Conditions like diabetes, chronic pain, and cardiovascular diseases require expert management to optimize your quality of life. If you have one or more chronic health problems, Patel & Patel, M.D., Inc. of South Charleston, West Virginia, can help. OB/GYN Kiran Patel, MD, family medicine practitioner Leela Patel, MD, and their team offer chronic disease management services for patients of all ages. Call Patel & Patel, M.D., Inc. today to find out more or schedule a consultation using the online form.

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What is chronic disease management?

Chronic disease management is a program of care that optimizes your health and well-being when you have long-term health problems.

Your provider at Patel & Patel, M.D., Inc. creates an individualized plan of care for you, working closely with any specialists that you’re seeing. They also coordinate aspects of your care, such as counseling, medication management, and physical therapies.

Factors that can be important in the design of your chronic disease management plan include:

  • Your age
  • Your medical and family history
  • The environment you live in
  • Whether you use tobacco
  • How much alcohol you drink
  • Your diet and lifestyle
  • Your job and other responsibilities
  • Any comorbidities (other diseases you live with)

This managed approach to your health ensures you receive the advice, information, and support you need when you have disabling and life-altering disorders so you can live a long and rewarding life.

What is a chronic disease?

A chronic disease is any health problem that lasts more than a few months. Some might go on for years, but many are incurable.

Some of the more common chronic diseases the Patel & Patel, M.D., Inc. team sees include, but are not limited to:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Even when you have two or more of these conditions – which is not uncommon – chronic disease management with Patel & Patel, M.D., Inc. can help you live for longer and enjoy a healthier life.

What would my chronic disease management plan contain?

Your chronic disease management plan details your treatment program and a schedule of tests, exams, and checkups. Depending on the specifics of your health conditions, you might have medication reviews, physical therapy, specialist appointments, counseling, and support group information in your plan, too.

At the start of your treatment, your provider at Patel & Patel, M.D., Inc. looks at lifestyle issues that could be making your condition worse or increasing your risk of complications, like smoking, excessive drinking, lack of exercise, and high stress levels.

Your chronic disease management plan aims to guide you through the process of changing these unhealthy habits and typically forms a significant part of your treatment.

To find out more about the benefits of chronic disease management, call Patel & Patel, M.D., Inc., or book an appointment online.