Chronic Disease Management

Chronic Disease Management

Chronic Disease Management services offered in Pompano Beach, FL

Enroll in chronic disease management if you’re one of the 133 million Americans living with a long-term or incurable illness. At her eponymous practice in Pompano Beach, Florida, internal medicine physician Simone Van-Horne, MD, uses chronic disease management to treat various illnesses, including heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. Call the practice of Simone Van-Horne, MD, to schedule an appointment, or book your visit online today.

Chronic Disease Management Q&A

Can chronic disease management prevent my illness from worsening?

Yes. Chronic disease management uses patient education, healthy lifestyle changes, and prescription medication to keep incurable illnesses from progressing. Though there’s no cure for chronic conditions, regular checkups and monitoring reduce the risk of complications and help you live your best life. 

What types of issues benefit from chronic disease management?

Dr. Van-Horne uses chronic disease management to treat various illnesses, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Kidney disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Fibromyalgia

You might benefit from chronic disease management if you have a mental health condition, like depression or generalized anxiety disorder.

What does chronic disease management involve?

Dr. Van-Horne tailors chronic disease management to each person’s needs. Usually, that includes several things, including:

Regular checkups

Chronic illnesses, like diabetes and high blood pressure, often get progressively worse. So, it’s important to monitor them regularly. Dr. Van-Horne uses in-person and telehealth appointments to track your condition over time. These visits present an opportunity to see how treatments are working and make adjustments if needed. 

Lab testing

Lab testing analyzes your blood, urine, or saliva to learn more about your chronic illness. For example, you might need regular lab testing if you have diabetes. Keeping your blood sugar within the ideal range reduces your risk of nerve damage (neuropathy), heart disease, and other problems.

Healthy lifestyle changes

Because chronic illnesses aren’t curable, most people need to make lifestyle changes that prevent them from worsening. Dr. Van-Horne advises all people with chronic conditions to exercise regularly, eat healthily, get plenty of sleep, and manage stress. 

Prescription medication

Healthy lifestyle changes reduce your risk of complications, but they aren’t always enough to keep chronic illnesses from worsening. Dr. Van-Horne prescribes medication to complement your efforts. Depending on the condition treated, you might need to take more than one. 

What’s the outlook if I have a chronic disease?

Chronic diseases can’t be cured, but living a healthy lifestyle prevents your condition from worsening. Dr. Van-Horne monitors your health in person and with remote technologies, adjusting your treatment plan as needed. These things help you feel your best and prevent complications so you can participate in all your favorite activities. 

Call the practice of Simone-Van Horne, MD, to learn more about chronic disease management, or book your appointment online today.