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Chronic Care

Jennifer Gwozdz, MD -  - Family Medicine

Family Clinic

Jennifer Gwozdz, MD

Family Medicine located in Katy, TX & Houston, TX

Chronic health problems can take an enormous toll on your daily quality of life. Finding the right treatment plan is essential to your overall health, and is an area of specialty of Jennifer Gwozdz, MD, and her team at Family Clinic in Houston and Katy, Texas. If you’re searching for the best diagnostic and treatment for a chronic health issue, come in today for a thorough exam and a discussion of treatment options.

Chronic Care Q & A

What is chronic care?

Chronic care is an area of medical practice that focuses on managing long term health issues. According to the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as many as 117 million adults are living with at least one chronic health condition.  

Some examples of chronic disease include:

  • Asthma
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Lupus
  • High cholesterol

These are just some of the health issues that fall under the definition of chronic disease. 

What is the treatment focus for chronic care?

The first step involves a thorough diagnostic exam. Determining the cause of your symptoms is critical to creating a customized treatment plan that can help. 

Once Dr. Gwozdz or a member of her team has identified the source of your illness, treatment focuses on managing your condition to relieve pain, improve function, and enhance your daily quality of life. 

Some issues, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, can be effectively treated through a combination of medications and lifestyle modification. You can achieve astounding improvements in your overall health and eventually bring your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar back into a normal range.

Other issues, like asthma and allergies, are managed by learning how to identify triggers that lead to an attack, then making an effort to avoid those triggers. Medications and other treatments can also help reduce attacks and give you more control over your daily life. 

What if my chronic care needs change over time?

It isn’t uncommon for chronic care needs to shift as you move through treatment. In fact, many of those changes are beneficial and mean that your health is improving. Dr. Gwozdz and her team are there to support you as you move through treatment. Your successes will be celebrated, and your setbacks will be addressed with a new approach if needed. 

If it becomes apparent that you need specialized care or a type of treatment not available through Family Clinic, Dr. Gwozdz can refer you to a specialist who can help. Once that treatment is complete, the Family Clinic team will work with your specialist to coordinate your ongoing care. 

Don’t live with the limitations and pain of chronic health issues when there are effective treatments available. Stop by today to learn more about the chronic care services available through Family Clinic.