Our providers are highly trained in chronic disease management and helping patients control health problems that could become serious if not given the proper attention. Fortunately, with the proper guidance, chronic disease management can help you feel better and improve your overall health. Please let your physician know if you suffer from any of the fol-lowing chronic health conditions. Once you are diagnosed, our primary care providers will help you develop a comprehensive plan to get your health back on track.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Blood pressure is the force of blood against your artery walls as it circulates through your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. Having high blood pressure raises your risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the Unit-ed States. Our medical providers can help patients manage high blood pressure with modifi-cations to diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices.
High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because many people don’t realize they have it. High blood pressure often has no warning signs or symptoms.
The only way to detect whether or not you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure measured by a doctor or health professional—it is quick and painless.
Cholesterol and your body
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and many foods. Your body needs it to work properly and makes all that you need. Too much cholesterol can accumulate depending on the kind of foods you eat and the rate at which your body breaks it down.
Extra cholesterol can build up in your arteries. Over time, cholesterol deposits, called plaque, can narrow your arteries and allow less blood to pass through.
When plaque totally blocks an artery carrying blood to the heart, a heart attack occurs. It also can happen when a deposit ruptures and causes a clot in a coronary artery. Chest pain, also called angina, is caused by plaque partially blocking a coronary artery, reducing blood flow to the heart.
“Bad” and “Good” Cholesterol
Particles called lipoproteins carry cholesterol in the blood. There are two kinds of lipo-proteins you need to know about: LDL and HDL.
Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) cholesterol make up the majority of the body’s cholester-ol. LDL is known as “bad” cholesterol because having high levels can lead to a buildup in the arteries and result in heart disease.
High-density lipoproteins (HDL) cholesterol absorbs cholesterol and carry it back to the liver, which flushes it from the body. High levels of HDL, or “good” cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Lowering your cholesterol levels
You can take several steps to maintain a normal cholesterol level.
- Get a blood test.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise regularly.
- Don’t smoke.
- Treat high cholesterol.
If you have high cholesterol, your doctor may prescribe medications in addition to life-style changes. Talk with the providers at Western Wayne Medical about how to reduce your risk for heart disease.
Signs and symptoms
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs. But, when you have too much in your blood, it can build up on the walls of your arteries. This can lead to heart disease and stroke.
There are generally no symptoms of high cholesterol. Many people have never had their cholesterol checked, so they don’t know they’re at risk. A simple blood test can tell you your level. If you believe you are at risk contact us and schedule your check up today.
Heart Disease Management
Heart disease is a common but serious medical condition and serves as the most common cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Our physicians at can help you manage heart disease through regular check-ups, medical therapy and lifestyle coaching.
Thyroid Disease Management: Hypothyroidism
There are numerous conditions that impact the thyroid gland, which helps the body control metabolism. Whether you suffer from hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or another condition associated with the thyroid, managing the disease is an important part of your overall health.
Our team can help you keep thyroid disease in control and help you regain energy and strength through chronic disease management.
Millions of Americans suffer from depression each year and many go without treatment. We can assist with the diagnosis and treatment of depression, with both medical therapy and/or referrals for alternative therapies such as psychological counseling, acupuncture, yoga, etc.
Patients who suffer from insomnia may have trouble concentrating or carrying out regular daily activities. Since prolonged insomnia can be caused by other health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or hyperthyroidism, it’s important to talk to your doctor about your inability to fall asleep. Our primary care providers can help patients manage insomnia for better overall health.