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Chronic Care Management Specialist

Internal Medicine & Cardiologists in Mesa, AZ

Chronic Care Management services offered in Mesa. AZ


No one plans to have a lifelong health condition, yet 60% of adults have a chronic disease. With chronic care management from Shantha Kumar, MD, and the team at Clear Choice Physicians, you can slow down or stop disease progression by keeping your condition tightly controlled. Managing your disease with support from the team gives you the best chance of living a long, healthy life. If you need chronic care management, call the office in Mesa, Arizona, or book an appointment online today.

Chronic Care Management Q & A

What is chronic care management?

Chronic care management focuses on the customized treatment needed for a long-lasting disease. While most chronic diseases are preventable, after they develop, there’s currently no cure. Additionally, these diseases get progressively worse, leading to serious, life-threatening complications.

You have a chronic condition for the rest of your life, making it essential to slow down or stop disease progression. That’s what chronic care management at Clear Choice Physicians is all about.

 

What diseases need chronic care management?

Clear Choice Physicians diagnoses and manages all types of chronic diseases. A few of the most common include:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Dementia
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Long-lasting pain-causing conditions such as fibromyalgia are also chronic diseases.

 

What should I expect during chronic care management?

The type of chronic disease management you need depends on your diagnosis. For example, if you have diabetes, managing your disease means keeping your blood sugar in the normal range. But, managing asthma involves avoiding triggers and taking medications to prevent flare-ups.

Though Clear Choice Physicians customizes each person's management plan, chronic diseases generally require:

Lifestyle changes

The foods you eat, whether you're overweight or get exercise, and habits like smoking and drinking alcohol have a significant influence on chronic diseases. Your lifestyle has the power to improve your chronic disease or make it worse.

Diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can raise or lower blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure. You also need special diets to take stress off your heart, kidneys, and liver.

Your provider evaluates your lifestyle habits, does nutritional assessments, and recommends a plan to promote your health and manage chronic disease.

Medications

At an early stage, lifestyle changes may be enough to fully manage your chronic disease. However, some diseases, such as asthma, COPD, and dementia, don't respond to dietary changes. And in many cases, lifestyle changes aren't enough to keep you healthy. Your provider prescribes medications that target your unique needs.

Specialist care

Clear Choice Physicians has some specialists on staff, such as cardiologists, but if you need another type of care, your internal medicine provider makes the referral and continues to serve as your primary care physician (PCP). As your PCP, they coordinate and manage all your health care.

When you need compassionate chronic care management, call Clear Choice Physicians or book an appointment online today.

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