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Chronic Conditions Specialist

Raintree Healthcare

Primary Care Practices & Pediatric Care located in Allen, TX

Chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, can occur in children or adults and may lead to serious health complications if left untreated. At Raintree Healthcare in Allen, Texas, primary care physicians Yuri Cook, MD, FAAP, Hoang Ho, MD, and the team offer prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment for chronic conditions to restore your quality of life. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to improve your health today.

Chronic Conditions Q&A

What is a chronic condition?

Chronic conditions are long-lasting diseases and illnesses associated with complications if left untreated. Examples of common chronic conditions, or chronic diseases, include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Prediabetes and diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis or chronic pain
  • Asthma and allergies
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Kidney or lung diseases

Without proper treatment, some of these chronic conditions can lead to serious complications like heart attack, stroke, organ damage, foot issues, vision problems, and even early death. Routine disease detection and early treatment can drastically improve your quality of life.

What are the risk factors for chronic conditions?

Chronic conditions can happen to anybody, but the following factors increase your risk.

  • Overweight and obesity
  • Physical inactivity 
  • Poor dietary habits
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Older age
  • Genetics
  • Family history
  • Stress

You might not experience symptoms with a chronic disease, which is why routine screening is important.

How are chronic conditions diagnosed?

To diagnose chronic conditions, your Raintree Healthcare specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history. 

They complete a comprehensive physical exam and might use blood tests, imaging procedures, urine tests, allergy testing, breathing tests, or an electrocardiogram (EKG) to confirm a diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan.

What is the treatment for chronic conditions?

Your chronic disease treatment might include one or more of the following.

Lifestyle changes

Losing weight if you’re overweight, eating more fruits and vegetables, reducing dietary sodium, getting regular exercise, and reducing stress are examples of lifestyle changes that can lower your risk of or help you better manage a chronic disease.

Medications or dietary supplements

Taking medications or dietary supplements can help you manage a chronic condition and prevent complications.

Injections

Hyaluronic acid, steroid, or regenerative medicine injections help alleviate joint pain and improve musculoskeletal function if you have arthritis or another inflammatory condition.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy can alleviate chronic pain and increase strength and flexibility if you suffer from a long-lasting injury.

Surgery

If you have a complex health issue requiring a minor surgical procedure, your Raintree Healthcare provider refers you to a qualified specialist in your area.

Don’t live with high blood pressure or other chronic conditions when simple treatment options are available at Raintree Healthcare. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.