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October 07, 2020
Tags: Annual Checkups  

Your health is our biggest priority and our doctors are focused on keeping you safe.

We know that COVID-19 is a real concern; however, we know that your health is also a concern. Our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers are ensuring that all of their patients continue to get the medical care they have come to know and trust even during the pandemic.

What to Expect at Our Office

We believe that everyone should get the medical care they need even during a pandemic. Everything from urgent health concerns to annual wellness checkups is important, and we want our patients to know that our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians are still encouraging patients to come into the office.

Our office hours are the same and we do not anticipate changes or disruptions to our normal business hours. Same-day and urgent care appointments are also available.

How We Are Keeping You Safe

Our goal is to make your visit to our office as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Here’s what you can expect when you turn to us for care right now,

  • We are minimizing exposure by making sure all patients wait in the car until their appointment time in order to keep our waiting rooms at minimal capacity.
  • We are separating sick from non-sick patients by providing them with different routes into and out of the office.
  • Doctors certainly know how to keep things sanitized, so you better believe that we are ensuring the highest level of sanitation in our office right now. All equipment, seating areas and rooms are thoroughly sanitized before and after each patient using CDC guidelines, and all doctors and staff are wearing PPE.

Still feeling a bit nervous about seeing your doctor right now? We understand! That’s why we also offer drive-up appointments (stay in the car; we’ll come to you) and telehealth visits (so you don’t even have to leave the house). We don’t want people to skip out on getting the care they need right now.

Symptoms of COVID?

If you are concerned about possible exposure to COVID-19 or need to get tested for work, we are also offering COVID-19 testing in our office (no drive-up testing services are being offered right now). Those who are high risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms can also be treated by one of our primary care physicians right in their vehicle to limit your chance for exposure.

Have questions or concerns about the care our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians are providing right now? Feel free to give Biggers Family Medicine a call at (813) 655-4646.

September 17, 2020

Why You May Need a Heart Pressure Screening

Keeping your heart healthy is crucial, and even if you practice lifestyle habits such as healthy eating, exercising and not smoking, a blood pressure test is necessary to ensure your heart is in peak shape.

Starting at age 18, a blood pressure test every one to two years is advised to make sure your blood pressure isn't too high or too low. Measuring the pressure in your arteries while your heart is pumping, a blood pressure test can also help detect or monitor other health conditions, such as heart disease.

At Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, we recommend blood pressure tests for younger individuals if they have heart disease risk factors such as family history or obesity. If previous tests have indicated you have high or low blood pressure, we may suggest more frequent testing to watch for fluctuations in readings or other concerns. You can also check your blood pressure at home using a manual cuff and dial machine. Ask your provider at our Brandon, FL clinic for assistance in selecting and using an at-home blood pressure check tool.

When looking at the results from your blood pressure test, your provider can determine if it is normal, low, elevated or high, and recommend a course of action if necessary.

While low blood pressure is not usually a cause for concern, talk to your provider if it is resulting in frequent dizzy spells or faintness.

Lifestyle changes will likely be advised if you have high blood pressure, such as reducing salt intake, cutting back on alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, losing excess weight, exercising, and eating a nutritious diet.

Having an annual or bi-annual blood pressure test is an important part of your health care routine. Call our Brandon, FL office at 813-655-4646 if you are due for a blood pressure screening.

July 22, 2020
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: Proper Weight   Weight  

Maintaining a proper weight is essential for your health. It can even help you prevent and control various medical conditions and diseases. If you live in Brandon FL, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers can help you maintain good health and proper weight. At Biggers Family Medicine, we provide medical treatment for the whole family. Read on to learn what you can do to manage your weight.

Eat the Right Foods

A huge part of managing your weight is eating the right foods. Aim to eat foods that keep you feeling full. Foods high in fiber like fruits and vegetables help stave off hunger. Other high-fiber foods include whole grains and lean protein. If you live in Brandon FL, talk with Dr. Joel Bigger or Dr. Elizabeth Bigger to learn more about healthy eating plans.

Watch Your Carb Intake

You can maintain a healthy weight if you watch the kind and amount of carbohydrates you consume daily. Fruit juice, white bread, and white pasta are refined carbs. These kinds of carbohydrates cause weight gain. Stick with fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and whole grains. These complex carbs contain high amounts of fiber. They also digest more slowly, which makes you feel full longer.

Eat the Right Kinds of Late-Night Snacks

Eating unhealthy snacks late at night can cause you to eat even when you don't feel hungry. Eventually, it will lead to weight gain. If you find yourself hungry at night, choose snacks with high amounts of fiber and protein.

Exercise Regularly

Doctors recommend that you get thirty minutes of exercise five days a week to stay healthy. If you want to lose weight, you need to spend more time engaged in physical activity. Whether you head to the gym, go outside for a walk, or exercise with an at-home exercise video, physical activity is important if you want to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

Schedule an Appointment

If you live in Brandon FL, schedule an appointment with us at Biggers Family Medicine. We can help you with your overall health and your goal of reaching and maintaining a proper weight. Schedule your appointment today. Call us at 813-655-4646.

By Biggers Family Medicine, P.A.
July 21, 2020
Category: Family Medicine

An annual women's exam offers a simple way to protect your health and discuss issues or symptoms that may concern you. Your Brandon FL primary care physicians, Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers, provide the exams at Biggers Family Medicine.

The Benefits of Women's Health Exam

Changes in your health aren't always obvious but can cause serious illness if they're aren't detected and treated promptly. When you visit your primary care physician every year for a well-care exam, your doctor will check for signs and symptoms that can occur if you have breast, uterine or ovarian cancer; gynecological conditions; infections; and sexually transmitted diseases.

Annual exams are recommended for women who are 21 and over. Although you may visit the doctor other times during the year if you're ill or injured, these visits focus solely on your injuries or symptoms. Well-woman visits are designed to evaluate the unique health problems that can affect women throughout their lives.

During your visit to the Brandon FL primary care office, you'll discuss your medical history, risk factors for diseases, previous pregnancies, contraception choices, and lifestyle factors that may affect your health.

Your doctor can help you handle the changes that occur during perimenopause and menopause, order blood tests and mammograms, and discuss the management of endometriosis and other chronic gynecological conditions.

What Happens During Your Exam?

Your visit may include:

  • Examinations: Breast examinations can detect lumps that might occur if you have breast cancer. (Lumps are often non-cancerous but must be evaluated to determine if treatment is needed). During your pelvic examination, your doctor will look for abnormalities, such as abnormal discharge, rashes, warts, fibroids, sores, lumps, or cysts.
  • Pap Test: Pap tests detect abnormal cells in your cervix that may or may not be cancerous. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women 21 to 29 need a Pap test every three years, and women 30 to 65 should have a Pap test and human papillomavirus (HPV) test every five years or a Pap test every three years. You probably won't need a pap test if you're over 65.
  • Screenings: Your weight and blood pressure will also be measured during your examination. Even slightly high blood pressure can increase your risk of heart and kidney disease. If you do have high blood pressure, your doctor can recommend lifestyle changes or medication.

Have you scheduled your annual woman's exam? Call your primary care physicians in Brandon FL, Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers, at (813) 655-4646 to schedule your appointment.

By Biggers Family Medicine, P.A.
July 08, 2020
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: mental health  

Emotional well-being is significant because it permits you to live completely. You see individuals unmistakably, and you can convey your needs and desires to other people. The capacity to assemble connections and create support groups corresponds to better physical wellbeing and improved personal satisfaction. Therapists by and large concur that there are a few things that an individual should be sincerely and mentally satisfied in this life. Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL is the ideal spot to share any psychological well-being matter with your primary care physician. Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers are here for you.

Talk to Someone

Once you meet with a physician in primary care, you will get referred to a specialist to talk about your concerns. Individuals who are in emotional torment or have suffered trauma, and lamentably have not had the option to get satisfactory treatment, are bound to encounter these equivalent injuries once more. Patients that experience injury from parental figures and caregivers unwittingly distrust those in power and react to life occasions in a manner that reproduces the underlying injury. This affects a patient's earning potential, sexual coexistence, and other aspects of their life. It's one of the main reasons to talk to your primary care physician in Brandon.

More Empathy

We at Biggers Family Medicine can help. Psychological well-being can be accomplished by anyone. Basic activities like going out for a walk, drawing, conversing with a trusted companion or cherished relative, or tuning in to music can be alleviating to somebody who might be battling with a challenge to their existence. Significant life changes like death, divorce, moving out of the family home may call for additional help and compassion. These transitional stressors are just one of the many reasons to talk to your primary care physician in Brandon FL.

It's critical to visit a specialist who can point you in the correct direction. Emotional wellness often requires seeking and executing demonstrated treatments that help sadness, anxiety, and other mental concerns. Your primary care physician in Brandon FL is standing by. Contact (813) 655-4646 to plan an arrangement and keep up your bliss. Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers are professionals that can help.

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