Acute And Chronic Disease Management Specialist

West Plano Medical Associates -  - Internal Medicine

West Plano Medical Associates

Internal Medicine located in Plano, TX

Acute diseases and chronic diseases can both impact your health and keep you from participating in fulfilling activities. At West Plano Medical Associates, Safoora Harandi, MD, Sarah Guido-NP, and Julie Ramus-NP, provides services for acute and chronic disease management and diagnostics. To set up an evaluation for your symptoms, call the office in Plano, Texas, or book online today.

Acute and Chronic Disease Management Q & A

What is acute and chronic disease management?

Acute and chronic disease management refers to the treatments, procedures, and prescriptions necessary to manage the symptoms of illnesses. Effectively managing your disease can also greatly reduce your risk for complications.

West Plano Medical Associates offers many services to diagnose and monitor acute and chronic diseases, including:

  • Imaging tests
  • Blood tests
  • Urinalysis
  • QardioArm blood pressure monitoring
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Echocardiogram
  • Vascular screening

Your provider explains your diagnosis to you in detail before describing your options for treatment. They work with you as you undergo treatment and regularly evaluate you with physical exams and testing. These visits can help you find out if a given treatment works or if you need a change in your plan. 

How are acute and chronic diseases different?

Acute and chronic diseases have a few major differences. The providers at West Plano Medical Associates specialize in managing both. 

Acute diseases

Acute diseases generally don’t last very long. Examples include colds, the flu, rashes, and strep throat. They’re often caused by infectious viruses or bacteria, but they can come from medication misuse or certain injuries, too.

In many cases, acute diseases are easily treatable or go away with no treatment at all.  

Chronic diseases

Chronic diseases last a year or longer and often require management for the rest of your life. Examples include carotid artery disease, diabetes, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. 

West Plano Medical Associates tells you the prognosis of your condition with and without treatment. 

What steps are involved in acute and chronic disease management?

Acute diseases usually require short-term care. Your provider might prescribe or recommend one or more medications, like antibiotics or pain relief medications, to alleviate the infection or address your symptoms. They might also recommend home care like rest and increased fluid intake.

Generally, chronic disease management is more complex than acute disease treatment. Your care plan will likely include regular check-in visits at West Plano Medical Associates. Additionally, they might recommend:

  • Oral medications
  • Dietary changes
  • Getting more exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Counseling

Working closely with your provider and following your treatment plan can significantly improve your quality of life, even if your chronic disease has no cure. 

It can also help you avoid complications of your disease, which can further impact your health and wellness. For example, unmanaged carotid artery disease reduces your brain’s blood supply and can lead to a stroke. 

For a personalized acute or chronic disease management plan, call West Plano Medical Associates or book an appointment online today.

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