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Chronic Disease Management

Scottsdale Private Physicians, LLC

Family Practice & Internal Medicine Physicians located in Scottsdale, AZ

Millions of people live with chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and dementia. If you're one of them, Helene Wechsler, MD, and Scott Bernstein, MD, at Scottsdale Private Physicians, LLC, can help. They provide expert chronic disease management at their two offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, that can help you live more comfortably with your condition. Find out how you could benefit from chronic disease management by calling Scottsdale Private Physicians, LLC, today or by booking an appointment online.

Chronic Disease Management Q & A

What is a chronic disease?

Chronic diseases are those that persist for longer than three months, although in many cases, these conditions last for years. Some chronic diseases are incurable, but with careful management and support from Scottsdale Private Physicians, LLC, you can enjoy better health and longer life.

Examples of common chronic diseases that millions of people across the United States live with include:

  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Dementia


These conditions can have a significant effect on your ability to lead a normal life and may cause a variety of complications, some of which are potentially life-threatening. It's also common for people with chronic diseases to experience mood disorders like depression and anxiety.

What is chronic disease management?

Chronic disease management aims to help you optimize your health and minimize the impact of your condition.

At Scottsdale Private Physicians, LLC, your chronic disease management plan considers all aspects of your life that could influence your health, such as:

  • Your age
  • Medical history
  • Family history
  • Diet and lifestyle
  • How much you exercise
  • Smoking or substance abuse
  • Your alcohol intake
  • Stress levels
  • Comorbidities (other diseases)
  • Your work and home life
  • Your environment


After preparing a chronic disease management plan for you, Scottsdale Private Physicians, LLC, schedules any routine tests and exams you need and performs regular reviews of your progress. This ensures that your doctor can monitor your condition closely and act if there's any decline in your health.

What would my chronic disease management plan involve?

Every patient's chronic disease management plan is unique to them, but there are some common themes:

Healthy lifestyle

Many chronic diseases develop because of unhealthy habits like smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, and poor diet. Even when they're not the cause, these lifestyle problems make your condition worse. Scottsdale Private Physicians, LLC, can advise you on how to make any necessary changes, such as quitting smoking and losing weight.

Evaluation

If you have a condition that's likely to deteriorate, like arthritis or dementia, Scottsdale Private Physicians, LLC, can assess you at intervals to see how your situation is changing. They can also check for complications, such as diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a common problem in people with diabetes.

Treatment

The treatments used in chronic disease management vary depending on your condition. You might require one or more medications, such as beta-blockers for a heart condition, glutamate inhibitors for dementia, or pain relief for arthritis. Physical, occupational, and behavioral therapies can also be invaluable.

To benefit from chronic disease management, call Scottsdale Private Physicians, LLC, today or book an appointment online.