Chronic Medical Conditions Specialist

Elkins Park Family Medicine

Rachel Rosen, MD

Family Medicine Physician located in Elkins Park, PA

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), chronic medical conditions like hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and asthma are not only among the most common, but also the most preventable medical conditions in America today. At Elkins Park Family Medicine in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, Dr. Rosen offers comprehensive care to help you manage your chronic medical condition or prevent these illnesses from developing in the first place. If your goal is to improve your long-term health, call our office to make an appointment today.

Chronic Medical Conditions Q & A

What is a chronic medical condition?

Chronic medical conditions are those that have no known cure, but can be managed and controlled with proper medical care and lifestyle adjustments. The CDC estimates that approximately half of all adults have one or more chronic health conditions. Some of the common chronic medical conditions include:

  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Cancer

 

How are chronic medical conditions treated?

Dr. Rosen offers comprehensive care for a variety of chronic medical conditions. Your treatment depends on your overall health and the severity of your condition.

For example, if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or asthma, Dr. Rosen may recommend lifestyle adjustments. Many patients benefit from changing their diets to one that is rich in vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins and limited in salt, fat, and sugar.

If your chronic health condition is advanced, you may need medications to control your condition. Hypertension is often treated with diuretics, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, and ACE inhibitors. High cholesterol is best controlled with statins. Diabetes is managed with oral medications or even insulin injections. Asthma is controlled by inhalers that may be used on either a daily or as needed basis.

 

How can I prevent chronic medical conditions?

Many chronic medical conditions are preventable with healthy lifestyle choices. Dr. Rosen will work closely with you to help prevent chronic medical conditions from developing.

Healthy lifestyle choices

Leading a healthy life with a balanced diet and plenty of water is critical to limiting your risk of future disease and illness. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight are essential to staying fit.

Exercise not only benefits your physical health, but also your mental health by elevating your mood and decreasing anxiety.  The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of strenuous exercise every week.

In addition to putting healthy things into your body, it is essential to keep unhealthy things out of your body, such as tobacco products.

Routine checkups

Annual wellness check-ups with Dr. Rosen are a great start on the path to wellness. Many chronic conditions do not cause any symptoms until they lead to a medical crisis like a heart attack or stroke. Having routine health screenings, like blood pressure checks and blood work to check your glucose and cholesterol levels, are a good way to assess your risk and learn if you are within healthy limits.

Wellness care

If your health screenings show that you are at risk, Dr. Rosen will make recommendations to help you regain control of your health and decrease your chance of developing chronic medical conditions.  

Take control of your health today, call our office to schedule an appointment.

*Individual results may vary