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Patient-centered Care: Why 24-7 Access to Your Primary Care Doctor Matters

Patient-centered Care: Why 24-7 Access to Your Primary Care Doctor Matters

by Yenny (SU)
Remember the days when you could see your primary care doctor if you got sick? Well, in today’s busy healthcare environment, this rarely occurs. Have you experienced calling in to your primary care doctor’s office with an acute illness, only to be offered an appointment in three or four days…or longer? Ultimately, you probably ended up going to an urgent care center and seeing a provider you didn’t know and who didn’t know you.

Everything You Need to Know About GERD

Everything You Need to Know About GERD

by Shearly (SU)
You just got home from having dinner at your favorite restaurant and wow, did you enjoy yourself! Appetizers, salad, main course, dessert and coffee--you were on top of the world. But now, you’re not feeling too great. You have a little heartburn, maybe a bellyache, can’t stop burping, and maybe a little reflux. You’ve heard about GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and you wonder, “Do I have this?” Should you go see a doctor?

Hyper- Versus Hypo-Thyroidism

Hyper- Versus Hypo-Thyroidism

by Shearly (SU)
The thyroid is an important gland located in the front part of the neck, which produces hormones that regulate metabolism throughout your body. Thyroid hormone (TH) plays a number of important roles in the body, including regulating the breakdown of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, regulating heat production, maintaining healthy bones and muscle tone, promoting growth, and maintaining normal lung and heart function. Illnesses that disrupt the amount of TH being released by the thyroid gland can be classified into two categories: hyperthyroidism, which is the production of too much TH, and hypothyroidism, which is the production of too little TH. Both are serious conditions that require medical treatment and routine monitoring.

Concierge Medicine and Patient Relationships

Concierge Medicine and Patient Relationships

by Shearly (SU)
When you go to the doctor, do you feel like a number? Are you checked in as a “name, date of birth, and medical record number,” often without the courtesy of eye contact? You may not even be able to see your own doctor when you are sick. In today’s healthcare environment, that is exactly the way many people feel.

Important Info About Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Important Info About Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

by Shearly (SU)
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge or enlarged, weakened area of the bottom area of the aorta. This can be life threatening, because the aorta is the largest blood vessel in your body. It is roughly the diameter of a garden hose, running from your heart down to the abdomen, where it splits into two main sections. Because it is so long, the aorta is identified by the compartment where it is located. In other words, the thoracic aorta is in the chest and the abdominal aorta is in the abdomen, even though it is really one structure that passes through different areas.

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