Chronic diseases, such as hypertension or diabetes, increase your risk of serious health complications. At Peridot Primary Care in Clarksburg, Maryland, Princess Stephenson, CRNP, and her team provide comprehensive care for chronic diseases to reduce the risk of complications and maintain your health. Call Peridot Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about chronic disease management.
Chronic disease management is a protocol to reduce the symptoms of long-term conditions and prevent complications. Managing a chronic disease is a partnership between you and your provider at Peridot Primary Care. In addition to testing, medication, and routine visits, your provider may recommend a number of lifestyle modifications to improve your health.
Many chronic diseases can advance and damage your health without proper care, including:
Diabetes occurs when glucose (sugar) builds in your blood and damages your blood vessels. As the blood vessels narrow and become less elastic, you can experience vision loss, nerve damage, stroke, and other common complications. Many types of diabetes exist, but poor diet, inactivity, and smoking cigarettes are common risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.
If the long-term force of your blood against your artery walls is too strong, you may have hypertension. High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely causes symptoms, so you can have the condition for years without knowing it. Without early intervention, hypertension may lead to stroke, heart disease, and other serious medical conditions.
Arthritis is a chronic disease that causes persistent joint inflammation. The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. While osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage surrounding the joints breaks down, rheumatoid arthritis causes the lining inside the joints to swell.
The butterfly-shaped gland at the front of your neck is the thyroid. It produces hormones that regulate many bodily functions, including metabolism and temperature. When the thyroid produces too much or too little of its hormone, you can experience uncomfortable symptoms.
Your provider’s strategy at Peridot Primary Care for managing your chronic disease depends on the type and its progression. Chronic disease management typically involves a combination treatment approach that may include:
Peridot Primary Care also offers telehealth visits to coordinate your care. Your provider can perform a number of preventive and primary care services via telehealth, so you get the care you need from the comfort of your home.
To learn more about chronic disease management, call Peridot Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today.