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What Does a Child's Physical Include Oct 10th, 2021

According to California State law, all students must have a complete record of their immunizations. In addition, certain schools recommend students get a physical exam before attending classes.  A yearly physical can uncover a number of problems that may arrive unexpectedly, such as unexpected weight gain or poor growth. It...

How Often Do I Need a Mammogram? Sep 8th, 2021

Breast cancer can be treated successfully, especially when found early. Mammograms are X-ray pictures of the chest that specialists use to detect abnormal growths.  If a mammogram detects a growth, a specialist may also recommend a biopsy to determine if the growth is cancerous.  Our specialists at Casa De Salud,...

Five Benefits of Prenatal Visits Aug 11th, 2021

Regular prenatal visits are key to having a healthy pregnancy. Sometimes this early care even helps prevent problems, especially in women who have underlying health conditions, like high blood pressure.  During prenatal care visits, we monitor your health and your baby’s growth and development. We can also help you navigate...

Is Joint Pain Inevitable With Age? Jul 20th, 2021

Aging increases a person’s chances of developing painful joints, but many seniors manage to avoid joint pain by staying active and eating a healthy diet. The most common causes of joint pain in seniors are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear, often as a result...

What to Expect at Your Next Pap Smear Jun 22nd, 2021

Pap smears are tests used to detect cancerous cells on the cervix that can result from human papillomavirus (HPV). Every year, about 35,900 new cases of cancer are caused by HPV. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. In the general population and immunocompromised people, it can cause a...

What's the Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer's? May 25th, 2021

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are often used interchangeably, but they’re not the same. Dementia is an umbrella term for cognitive issues, whereas Alzheimer’s disease is a specific type of dementia.  If you’re concerned about a loved one exhibiting symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s, read on. Our team at Casa de...

What to Expect During My Primary Care Visit Apr 19th, 2021

A primary care doctor is trained in diagnosing and treating a large array of conditions, illnesses, and injuries. Primary care physicians offer both management of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, and testing and treatment for acute health issues, such as ear infections, the flu, and injuries.  Our...

Who Should Get Tested for STDs? Mar 1st, 2021

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise. They’re so common that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 20% of people in the United States have an STD at any given time.  While many people can carry an STD without exhibiting any symptoms, those with immune...

How Often Should I Schedule a Physical? Feb 16th, 2021

In the 1980s, a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis among children was rare. However, almost 6,000 children and adolescents in the United States were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes between 2014 and 2015.  Preventable heart problems are also on the rise. The number of deaths among middle-aged Americans caused by heart...

5 Conditions to Look Out for During Older Age Jan 13th, 2021

Many people associate old age with symptoms such as pain and weakness. Although the passing of time does indeed take a serious toll on the body, not all unpleasant symptoms are a normal part of aging. We asked our medical specialists at Casa de Salud about aging. They pulled together...

How Are STIs and STDs Different? Dec 1st, 2020

At Casa de Salud, we help patients prevent and treat STIs and STDs, and we understand how difficult it is for some people to discuss these topics with their practitioners. STIs and STDs are simply medical issues, and you shouldn’t be ashamed of wanting to stay healthy.  Although the terms...

When to See a Doctor About a Rash Nov 11th, 2020

Do you suffer from itchiness, redness, or blistering on your skin? Perhaps you’re worried that your rash could be a sign of something serious.  Rashes are seldom an indicator of a serious illness. However, if they’re left untreated, they can cause a lot of discomfort, especially if they itch and...

5 Tips for Lowering Your Cholesterol Oct 1st, 2020

Cholesterol plays a vital role in your body. It helps build healthy cells, and it works as a precursor to vitamin D and steroid hormones. However, balance is key. Both low cholesterol and high cholesterol can lead to complications. There are several types of blood cholesterol, with the most notable...

Why Vaccinations Are Important Sep 17th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic reminded many people about the dangers of viruses. Although the novel coronavirus is on everybody’s lips at the moment, you shouldn’t ignore the seasonal flu, which can be just as dangerous for people with a dysfunctional immune system. At Casa de Salud, our team’s mission has always...

Now's the Time To Schedule Your Child's School Physical Aug 20th, 2020

One of the main reasons that schools require annual physicals is so your children’s vaccines are up to date to prevent them from contracting a contagious illness and spreading it to other students. Doctors say the best time to come in for your child’s physical exam is in the summer...

Knowing When a Cut Needs Stitches Jul 31st, 2020

Sometimes a cut is just a paper cut or a shallow scrape that heals on its own with a simple bandage. But there are other instances where a cut can be quite serious and may require sutures to close the wound. Luckily, there are a few things you can look...

Which Birth Control is Right For You? Jun 24th, 2020

If you’re considering your birth control options, you’re not alone. An estimated 65% of American women aged 15-49 use some form of contraception to lower their chances of becoming pregnant. Here at Casa de Salud, Dr. Afshin Akhavan and our compassionate primary care medical team, can help you pick a...

What to Expect During Your First Well-Woman Exam May 11th, 2020

The second week of May is National Women’s Health Week, making May the perfect time for you to schedule your first well-woman exam. Nervous? Don’t be. This is an annual exam designed to keep you safe and healthy. At Casa de Salud in Los Angeles, California, our physician, Dr. Afshin...

5 Reasons to Consider a Geriatrician Apr 28th, 2020

If you have a medical problem, you should visit a doctor that understands it. This is why specialists like dermatologists and allergists exist. When you get older, you might need a specialist of your own, and geriatricians are experts in the field of senior medicine.  Casa de Salud in Los...

What Every Parent Should Know About Child and Infant Fevers Mar 3rd, 2020

Whether you’re a first-time parent or you’ve been through it before, when your little one has a fever, it can be a scary feeling. When should you call the doctor? When should you rush your child to the emergency room or urgent care?    Dr. Afshin Akhavan, a parent himself,...

Top Reasons Why You Should Consider STD Testing Feb 3rd, 2020

In the last four years, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States hit an all-time high, with gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia being at the top of the list. While over the last decade, Americans are reportedly having less sex, the risk of contracting an STD has clearly increased.  At...

The Importance of Prenatal Care Jan 15th, 2020

If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, or are already pregnant, you’ve probably put serious thought into how your life will be once your baby arrives. You may have be thinking about how you can make sure your home is safe and nurturing, the ways your life will change once your...

Common Causes of Hypertension in Seniors Dec 27th, 2019

Are you above the age of 65 and experiencing worsening brain fog? Are you a senior who feels increasingly confused, but you presume it is merely part of age-induced mental decline? Are you doing your best to cope with fatigue or exhaustion on a recurring basis, but see no improvement?...