Good Neighbor Clinic
Family Practice and Urgent Care located in Los Angeles, CA
Six out of every 10 adults have at least one chronic condition. These diseases aren’t curable, and they’re the top causes of death in adults. At the Good Neighbor Clinic, we provide ongoing management of chronic conditions. Chronic conditions include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions, lung conditions, and others. To book an appointment, call the office in Los Angeles, California, or request an appointment online today.
General and Family Practice Q & A
What are the most common chronic conditions?
When diagnosed at an early stage, curing a chronic disease is possible. But once you have a full-blown chronic condition, you live with it the rest of your life because today’s treatments do not provide a cure.
These are a few of the most common chronic conditions:
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes causes high blood sugar. When your blood sugar stays too high, it damages small blood vessels and nerves, causing serious problems like non-healing foot ulcers, heart disease, kidney disease, and blindness.
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Hypertension damages your artery walls. High blood pressure also makes your heart work too hard, which leads to heart disease.
When too much cholesterol circulates in your bloodstream, it sticks to damaged areas on the artery walls. Over time, the plaque enlarges and blocks the blood flow through the artery. As a result, you develop peripheral artery disease, carotid artery disease, or coronary artery disease.
Good Neighbor Clinic performs electrocardiograms on-site to quickly evaluate symptoms of heart problems. Heart disease includes many conditions, such as:
- Coronary artery disease
- Fast, slow, and irregular heartbeats
- Heart valve disease
- Heart muscle disease
- Heart infections
These conditions cause symptoms such as chest pain, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, and a fluid buildup in your abdomen and legs.
How are chronic conditions managed?
The best health outcomes for chronic diseases occur when patients and their doctors identify a chronic disease early on. Often, the beginning stages of a chronic disease present little to no noticeable symptoms. For this reason, it’s important to have regular health screenings.
If the initial stages of a chronic disease are identified early on, you have good chances of curing the issue or getting a head start on treatment. If ongoing treatment is needed, your doctor will coach you on the next steps.
The goal of chronic disease management is to keep your symptoms controlled with lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, weight loss, stopping smoking) and medications. When you’re under the care of an experienced physician, managing your health issues can be easy, and you can feel supported in returning to activities that you love.
If you need help with chronic conditions, call the Good Neighbor Clinic or book an appointment online today.