You know the old saying, an ounce of prevention is worth of pound of the cure?

That's true now and every day, especially when it comes to your health. The experts at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System want to make it easy to get the important screenings and regular care you need. As they explain on their website:

Established in 1916 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word as a Catholic, non-profit hospital, we offer a full scope of expansive health care services including women’s health, emergency services, senior health, cancer care, heart care, surgery, imaging, rehabilitation, and much more. We strive to provide continuous, compassionate care for our patients and their families, always looking for ways to incorporate the latest best practices and new technology into our services.

The first step is making sure you make and keep regular appointments with your primary care physician. If you need a new physician, check out their Find A Doc feature at christushealth.org/st-michael/find-a-doctor — it will even allow you to search for doctors accepting virtual appointments!

CHRISTUS St. Michael doesn't stop there, though. They have a variety of specialties and online tools to help you determine if extra screenings or care might be valuable for you. Here's a list of some of the most important ones:

1) Senior Care

Good health is important to people of all ages, but as we grow older, maintaining good health becomes more of a challenge. CHRISTUS Health provides a wide range of resources and services for senior adults while ensuring you receive the time, attention and care you deserve.

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2) Lung Screening

You can't see what cigarettes have done to your lungs. Their low-dose CT lung screening can show the damage before any symptoms show. Find out if you may be a candidate for lung screening today!

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3) Mammogram

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women, but it’s also one of the most treatable with early detection. Schedule your mammogram today; your family and your future self will be grateful you did.

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4) Cancer HRAs

To stay healthy – and be there for the ones you love – you need regular wellness visits and screenings. You can also find out if you are at a higher risk for cancer without leaving your home with a FREE Virtual Cancer Risk Assessment. 

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5) Heart HRA

Do you know the early signs of a heart attack? The sooner you take action, the more likely you are to prevent a life-altering stroke or cardiac event. Learn what you should do if you have #heartattack symptoms.

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6) Stroke HRA

Every second counts when you have a stroke. When a vessel carrying blood to the brain becomes blocked or bursts, the brain is deprived of the essential oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive. You can estimate your personal risk of having a stroke as well as identify certain risk factors by taking our free online health risk assessment.

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7) Ortho HRA

Stop pain in its tracks so you can stop sitting out on life’s special moments. Who else is going to teach them how it’s done? Learn how to get moving again with bone and joint care.

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8) Diabetes

CHRISTUS Health wants to help you learn how to manage your diabetes on a daily basis. Understanding the relationship between medical nutritional therapy, exercise, medications, emotional and physical health, and blood glucose levels can help you achieve and maintain optimal glucose control.

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9) Balance Program

Balance is vital to normal everyday life activities such as getting out of a chair and walking, bending over to put on your shoes, washing your hair, driving, or shopping. When balance problems develop, they can cause profound disruptions in your daily life leaving you with difficulty performing even the simplest of tasks. In addition to increased risk for falls, balance disorders can shorten your attention span, disrupt normal sleep patterns, and cause excessive fatigue.

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10) Pain Management

Chronic pain can be caused by a number of disorders affecting all aspects of your physical and psychological wellbeing. Pain conditions are often treatable, which is why CHRISTUS Health is committed to providing you with safe and effective pain management throughout the continuum of care. Let go of pain, so you can grab on to life!

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11) Well-Woman Visits

Self-care is important! Take a bubble bath, get a facial and schedule your annual well-woman visit. Not delaying regular check-ups is the best way to take control of your health and give yourself the very best care. You deserve it!

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12) Surgery

Is your doctor recommending surgery? CHRISTUS Health provides quality surgical care, from minimally invasive to complex surgical procedures. Their surgical teams work closely with other specialists to provide you with the best treatment options while ensuring quality and personalized care from skilled professionals.

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13) Neurosurgery

Patients who choose CHRISTUS Health for their care find an integrated approach to disease management. Their team of neurosurgeons works closely with neurologists, pain medicine specialists and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists to provide care using a clinically integrated approach.

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14) Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

With the high incidence rate of lung cancer in the Four States Region, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System provides minimally invasive, robotic lung surgery.

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15) Cardiovascular Surgery

When it comes to matters of the heart, know your heart is in good hands.

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