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Chronic Disease Management

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Washington Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Chantilly, VA & Springfield, VA

At least 60% of all Americans have one or more chronic diseases — and, unfortunately, many don’t manage their conditions properly. At Washington Internal Medicine in Chantilly, Virginia, experienced internal medicine physician Sohan R. Varma, MD, offers chronic disease management tailored for you so you can live with your disease while enjoying maximum quality of life. Call the office or book an appointment online.

Chronic Disease Management Q & A

What is a chronic disease?

A chronic disease is a long-term illness, one that lasts longer than three months. Common chronic diseases include:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer 
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Obesity
  • Kidney disease
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Migraines
  • Neurological diseases
  • Asthma
  • Digestive disorders

All chronic diseases require effective medical management. Even though chronic diseases aren't usually completely curable, they're manageable with the expert help available at Washington Internal Medicine. 

Who is at risk for chronic disease?

Chronic disease usually occurs in people with certain risk factors. These include:

  • Genetics, a family history of chronic disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Extra weight
  • Poor eating habits
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Chronic disease incidence increases with age. At least 88% of Americans older than 65 have one or more chronic diseases. 

Many people who develop a chronic disease have a few of these risk factors. Preventive care at Washington Internal Medicine can help you identify these risk factors so you can mitigate them. 

What is chronic disease management?

Chronic disease management is medical care that helps you reduce the effects of your chronic disease so you can enjoy a better quality of life and longer life. 

At Washington Internal Medicine, chronic disease management includes screenings, regular checkups, a personalized treatment plan, lifestyle management, and education about your chronic disease. 

Chronic disease management is different for each person. The type of disease, state of the disease, current symptoms, age, lifestyle, and other factors all play a role in determining the best way to manage the disease. 

Your provider at Washington Internal Medicine can also collaborate with other medical providers, for example, a heart specialist, to manage your disease optimally. 

Both conventional and alternative medical approaches are available at Washington Internal Medicine, and you're given all the information you need to choose the best option for your circumstances and needs. 

How often should I have chronic disease management appointments?

Chronic disease management is an ongoing endeavor, and it requires a commitment to daily healthy choices and regular medical appointments. 

Washington Internal Medicine can recommend an appointment frequency for your situation. Many chronic disease management checkups can occur using telemedicine, so you can get the medical care you need without leaving home.

Call Washington Internal Medicine or book an appointment online for expert chronic disease management today.