Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.
Blood pressure check every 2 years or every year if it 120-139/80-89; if its higher, see a physician
Blood Pressure Screening
Have your blood pressure checked every
2 years unless it is 120-139/80-89 Hg or higher, in which case you need to have
it checked every year.
Watch for blood pressure screenings in
your area. Ask your health care practitioner if you can stop in to have your blood
pressure checked. Check your blood pressure using the automated machines at
local grocery stores and pharmacies.
If the top number (systolic number) is
greater than 130 or the bottom number (diastolic number) is greater than 85,
call your doctor.
If you have diabetes, heart disease,
kidney problems, or certain other conditions, you may need to be monitored more
Cholesterol Screening and Heart Disease Prevention
Men over age 34 should be checked every
If you have risk factors for heart
disease, such as diabetes, start getting screened earlier, at age 20.
Men that have diabetes, heart disease,
kidney problems, or certain other conditions may need to be monitored more
Go to the dentist every year for an
exam and cleaning.
If you have vision problems, have an
eye exam every 2 years.
After age 19, men should have a tetanus-diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine once as part of a
man's tetanus-diphtheria vaccines. Men should have a tetanus-diphtheria booster
every 10 years.
Get a flu shot each year.
Your doctor may recommend other
immunizations if you have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes.