Aurelio Torres-Consuegra, M.D.
Dr. Aurelio Torres-Consuegra is an experienced and board certified primary care physician. Practicing medicine is Dr. Torres-Consuegra’s passion, and he is a staunch advocate for his patient’s wellbeing above all other considerations.Dr. Torres-Consuegra Torres is originally from Cuba, where he was born and raised.
Dr. Torres-Consuegra knew early in his childhood that he wanted to be a physician due to his strong desire for the vocation. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from the Universidad Mayor de San Andres Facultad de Medicina in Bolivia and completed his Internal Medicine Residency & Internship at Saint John's Episcopal Hospital in New York.He is fluent in English and Spanish.
WHY YOU NEED A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN?
1. An Annual Check Up can save you time and money down the road
Primary care physicians provide vaccines, counseling and routine health screenings to help prevent health issues before they become problems later on. This can literally add years to your life.
“It is important to learn about how you might be able to prevent diseases on the basis of your demographic, lifestyle and family history through regular visits with a primary care doctor,” recommends Dr. Torres “Now that we are all required to purchase health insurance, it is also a huge cost savings in the long run to prevent disease.”
Dr. Torres-Consuegra recommends that healthy young men and women schedule an annual check-up with their primary care physician. During a check-up, patients are counseled based on age and risk factors and may receive testing and vaccines such as Hepatitis B, tetanus, and measles, mumps and rubella. During routine primary care, patients also learn about risks for accidents, injury, mental illnesses and STDs.
As one grows older, visits to your primary care doctor become even more crucial as the risk of developing diseases increases. Screenings for diabetes, eye disease and heart disease can begin as early as 35, depending on an individual’s medical history and risk profile. Cancer screening for breast, prostate and colon cancers are also recommended beginning at ages 40-50.
2. During an Emergency, your Primary Care Physician can be a great advocate for your care
When a trip to the emergency room arises, a primary care physician might be far from your mind, but he or she can be a crucial support. An established relationship with your primary care doctor helps to build your medical profile. A well-documented medical history can be a lifesaver in times of crisis.
“Primary care doctors are extremely helpful when emergencies arise. It is invaluable to have someone who knows your health profile and preferences to help you navigate the greater health care system,” says Dr. Torres-Consuegra “Having an established relationship with your primary care doctor can help your emergency caregivers identify underlying health issues, prevent unnecessary testing and procedures and help improve your health outcome.”
3. Primary Care is Your Portal to Other Beneficial Resources
If health screenings and vaccines are not a priority for you, you may be surprised to find out that your doctor is a resource for other services that you have a need for. Dr. Torres-Consuegra can refer you to a full spectrum of medical specialists that can help address specific medical concerns as well as help you gain access to other services provided in the community.