What is chronic disease management?
Some diseases don’t have a quick and easy cure, and require more long-term care or management, such as:
• Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
• High cholesterol
Dr. Mope is highly skilled in managing these conditions in order to improve the day to day life of those living with chronic diseases.
How is diabetes managed?
If you suffer from type 2 diabetes, Dr. Mope first tries to manage your blood sugar levels by suggesting lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. If your type 2 diabetes doesn’t respond to these lifestyle changes, or if you have type 1 diabetes, she can prescribe you insulin in order to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level.
How is depression managed?
If you’re living with depression, Dr. Mope might refer you to a psychologist or a psychiatrist. She also might prescribe medication that can help alleviate your symptoms, such as:
• Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
• Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors
• Monoamine oxidase inhibitors
In the case of a severe depressive episode, Dr. Mope can recommend a hospital stay or an outpatient treatment program.
How is anxiety managed?
If you have anxiety that’s interfering with your ability to function in your daily life, Dr. Mope will recommend psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two.
Demonstrably safe and effective medications for treating anxiety include:
For psychotherapy, Dr. Mope might refer you to a cognitive behavioral therapist who will engage with you in a short-term treatment to teach you specific skills for managing your anxiety.
How is COPD managed?
There is a wide range of methods that Dr. Mope can administer to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The first and most important step is to stop smoking. Dr. Mope can help you with this by recommending nicotine replacement products, medications, or a support group.
More advanced stages of the disease might require medications like:
• Inhaled steroids
• Oral steroids
• Phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitors
Dr. Mope might also recommend lung therapies such as oxygen therapy or a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
How is high cholesterol managed?
If you’re living with high cholesterol, this first thing Dr. Mope does is recommend lifestyle changes such as improving your diet or exercising more. If your cholesterol levels are still high after healthy lifestyle changes, Dr. Mope might prescribe one of the following classes of medications:
• Bile-acid-binding resins
• Cholesterol absorption inhibitors
• PCSK9 inhibitors
Dr. Mope will work with you to pick a medication that’s best-suited to your age, health, and personal needs and preferences.
How is hypertension managed?
Dr. Mope can help you manage your hypertension by guiding you through some lifestyle changes, such as eating a heart-healthy diet with less salt, limiting the amount of alcohol you drink, and exercising regularly.
In addition to lifestyle changes, she might also prescribe medications to lower your blood pressure, such as:
• Calcium channel blockers
• ACE inhibitors
• Angiotensin II receptor blockers
Don’t wait to start addressing your chronic disease. Get the help of a medical professional like Dr. Mope by scheduling an appointment. You can call the office or book your visit online.