Patient Case 1
- Your physician assistant (PA) reports to you the story of a 45-year-old man seen in the practice for an annual examination.
The patient’s only complaint is occasional elbow pain that he attributes to using a new tennis racquet. He reports no medical illnesses and his only prior surgery is a hernia repair 10 years ago.
He takes one low-dose aspirin per day, does not smoke and reports having an occasional alcoholic beverage. He reports no family history of early heart disease or cancer. Last year, his total cholesterol (TC) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) were normal.
He is married and in a monogamous relationship. Since testing negative for STIs (including HIV) many years ago, he reports no potential for new exposures.
On examination, he is not overweight and not hypertensive. The patient asked the PA about the recommended preventive services for a person at his age and your PA is unsure of the appropriate source of prevention guidelines.
This case represents different levels of prevention.
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