The likelihood of developing a chronic illness such as diabetes or hypertension sadly increases as we get older. Some chronic issues range from being simply inconvenient to be downright painful. In a worst-case scenario, certain conditions can even make you more susceptible to other illnesses or even put your life in danger if not treated properly. If you think you may have a chronic condition or are concerned about developing one, Dr. Gordon can help. At Comprehensive Family Medicine & Aesthetics, we provide evaluations and ongoing support to help our patients feel better.
What Is a Chronic Illness?
A chronic illness is a health condition or disease that lasts a long time. Certain such illnesses can develop with age and persist, although this is not always the case. If an illness lasts more than three months, it is considered chronic, as opposed to acute. Chronic conditions can include potentially terminal illnesses like breast cancer or colon cancer, but can also include health concerns like diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure that could lead to a heart attack or stroke. Then there are those chronic conditions that cause chronic pain, like arthritis or other kinds of inflammation.
What Causes Chronic Illnesses?
Chronic illnesses can develop over time due to poor lifestyle habits such as an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise. In some cases, excessive sun exposure without the use of sunblock can also lead to complications like skin cancer. Hypertension can develop due to stress and can eventually lead to heart-related issues such as a stroke or heart attack. If you are concerned about your lifestyle and need a bit of guidance to change it, our team can provide you with the advice and direction you need.
How Do We Address Illnesses?
Dr. Gordon employs a concierge medicine approach when addressing chronic and acute illness management. As an experienced family physician with over 18 years of experience, she can tackle a range of different issues.
As part of her dedication, Dr. Gordon gives her patients extended consultations spanning 30-40 minutes as well as 24/7 access to her services via email, phone, and text. As part of our personalized healthcare model, we offer the following services:
Chronic Illness Treatments in West Columbia, SC
Struggling with a chronic illness can lead to severe long-term complications if left untreated. Whether you have hypertension or would like to change your dietary habits, Dr. Gordon can help. Get in touch with our team today by filling out the form below or giving us a call at (803) 814-2288. We offer same-day appointments for your convenience as well as 24/7 access via phone, email, or text.