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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.

The Role of Primary Care Physicians in the Management of Chronic Disease States

The Role of Primary Care Physicians in the Management of Chronic Disease States

by Shearly (SU)
Do you have a chronic condition? If you do, you’re not alone. Up to 45% of all Americans have been diagnosed with at least one chronic illness, and most of them take at least one medication for hypertension, high cholesterol, or diabetes. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 11% of Americans and up to 40% of those 60 years old and older take 5 or more medications daily. Once affected with a chronic illness, you need help to manage the symptoms, to minimize complications, and to stay as healthy as possible. With highly specialized education and training, your primary care physician is your best ally in managing all of your chronic disease states.

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