What is Chronic Care Management?
Almost one in three of us — especially as we get older — find ourselves living with some type of “chronic” illness, a disease that we learn to manage so it doesn’t interfere too much with our day-to-day activities. And when the disease does flare up, we can treat the symptoms without too much disruption. The best way to stay ahead of a chronic illness like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and similar diseases is to work with a healthcare provider to develop a plan that will help you manage symptoms and prevent new problems. Your healthcare provider at NY Family Docs will work with you to develop a chronic care management plan. For more information, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online.
Q & A
What are chronic diseases?
Chronic diseases are health issues that last over a long period of time and require you to pay attention: Take your meds, talk to your doctor, and seek medical treatment if things get worse. These illnesses, when not treated, interfere with daily activities and can affect your 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:
High blood pressure
All of them can be treated and managed. If you haven’t been diagnosed but you experience symptoms like aches and pains, trouble breathing and other health issues that aren’t going away, contact one of our offices immediately.
What are some symptoms of chronic diseases?
Many chronic diseases are known as silent killers because they have no clear symptoms. Patients who suffer from them may not realize that they have a disease. Instead, they may just have a feeling that something is wrong.
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. A good healthcare provider can spot things you don’t notice, and blood work, taken right in our office, can find problems, too.
What are some of the services offered in chronic care?
Patients benefit from a wide range of services provided through the chronic care system at NY Family Docs. These include:
- Treatment and medications to reduce further complications.
- Preventive health measures to keep the disease from getting worse.
- Symptom management.
- Health education.
- Coordinating support services among other types of doctors or services
How can I prevent chronic diseases?
Chronic diseases often develop from lifestyle choices. By making some small adjustments, you significantly reduce your chances of developing these issues. Some risky behaviors to avoid are: