Chronic Care Management

To help ease the impact a chronic condition might have on your life and to help you enjoy a higher quality of life, we offer comprehensive and expert medical care with compassion. Our physicians and staff have extensive training and provide support, treatment and management of these chronic medical conditions:

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that occurs when the lining of the airways become inflamed and swollen restricting the air flow to and from the lungs. The exact cause of asthma is still undetermined, but it is believed that weather conditions, contact to some allergens, viral infections and exercise can contribute to an attack.

Symptoms of asthma may include, coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing and a tight feeling chest. While an asthma attack can occur at any time, most often, these symptoms are noticeable at night or in the early morning. Treatments range from avoiding the source that triggers attacks, as well as using a hand-held inhaler to administer asthma medication.

Arthritis

Arthritis occurs when the joints begin to wear down, fray and decay causing inflammation, swelling and pain. It may also cause complete disability in the joint itself. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and the exact cause is still unknown. However, there are many treatment options available to alleviate and possibly eliminate some or all of the symptoms. Your internist will work with you individually to develop a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your body has difficulty using the blood sugar because there is too much in your blood. There are four types of diabetes: Type 1, Pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. While pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes are preventable and sometimes reversible, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are chronic diabetes.

Treatments vary depending on the type of diabetes one has. Simple lifestyle changes may be sufficient enough for some patients, while others will require glucose monitoring and daily insulin therapy. In some instances, a pancreas transplant may even be necessary.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a chronic condition that if left untreated can lead to serious heart problems like a stroke or heart attack. High blood pressure occurs when the blood is pushing too hard through the arteries. A normal blood pressure is 120 over 80 (120/80). High blood pressure is a consistent reading of anything above 140/90.

High blood pressure is an easily detectable and highly manageable condition. Simple lifestyle changes and medications may be used to control your blood pressure. A personalized treatment plan will be created by your internist to ensure optimal health.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States. It occurs when fat builds up in your arteries restricting the normal amount of oxygen from flowing through your arteries thus causing your blood vessels to become stiff reducing the blood flow to your organs.

There are different types of heart disease; therefore, symptoms vary from chest pain and numbness in your legs and arms to shortness of breath. Depending on the type of heart disease and the severity of your condition will determine which treatment is best for you. Your internist will speak candidly about your diagnosis, treatment options, alternative treatments available and their recommendations.