Management of Acute or Chronic Illness

Dr. Eko is a local leading expert in a number of key areas. As an internist and general medicine practitioner, Dr. Eko specializes in several procedures and diagnostic testing.

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Management of Acute or Chronic Illness

Chronic care is medical care that addresses conditions that are either long-term or pre-existing. Acute care relates to caring for a condition that is short term or severe for a brief period of time. Not treating a chronic illness can ultimately lead to disability.

Managing a chronic illness can feel overwhelming. It means extra check-ups as well as additional monitoring. Many people suffer from a chronic or acute illness that require periodic check-ins. Choosing a physician that heightens comfortability is important. Building a relationship with the physician can mean that patients are more likely to stay on top of their appointments.

Dr. Eko’s bedside manner and attentive nature make it easier to manage ongoing and chronic issues. Patients are made to feel comfortable coming in to the office and recognize that he is ’s best doctor for treating ongoing issues.

There are a number of acute and chronic illnesses that need attention, either on a regular basis, until the issue is resolved, or a mix of both. These conditions and illnesses include:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • CHF
  • UTI
  • Osteoarthritis
  • High cholesterol
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Back pain
  • High blood pressure 
  • Osteoporosis
  • Gout 
  • Seizures
  • Dermatitis
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease 

These conditions all require diagnosis as well as periodic follow-up and check-up. However, Dr. Eko also encourages patients to track their chronic condition in some relevant way. For example, patients with diabetes can be regularly checking their sugar while those with blood pressure issues can be periodically taking their blood pressure at home. By doing so, patients can better inform Dr. Eko of any trends they’ve recently seen. They can also alert the doctor more quickly if something seems particularly different. The information a patient gives Dr. Eko can help to make appropriate adjustments in any medication. Taking care of a chronic illness means treating the disease in trends, not looking at single points in time. 

For some issues, such as high cholesterol, Dr. Eko may suggest the use of a diet and exercise diary, especially if the patient is also attempting to lose weight. Other issues require taking supplements or staying on top of prescription medication. In fact, most chronic illnesses require some medication, though not all. For example, issues with pain may not be treatable with prescription medication. Likewise, not all diabetes requires medication. Those who are not medicated, however, will absolutely require more check-ups.

Many conditions require the patient to be followed by a specialist. For example, issues related to the heart may warrant that the patient works with a cardiologist. Those patients with heart disease will undoubtedly work with a cardiologist. Gastrointestinal issues may need to be followed by a gastroenterologist but that depends on the overall condition. Some issues, such as GERD may be entirely treatable without the assistance of a specialist.

If a specialist is needed for any chronic or acute illness, that specialist will keep Dr. Eko up to date on any changes or recommendations so that Dr. Eko can continue to work effectively with the patient as it relates to managing the condition.

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