Chronic Disease Management
A chronic disease is one that lasts 3 months or more, by the definition of the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication. Around 88 percent of Americans over 65 years of age have at least one chronic health condition (as of 1998). Health damaging behaviors – particularly tobacco or heavy alcohol use, chronic stress, lack of physical activity, psychosocial well being, and poor eating habits – are major contributors to the leading chronic diseases. Many chronic disease may be a result of underlying illness or have genetic predisposition in certain ethnicities or families. Chronic diseases tend to become more common with age. The leading chronic diseases in developed countries include is arthritis, cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks and stroke, cancer such as breast and colon cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, epilepsy and seizures, obesity, mental health diseases, joint and bone disease and autoimmune diseases.
Examples of Chronic Disease:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Restrictive Lung Disease
- Cyst Monitoring
- Mental Health
- Autoimmune Disease
How can Chronic Disease be Managed?
When you visit our office Dr. Varma can help diagnosis an underlying chronic disease and help you manage it throughout your life. Sometimes a root cause of your illness can be identified and eliminate your chronic disease all together. During your visits the doctor can also coordinate your care with specialists to better treat and manage your illness. Chronic diseases can lead to chronic pain, mental health issues, reduce mobility, cognitive and social decline and poor compliance with treatment.
Many diseases are in active research and new treatments and guidelines published every few years. Proper management under the guidance of your physician can help you maintain your health and wellness through out life. The personalized and focused approach for chronic disease management involves a special attention on your quality of life, risk and benefit discussion on various treatment options (conventional and alternative medicine models) and mental well-being.
To help you manage your chronic disease and improve your quality of life, schedule an appointment with Washington Internal Medicine by calling our office today or request appointment below.