Chronic Disease Management Specialist

Murphy Medical Associates

Acute Primary Care & Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Greenwich, Stamford, & Stratford, CT

Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and chronic lung diseases, are the leading cause of disability and death in the United States. If you’re at risk of or have a long-lasting disease, the primary care team at Murphy Medical Associates in Stamford, Stratford, and Greenwich, Connecticut, can help. They offer chronic disease management to relieve your symptoms and prevent potentially serious complications. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online with the medical team today.

Chronic Disease Management Q & A

What are chronic diseases?

Chronic diseases are long-term diseases that last a year or longer and may require ongoing medical treatment or lifestyle changes. Examples of common chronic diseases include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Thyroid and other hormone imbalances
  • Depression 

While these diseases can last a lifetime, proper chronic disease management can reduce your risk of developing serious complications like heart attack, stroke, organ damage, nerve damage, and foot or eye problems.

What are the symptoms of chronic diseases?

You might not have any symptoms with a chronic disease, especially in its early stages. But if you experience unusual or new symptoms, see the Murphy Medical Associates team for an evaluation. 

Examples include chronic pain, fatigue, unexplained weight loss or gain, frequent urination, chest pain, swelling, breathing problems, hair or skin changes, and mood or memory issues.

What are the risk factors for chronic diseases?

Anybody can develop a chronic disease, but certain factors increase your risk. Examples include:

  • Overweight and obesity
  • Family history of chronic diseases
  • Genetics
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Poor nutritional habits
  • Stress

Ways to lower your risk of developing a disease include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, not smoking, and limiting added sugar, saturated fat, and alcohol.

How are chronic diseases diagnosed?

To diagnose your condition, the Murphy Medical Associates team reviews your symptoms and discusses your medical history. They complete a physical exam and might use blood tests, urine tests, skin prick or breathing tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures to make a final diagnosis.

What is chronic disease management?

Your personalized chronic disease management plan at Murphy Medical Associates is based on the type and severity of your condition. Your primary care expert might recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Diet, weight loss, physical activity, or other lifestyle changes
  • Dietary supplements or vitamin therapy
  • Oral medications
  • Insulin injections
  • Allergy shots
  • Inhalers
  • Medical marijuana
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and regenerative medicine
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Minor surgical procedures

Murphy Medical Associates staff work with patients of all ages, including the Medicare population, to restore their quality of life and maximize their life expectancy. Primary care providers can refer out to qualified specialists in your area for complex medical cases.

If you have or suspect a chronic disease, schedule an appointment with Murphy Medical Associates over the phone or online for premium chronic disease management.