More than 133 million Americans are living with a chronic condition like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. Though common, without early intervention and treatment, these ailments can increase the risk of serious health problems, including premature death. At Total Family Medical in Robert, Louisiana, the primary care specialists offer comprehensive care for chronic conditions. Book an in-person or telemedicine appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the office today.
Chronic conditions are potentially serious health problems responsible for ongoing symptoms that last a year or longer. The majority of chronic conditions are incurable, but with an early diagnosis, they’re possible to manage and treat.
In many instances, chronic conditions occur due to risky behaviors, including tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, poor nutrition, and a lack of physical activity.
Total Family Medical treats various chronic conditions, including:
High blood pressure occurs when the force of the blood pumping against the walls of your arteries remains high for an extended period. Over time, this causes damage to your blood vessels, increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
High blood pressure is one of the most common chronic conditions, but it doesn’t present obvious symptoms. That means you might be at risk and not realize it.
High cholesterol occurs when lipids, fatty microscopic particles, build up in your blood. If one of the deposits breaks away and enters your bloodstream, it can form a clot, causing a heart attack or stroke. Like high blood pressure, high cholesterol rarely presents symptoms.
Heart disease refers to several chronic conditions that affect the heart muscle, blood vessels, or arteries. Some of the most common types of heart disease include blood clots, irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias), and structural problems.
Arthritis is a group of chronic conditions that affect the health of your bones and joints. Some of the most common types of arthritis include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, and gout.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that prevents your pancreas from producing adequate levels of insulin, a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar. There are several types of diabetes, including Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, and prediabetes.
Depression is a mental illness that causes intense feelings of sadness or hopelessness. Everyone feels blue on occasion, but depression lasts for months or even years. Fortunately, with counseling, prescription medication, and healthy lifestyle changes, it’s possible to manage.
Total Family Medical diagnoses chronic conditions by conducting a physical exam, reviewing your medical history, and asking about your lifestyle and symptoms. Then your provider may order laboratory tests like blood work and urinalysis or diagnostic imaging like X-rays or an MRI to gain additional insights.
After making a diagnosis, your provider at Total Family Medical creates a custom treatment plan. The goal of chronic disease management is to ease uncomfortable symptoms, prevent further complications, and improve your quality of life.
If you’re concerned about your risk of chronic conditions, request a consultation at Total Family Medical. Book an in-person or telemedicine appointment by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.