Primary Care Associates of Maryland
Family Medicine & Geriatrics located in Frederick, MD & Clarksburg, MD
Six in 10 adults in the United States live with a chronic disease. If you have one, you’re far from alone. At Primary Care Associates of Maryland, with two locations in Frederick and another in Clarksburg, Maryland, Praveen Bolarum, and the team offer chronic disease management services to help you live comfortably with your condition. To learn more about chronic disease and management, request an appointment by phone or online at any of the three Primary Care Associates locations today.
Chronic Disease Management Q & A
What is a chronic disease?
Chronic diseases are illnesses that affect you, often getting worse with time. Many chronic diseases have no cure, but you can learn to manage them and maintain a livable quality of life. While the exact definition of chronic diseases varies, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) names any condition that lasts for one year or longer a chronic disease.
At Primary Care Associates of Maryland, the team helps you learn more about your chronic disease and can monitor your health over time. They also provide treatment and management strategies to help reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
What are some common chronic diseases?
The team at Primary Care Associates of Maryland is equipped to handle many of the most common chronic diseases and conditions. They can tell you whether your disease is chronic and what it takes to manage it. Some examples of chronic diseases are:
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
COPD is an inflammatory lung disease that can obstruct your airway and make it hard to breathe. Long-term exposure to chemicals in your lungs, like cigarette smoke, causes the disease.
Hypertension is another word for high blood pressure. Over time, the stress on the walls of your veins and arteries from high blood pressure can lead to a weaker heart and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Hypertension typically doesn’t come with symptoms.
There are several types of diabetes, and they all come with high levels of sugar in your blood. Unregulated blood sugar can lead to nerve damage, eye problems, kidney disease, heart disease, and other health complications.
Hyperlipidemia is a condition characterized by too many fats or lipids in your blood. Managing hyperlipidemia typically involves dietary changes and can reduce your chances of getting heart disease, stroke, and other conditions.
What does chronic disease management entail?
At Primary Care Associates of Maryland, the team provides you with ongoing care for your chronic disease. They design your treatment plan to match your needs and your lifestyle and can make changes to it as necessary. Your chronic disease management plan might include:
- Lifestyle changes (e.g., stopping smoking, getting more sleep)
- Dietary changes
- Coordination with specialists
- Counseling and support
You’ll need to attend regular visits as you navigate life with a chronic disease. The team might order lab work, X-rays, and other tests to monitor your condition’s progress and see if treatment is working.
For more information about your chronic disease and guidance with managing it, call Primary Care Associates of Maryland, or request an appointment online today.