Chronic Care Management Specialist

NY Family Docs -  - Primary Care Practice

NY Family Docs

Primary Care Practice & Family Practice located in Williamsburg, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, CityLine & Forest Hills NY

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 117 million Americans suffer from a chronic illness. At NY Family Docs, with offices in Queens and Brooklyn, including Woodhaven, Ridgewood, and Williamsburg, New York, patients receive integrated care that focuses on symptom management and education to prevent further complications of ongoing diseases. If you’re suffering from chronic issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or others, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment to begin a complete care regimen today.

Chronic Care Management Q & A

What are chronic diseases?

Chronic diseases are health issues that last over a long period of time and require ongoing medical treatment. These illnesses interfere with daily activities and affect a patient’s health and independence.

Will I benefit from chronic disease care?

If you have one or more of the following conditions, you’re a candidate for chronic disease care:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes

If you haven’t been diagnosed but you’re experiencing symptoms that aren’t going away, contact your provider immediately.

What are some symptoms of chronic diseases?

Chronic diseases are known as silent killers because they have no clear symptoms and patients that suffer from them often don’t realize that they have a disease.

Early diagnosis is an important part of managing chronic diseases so even if you aren’t experiencing major symptoms, it’s important to get regular checkups.

What are some of the services offered in chronic care?

Patients with chronic illnesses benefit from a wide range of services provided through the chronic care system at NY Family Docs. These include:

  • Medical interventions to reduce further complications
  • Preventive health measures
  • Symptom management
  • Health education
  • Coordinating support services

If you have a chronic disease, it’s essential to receive the proper care and treatment.

How can I prevent chronic diseases?

Chronic diseases often develop because of poor lifestyle choices. By making some small adjustments, you significantly reduce your chances of developing these issues. Some risky behaviors to avoid are:

Tobacco

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable early deaths in the United States, and quitting greatly reduces your risk of diseases caused by smoking.

Drinking too much alcohol

Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 1 in 10 deaths in American adults, putting you at risk of liver damage, cancer, reproductive issues, and much more.

Not exercising regularly

Not only does regular exercise help prevent chronic diseases, but it also has many immediate benefits like improving your mood, boosting energy, and promoting a healthy appetite and better sleep.

Not sleeping enough

Continuous sleep loss increases your chances of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

Eating healthy

Avoid foods with saturated fats and increase the amount of fiber and unsaturated fats that you eat.

If you have a family history of any chronic diseases, you should also get regular screenings to catch symptoms early. To get a physical that will assess you for any chronic conditions, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online.