, weekends, and most holidays.