Disease Management Clinic Questions and Answers
If you or a loved one are suffering from a chronic disease, come to Dr. Pedro Ylisastigui MD. Our disease management clinic is equipped to help you get the right treatment for you. For more information, call us today or schedule an appointment online with one of our professionals. We have convenient locations to serve you in Fort Myers FL, and Lehigh Acres FL!
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Disease is a common complication caused by a multitude of reasons. They can be the result of genetics, our environment, our health choices, and pathogens. Thankfully, there are many cures or treatments for many different diseases. And for those that cannot be cured, there is always a way to manage it.
Disease management centers work around caring for chronic diseases which are typically long-term conditions that progress slowly over time. Conditions that are considered to be chronic are heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), arthritis, depression, and many more.
Patient education is an important part of disease management and often includes screenings, monitoring and coordinating treatment, and check-ups as part of an integrated health care approach to managing illness. It can reduce health care costs while improving your quality of life in addition to preventing or minimizing the effects of a disease.
Unfortunately, when it comes to managing their chronic disease, there’s a bit of a knowledge gap among patients. For example, a patient who has never had diabetes would not be as knowledgeable in taking a blood glucose reading, or know how to interpret what the reading means. That being said, they probably wouldn’t know what symptoms might signal the need for immediate medical attention or how to follow a healthy diet.
Disease management programs attempt to offer individualized care plans based on clinical guidelines and improve the delivery of care to patients with chronic diseases via provider training, self-care management techniques, and patient education. It is thought that if patients with chronic diseases receive better maintenance and preventive care, they will require less intensive and less expensive care and have fewer disease complications.
The below conditions are often included in disease management programs and require maintenance and preventative measures:
• Heart diseases
• Lung diseases
• Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia
By providing the support needed to live a healthy life, our team of professionals helps you manage your condition and prevent complications. All programs provide ongoing, comprehensive, and coordinated communication with your doctor.
People living with a chronic condition will need to manage the disease long term. However, taking an active role in managing your condition can benefit you greatly. To improve the quality of life, start by treating the symptoms of your chronic condition.
You can manage your chronic condition by:
• Making regular visits to a disease management doctor
• Eating well, having a healthy lifestyle, getting enough rest, and exercising
• Taking your prescribed medicines
• Following your management plan
Diagnosing and managing chronic conditions can be complex. If you have problems or symptoms that worry you, your doctor is here to help. The physician may want to order the following diagnostic tests to see if they can diagnose what is wrong.
• CT or MRI scans, or ultrasounds
• Blood test
If you or someone you know is affected by a disease, come to Dr. Pedro Ylisastigui MD. Our doctor specializes in the management of diseases, both common and obscure, and can help you find the relief you need. To speak with an expert, contact us today. To schedule an appointment at our clinic, visit us online or give us a call! We serve patients from Fort Myers FL, Lehigh Acres FL, Gateway FL, Alva FL, Buckingham FL, Tice FL, Villas FL, Cape Coral FL, Matlacha FL, and Suncoast Estates FL.