More than half of adults in the United States have at least one chronic disease. Without proper treatment, severe complications sometimes develop. At I40First in Amarillo, Texas, primary care physician Julito Uy, MD, George Peterson, DNP, FNP-C, and their superior team offer outstanding chronic disease management to reduce the chance of bothersome or life-threatening problems. Call the office to schedule an evaluation or use the online booking tool today.
Chronic disease management at I40First includes medical care for one or more chronic (ongoing) diseases, such as:
It’s not uncommon to have more than one chronic disease. Early detection and treatment are the best ways to reduce your chance of a heart attack, stroke, or other severe complications associated with chronic diseases.
It’s important to note that not all chronic diseases cause symptoms, at least not right away. If you do have symptoms, you may notice fatigue, frequent urination, chest pain, or difficulty breathing. You might experience weight loss or weight gain, appetite changes, or the need to urinate more frequently. See your I40First provider if you develop new or unusual symptoms.
Some of the main risk factors for developing chronic diseases include:
Not properly managing disease risk factors, such as high blood sugar, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure, increases your chance of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions.
To find out if you’re a candidate for chronic disease management, the I40First team reviews your symptoms, lifestyle habits, and medical history.
They complete a physical exam; check your blood pressure and other vital signs; and may order blood tests, urine tests, heart- or lung-function testing, biopsies, X-rays, or other imaging procedures.
The most common chronic disease management solutions include:
Ways to minimize your chance of having a chronic disease or to better manage one include eating nutritious foods, getting plenty of sleep, exercising regularly, keeping stress levels low, and not smoking.
If you carry excess body weight, medical weight management allows you to reach an ideal body weight to better manage a chronic disease and reduce the risk of complications.
Medicines can help you properly manage chronic diseases and their risk factors. Your 140First provider customizes a medication regimen that suits your needs if lifestyle changes alone aren’t enough to manage a disease.
If you have a complication associated with a chronic disease, the practice offers minor surgery and other procedures.
In the case of a severe or complex medical problem, your provider may refer you to a specialist for care.
To take advantage of chronic disease management at 140First, schedule an appointment by phone or online today.