Chronic Care Management Specialist

Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance Primary Care

General Internal Medicine located in Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Nearly one in four adults suffers from a chronic condition. Ahmar Butt, MD, Lalasa Valasareddi, MD, and the team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance Primary Care understand how important it is to properly manage chronic conditions. That’s why they provide chronic care management at their office in the Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. If you have a chronic condition like diabetes or hypertension, call or book an appointment online today.

Chronic Care Management Q&A

What is chronic care management?

Chronic care management refers to the long-term medical care that the team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance provides for patients with a chronic condition. A chronic disease is any condition that lasts six months or more.

Many chronic conditions require long-term care because they can worsen over time without treatment. They may also put you at risk of developing more serious conditions or diseases.

Which conditions require chronic care management?

Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance manages many chronic conditions at their office.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that develops from high blood sugar levels. Your pancreas produces a hormone called insulin. Insulin helps turn sugar from the food you eat into energy that your body can use. 

If you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t produce insulin (Type 1 diabetes) or doesn’t use the hormone properly (Type 2 diabetes).

Without proper diabetes management, this chronic disease can lead to vision loss, nerve damage, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and limb loss.

Hypertension

Hypertension is high blood pressure that develops over time. It occurs when the force of blood is too high against your artery walls. 

What makes hypertension difficult to diagnose is that it often doesn’t cause symptoms. That’s why it’s important to schedule an annual physical exam at least once a year.

If undetected for a long period of time, hypertension increases your risk of damaged arteries, stroke, and heart attack.

Congestive heart failure

If your heart stops pumping blood to your body as well as it should, you may have congestive heart failure. This is a potentially dangerous condition that increases your risk of stroke, kidney damage, and liver damage.

Common symptoms of congestive heart failure include shortness of breath, swollen legs, fatigue, and a fast heartbeat.

What is included in chronic care management?

How the team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance creates your care plan depends on the condition you have, your symptoms, and the severity of your disease. In your chronic care management plan, you can expect:

  • Medical history review
  • Frequent in-office visits
  • Certain medications
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Diet changes
  • Exercise plan
  • Blood work
  • Health screenings

The team’s primary goal is to keep you as healthy as possible. They tailor your chronic care management plan to suit your needs and health goals. With frequent office visits, the team can monitor your progress and make adjustments to your plan as needed.

To schedule an appointment with the team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance, call or book online today.