FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Often Should I See My Doctor?
Certain conditions require close follow-up, even if you are not having problems or symptoms. Below are some common diagnoses and guidelines for how often you should be rechecked.
- Hypertension (High blood pressure): Every 6 months if well controlled, every 1-3 months if not in control.
- Diabetes: Every 3 months if controlled, every 6 months if very well controlled. Every 1-2 months if poorly controlled. Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) labwork every 3-6 months, checks average Blood Sugar control in the last 3 months.
- Hyperlipidemia (High cholesterol): Every 3 months if not controlled. Every 6-12 months if well controlled.
- Depression/Anxiety: Every 3 months if well controlled. More often if needed.
- Physical Adult Exams: Yearly for discussion of illness prevention, like cancer and heart disease. This visit is dedicated to screening options, like Paps, mammograms, other screenings, and how to stay healthy.
- Osteoporosis (Bone loss): Once yearly.
- Asthma/COPD/Emphysema: Every 3-6 months if stable, with PFTs (Pulmonary Function Tests) yearly. Every month if not controlled, or using albuterol rescue inhaler more than 2 times per month.
- Thyroid Disease: Every 6 months if controlled. Every 8 weeks if medication changes.
When Can I Expect Results From Medical Tests?
Routine results will be discussed with you at your next follow-up appointment. However, if there is an abnormal result which cannot wait until your next appointment, you will be notified.
If your tests or blood work were done for an acute problem and you do not have a scheduled follow up appointment, you can expect to be notified as soon as we have reviewed your results.
Please allow 2 weeks for results, depending on what was ordered. Sometimes certain tests need to be sent out to laboratories in other parts of the country, which may not get back to us as quickly as we'd like. For radiological testing, such as MRIs or even cardiac stress tests, we must wait for the official report to come back before we can review the results and pass them along to you. We ask for your patience and understanding in these circumstances.
Typically, if you have not heard from us, either we have not received your results, Dr. Abovian has not reviewed your results, or the results are normal and we are planning to review them with you at your follow up appointment.
If it has been greater than 2 weeks and you have no follow up or have not heard from us, you can request your test results by contacting our office. Also, you can ask our staff to enroll you in our Patient Portal where you can access your electronic health records and view your your lab results online.