February 22, 2024

This year, Hartford HealthCare is recognizing national Primary Care Week (Oct. 4 – 9) by shining a spotlight on the indispensable role primary care plays in the lives of our patients and our communities.

Dr. Cynthia Heller, MD

Primary care providers — who can be doctors, Physician Assistants or Advanced Practice Nurses — prevent, diagnose and treat general health conditions throughout your life. They have a wide spectrum of knowledge about all the physical, psychological and social conditions that affect you, and typically serve as your first point of contact with a healthcare system to address any problems or concerns. If they determine a more serious condition exists with a specific organ or body part, you’ll be referred to a specialist.

Importance of annual exams

Even if you’re feeling fine and aren’t experiencing any health issues, it’s important to continue visiting your primary care provider for annual exams.