Chronic Care Specialist

Grayhawk Family Practice

Concierge Medicine located in Scottsdale, AZ

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 60% of all adults have one chronic disease and 40% have two or more. The great challenge of chronic disease is that it isn’t curable; rather, the disease requires constant chronic care for the rest of your life. The compassionate team members at Grayhawk Family Practice offer their expertise and support with customized chronic care. To learn how they can help you manage your disease and maintain optimal health, call the office in Scottsdale, Arizona, or book an appointment online.

Chronic Care Q & A

 

What should I know about chronic care?

Chronic care refers to the ongoing treatment that’s required when you have a chronic disease. After a chronic disease develops, it can’t be cured with the treatments currently available. To keep the disease under control and stay healthy, you need ongoing chronic care.

These are examples of the most common chronic diseases:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Thyroid disorders (over- and under-active)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Cardiovascular disease

Chronic diseases progressively worsen and lead to serious complications when they’re not well managed.


What is chronic care?

Chronic care is different for each type of illness. For example, patients with diabetes must keep their blood sugar steady and at a normal level to prevent nerve damage, while those with hypertension need to lower their blood pressure and keep it there to prevent coronary artery disease.

Your individualized treatment plan incorporates lifestyle changes like diet, nutrition, and exercise, as well as prescription medications, and naturopathic therapies, all targeted to meet your ongoing health care needs.

The thing to remember about chronic care is that your treatment plan must be consistently followed throughout your lifetime in order to keep your disease well controlled.

If you need chronic care, you may benefit from concierge medicine. This unique service offered by Grayhawk Family Practice provides extensive access to your medical care for one minimal fee.

Any time you have a flare-up or concerns about your chronic disease, your fee comes with several guarantees: that you can communicate with your provider 24/7 (via phone, text, or email); that you can come in for unlimited office visits; and that your appointments are 1-2 hours long, so you’ll have plenty of time to discuss your concerns and receive optimal health care.


Can chronic care help when I need a specialist?

Yes, your chronic care team at Grayhawk Family Practice coordinates and manages any type of specialized care you may need. Referrals to specialists are easy — just make a phone call and they’ll handle your referral.

They also work closely with a top neurologist who can help when you face cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s and other dementias.


What role does emotional health have in chronic care?

Dealing with an ongoing illness causes stress, depression, and anxiety. At the same time, these mental health concerns can also worsen chronic disease.

The team at Grayhawk Family Practice specializes in counseling about your emotional well-being and providing natural, behavioral, and medical care to help heal the problem.

If you need chronic care for any health concern, call Grayhawk Family Practice or book an appointment online.