Early detection is critical when for treating several men’s health conditions, from heart disease to prostate cancer. Dr. William Harris is a family physician and geriatrician with 45 years of experience caring for men at his practice in Charleston, West Virginia. Take steps to protect your health and partner with a doctor you can depend on. Call Dr. Harris to schedule an appointment today. Same-day appointments are available. He also services the communities of South Charleston, Cross Lanes, Saint Albans, Huntington, Vienna, Summersville, Madison, Clay, Sutton, Fayetteville, Logan, WV.
Regular health checkups at every age are essential, but they only increase in value as you age. Not only do these appointments help you establish and build a relationship of trust with Dr. Harris, but they also establish a baseline for your general health.
Regular checkups provide Dr. Harris with valuable tools for detecting potential health risks before they grow serious and reduce your chances of developing certain conditions in the future.
During your appointment, Dr. Harris reviews your general wellness, medical history, and addresses any questions or concerns that you may have related to your health. He also records your weight, heart rate, and blood pressure, and verifies that you’re up-to-date on immunizations.
A critical aspect of your men’s health appointment is your personal and family medical history. This information provides valuable clues about increased risks you may have for conditions that men are at high-risk of, such as heart disease and prostate cancer.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men.
Also known as cardiovascular disease, it describes several heart conditions like coronary artery disease, congenital heart defects, arrhythmias, and blood vessel diseases. Besides blood tests, Dr. Harris might recommend heart disease testing that includes:
When left untreated, heart disease can lead to serious health complications such as stroke, heart failure, heart attack, and sudden cardiac arrest.
Prostate cancer is the most common type of male cancer in the United States. The prostate is a small gland located beneath the bladder that produces seminal fluid. Most prostate cancers develop in the gland cells of the prostate. When detected early, prostate cancer is very responsive to treatment.
In the early stages of prostate cancer, there are few symptoms. Men’s health checkups are a valuable tool in both assessing your risks of prostate cancer and diagnosing issues before they become severe.
During your appointment, Dr. Harris may recommend a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening blood test or a digital rectal exam (DRE). For most men, prostate screenings start at 50 years of age but can begin sooner depending on your risk factors and family medical history.
Schedule a men’s health checkup with Dr. Harris online by calling the office to book an appointment. Same day appointments are available!