CenterHealth Medical
Chronic Disease Management
Primary Care & Aesthetic & Wellness Clinic located in Downtown Flushing, Flushing, NY
Chronic Disease Management services offered in Downtown Flushing, Flushing, NY

Chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore and can be dangerous to your health. Wan Tan Chang, MD, provides chronic disease management services at the CenterHealth Medical office in Flushing, New York. Dr. Chang understands the importance of managing chronic conditions through lifestyle changes, medications, and regular check-ups. Call the office today or book a consultation online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chang.

Chronic Disease Management Q & A

What are chronic diseases?

Chronic diseases are medical conditions that often require lifelong treatment with medications or lifestyle modifications. According to the National Council on Aging, 85% of older adults have at least one chronic disease. In comparison, 60% have two or more chronic health problems.

The challenge with chronic diseases is that they can significantly impact your quality of life and make it harder to be independent as you get older. Chronic health problems include:

  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

If you have a chronic health condition, you must get regular check-ups to manage your condition. Without the proper treatment, chronic diseases can cause complications to your overall health.


How are chronic diseases managed?

After performing a thorough physical exam, Dr. Chang uses several techniques to manage your chronic condition, including:

  • Medications
  • Blood sugar monitoring
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Support programs
  • Diet and exercise programs

Dr. Chang also provides you with education to help you manage your condition by changing your habits, like improving your diet or increasing exercise. He also may suggest that you quit smoking or using other addictive substances. 

Preventive care is also essential when dealing with chronic diseases. You’re more at risk for flu and other preventable health complications when you have one or more chronic conditions.


How can chronic disease management prevent complications?

Chronic disease management helps you keep your condition under control. Many chronic conditions can lead to other chronic health problems and dangerous complications when left untreated.

For example, untreated diabetes can lead to nerve problems, including diabetic neuropathy and diabetic ulcers. Left untreated, diabetic ulcers can lead to chronic infections and in severe cases, amputation.

High cholesterol causes a substance called plaque to accumulate in your arteries. If a piece of this plaque breaks off, you could suffer a heart attack or a stroke. Both of these have serious consequences on your health.

Untreated high blood pressure also wreaks havoc on your heart and body. You can have a heart attack or stroke as well from severe high blood pressure that you don’t control properly.

Dr. Chang uses all his available resources to help you keep your chronic disease in check. That allows you to avoid serious health issues as you age.

If you need chronic disease management, call Dr. Chang at CenterHealth Medical today, or request a consultation on the website.