Chronic Disease Management Specialist

The Art of Medicine Direct, PLLC

Direct Primary Care located in Charlotte, NC

One of the most important steps for your general health and well-being is chronic disease management for diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, asthma, depression, and other common conditions. The direct primary care doctors at The Art of Medicine Direct, PLLC, work hard to build a close and supportive relationship with the men and women of Charlotte, North Carolina, and they regularly monitor their chronic diseases to keep them in check and optimize wellness. Use the online appointment booking now or call The Art of Medicine Direct, PLLC, to schedule a visit very soon.

Chronic Disease Management Q & A

Do I have high cholesterol?

High cholesterol is symptomless, but it increases your risk of heart attacks, strokes and vascular disease. The only way to detect it is a simple blood test typically done at your annual wellness physical. If you have high cholesterol, the doctors at the Art of Medicine Direct will work with you to find the best treatment for you. Treatment for high cholesterol ranges from lifestyle changes like diet and exercise to a wide range of medications. High cholesterol is manageable, and treatment will decrease your risk of vascular disease over your lifespan.

Do I have hypertension?

Hypertension usually has no symptoms, it is even referred to as “the silent killer”.  Your doctor at The Art of Medicine Direct, PLLC, checks you blood pressure each time you visit. If your blood pressure is between 120/80 and 139/89 mmHg, you have prehypertension; between 140/90 and 159/99 mmHg, you have hypertension; over 160/100 is severe hypertension.

If you commit to lifestyle changes like a low salt diet and more exercise, prehypertension can often be managed without medication.  Your doctor can also prescribe the right medication for you and arrange regular monitoring to be sure you blood pressure stays as well controlled as possible.  Proper treatment of hypertension helps lower the risk of stroke and chronic kidney disease.

Do I have diabetes?

Diabetes can sneak up on you and may not have noticeable symptoms.  It is important to have diabetes screening annually. By the time diabetes causes symptoms you may notice your blood sugar is typically very high and has been elevated for quite some time.  These symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Extreme thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Cuts that heal slowly
  • Blurry vision
  • Numbness in feet

Diabetes can be very dangerous, even deadly when it’s not controlled.  At The Art of Medicine Direct, we can make the diagnosis and help you with effective treatment solutions ranging from lifestyle changes to medication.  Proper treatment of diabetes prevents coronary artery disease, chronic kidney disease, blindness and amputations.

Do I have thyroid disease?

Signs of thyroid disease include:

  • Weight changes
  • Cold or heat sensitivity
  • Excessive sweating
  • Bloating
  • Fatigue

Our doctors at The Art of Medicine Direct, PLLC, can help make the correct diagnosis and recommend the best treatment for you.

Do I have a chronic respiratory issue?

Chronic respiratory issues can make you miserable if you try to ignore them. Common problems include:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Allergies

Your doctor at The Art of Medicine Direct, PLLC, can help with testing, diagnosis, and treatments options, such as oral medication, inhaler medications, allergy shots, and much more.

Do I have depression?

If you're losing interest in spending time with others, sleeping more than usual, and having appetite changes, depression may be the cause. Talk to your doctor if you notice these or other changes. There are effective medications that can help.

The doctors at The Art of Medicine Direct, PLLC, are highly experienced in chronic disease management, so book an appointment online or by phone today.