If you’re one of the more than 133 million Americans living with a chronic illness, chronic care management can minimize your symptoms and provide relief. At Centerville Medical Center, internal medicine physician Chuck Osuagwu, MD, specializes in chronic care management. He regularly works with adults to manage common issues like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and thyroid disorders. To make an appointment at the practice in Garland, Texas, call the office, or click the online booking tool today.
Chronic care management diagnoses and treats potentially serious health problems that last for three months or longer. Though there’s no cure for chronic illness, with early intervention, it’s possible to reduce uncomfortable symptoms and prevent them from worsening.
Centerville Medical Center designs chronic care management to each individual’s needs. Often, that includes a combination of healthy lifestyle changes, prescription medication, routine checkups, and preventive screenings.
Centerville Medical Center provides chronic care management for a variety of ailments, including:
Diabetes is a chronic illness that affects your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. If your blood sugar is too high for an extended period, it increases the risk of more serious issues, including heart disease, nerve damage, and slow-healing wounds.
High blood pressure occurs when the force of the blood pumping against the walls of your arteries remains high for hours or even days. Over time, high blood pressure damages the blood vessels throughout your body, increasing your risk of a heart attack or a stroke.
Cholesterol helps build healthy cells, but too much cholesterol can clog your arteries. If you have high cholesterol, you’re more likely to experience a heart attack, a stroke, or another cardiovascular problem.
Joint pain is one of the most common chronic ailments. Often, it’s a result of arthritis, but it can also occur due to wear-and-tear, a sports injury, or physically demanding work. Fortunately, minor lifestyle adjustments like exercise and diet modifications can provide significant relief.
The thyroid is a small gland at the base of your neck just beneath the Adam’s apple. It produces hormones responsible for various bodily functions, including your heartbeat and respiratory rate. Some of the most common thyroid-related disorders include Hashimoto’s disease, Graves’ disease, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism.
Neuropathy refers to permanent nerve damage. Nerve damage occurs for various reasons, including untreated diabetes, exposure to certain chemicals, and excess consumption of alcohol.
Anyone who is living with a chronic illness can benefit from chronic care management. Following a comprehensive physical exam, a discussion of your symptoms, and a review of your medical history, your Centerville Medical Center provider can make recommendations for treatment.
To explore chronic care management, make an appointment at Centerville Medical Center by calling the office, or clicking the online booking tool today.