Did you know that chronic diseases are the most common cause of disability? For residents in and around Simi Valley, California, chronic disease management from Farridah Shafiee, DO, of Patient Centered Internal Medicine, is an outstanding way to improve your health and prevent adverse outcomes. Call today or click the online booking page to schedule your visit.

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What is chronic disease?

Once you have been diagnosed with one or more chronic medical conditions, partnering with a skilled and experienced physician for chronic disease management as well as coordination of your medical care should be your next step.

Some examples of common chronic diseases include:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • High cholesterol
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Osteoporosis

These are just a few of the health issues considered chronic diseases.

How can chronic disease management improve my health?

Once you’re diagnosed with one or more chronic diseases, partnering with a skilled physician for chronic disease management as well as coordination of your medical care should be your next step. Treating chronic disease is highly personalized, as everyone has a unique experience with chronic health issues.

Dr. Shafiee begins with a comprehensive physical exam and lab testing to learn more about your current health. She also discusses your health history and current lifestyle, in addition to the goals you’d like to achieve through treatment.

A thorough medication review is an integral part of the process. Many people take medications prescribed by different doctors over a long period of time. Your drug therapy might no longer be meeting your needs, and there is also a risk of adverse drug interactions.

Dr. Shafiee has more than two decades of experience managing chronic disease. Over that time, she’s seen astounding improvements in diagnostic and treatment tools. She also prides herself in keeping up to date with proven treatment options and coordination of care for her patients.

What can I do to prevent chronic disease?

Many chronic diseases are linked to lifestyle choices. According to an expansive body of research, the habits most likely to lead to chronic disease include:

  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Poor nutrition
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Taking time to perform a self-assessment of your choices in these areas is an outstanding way to identify areas where improvements can be made. Coming in for routine physical exams also provides an opportunity to screen for chronic illness and detect trends that can increase your risk level.

Dr. Shafiee works with you to find ways to make meaningful lifestyle improvements that are sustainable over the long term. This approach is a central focus in treating chronic disease and is an ongoing process that can shift and change over time.

When you’re ready to take charge of your health and wellness and move toward improving your experience with chronic disease, call Patient Centered Internal Medicine to schedule a visit, or spend a few moments online to find a time that fits your calendar.