Chronic Disease

Pinnacle Health Group

Primary Care Practice located in Tampa, FL

With preventive care and early intervention, chronic diseases — conditions that last for over a year — are certainly manageable and treatable. The expert practitioners at Pinnacle Health Group in Tampa, Florida, offer comprehensive screenings for chronic diseases and can get you treated if anything is out of the ordinary. Book your chronic disease evaluation and screening online or call the office to speak with a team member.

Chronic Disease Q & A

What are chronic diseases?

Chronic diseases are generally defined as any sort of health condition that lasts for over a year. They can require you to receive ongoing medical attention or treatment and can even start lowering your quality of life. Some of the most common chronic diseases in the United States include:

  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease

Several types of gynecologic conditions, including cervical cancer, are considered chronic diseases, too.

Why do chronic diseases occur?

Chronic diseases are often linked to genetics, although your lifestyle and certain environmental factors can also increase your risk of developing chronic conditions. Many chronic diseases are caused by or related to:

  • Smoking or secondhand smoke
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • High alcohol consumption
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Inadequate sleep
  • Poor diet

Because chronic diseases tend to develop gradually over time — sometimes over a period of several years — it’s important to have routine exams and laboratory testing. Your Pinnacle Health Group provider monitors your health and checks for any warning signs of chronic disease and, if needed, gets you started on treatment.

Are there symptoms of chronic disease?

Because chronic diseases tend to develop slowly, you may not notice any symptoms. Plus, many chronic diseases have nonspecific symptoms, so you might not realize anything is wrong. Depending on your specific condition, you may experience:

  • Joint pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest discomfort
  • Frequent urination
  • Diarrhea or constipation

If any of these issues sound familiar, don’t hesitate another day to schedule an exam at Pinnacle Health Group to get started on treatment.

How are chronic diseases treated?

Treating chronic diseases involves a combination of lifestyle changes and medical therapies. Your chronic disease treatment plan from Pinnacle Health Group may include:

  • Blood sugar management for diabetes
  • Prescription medication management
  • Dietary and nutritional counseling
  • Smoking cessation treatments
  • Exercise planning

Your dedicated practitioner at Pinnacle Health Group can also partner with your specialist, like if you need to see a cardiologist for heart disease, to ensure you’re continuing to progress healthfully.

You can conveniently schedule your chronic disease exam at Pinnacle Health Group through the online scheduler, or you can call to book a visit.

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