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Chronic Conditions

Many people may have chronic conditions and not even know it.

HYPERTENSION

Hypertension is known as a “silent killer” because the first symptom is often stroke or heart attack. When your blood pressure is steadily high (usually above 140/90) it can cause small blood vessels in major organs, such as heart, kidneys, and brain, to become damaged.

This disease can lead to life changing problems. Yearly screening is recommended for patients with high risk and every 3-5 years for patients with low risk.

 

TYPE 2 DIABETES

Diabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugars which can lead to serious damage to the heart, eyes, kidneys, and nerves over time. Symptoms include increased thirst, frequent urination, hunger, fatigue, and blurred vision. Sometimes there are no symptoms.

Because Diabetes can go unnoticed for years it can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, and damage to the eyes. Recognizing the signs and symptoms is imperative to treating and possibly reversing the disease.

Risk factors for diabetes include, family history, Ethnicity (African American, Pacific Islander), high blood pressure, overweight, and lack of physical activity.

 

CANCER

Cancer is another silent killer. It can grow and spread without symptoms in its early stages. Many cancers can be detected and treated early leading to a full recovery.  

Pancreatic and ovarian cancers are among the biggest culprits of silent cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer deaths according to MUSC Health.

Each type of cancer can come with its set of risk factors. However general risk factors for cancer include smoking, family history, obesity, and alcohol.

These three major diseases can most often be treated or reversed with early detection. Unfortunately, for various reasons patients do not seek treatment until symptoms become severe, which can be too late.

Why do patients procrastinate? Are you too busy? Do you feel “it won’t happen to me”? Are your deductibles too high? You just don’t feel like it? The drive is too far? The wait is too long?

Seeing a provider early, before a crisis event, can be cost effective, and avoid physical and emotional trauma. 

Webster Wellness focuses on prevention and primary care leading to early detection and intervention. Webster Wellness Healthcare is here to put you on the road to good health. Call to book your free consultation at 480-999-4539.

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