Chronic Illness

Hallandale Medical Center

Medical, Dental and Behavioral Health Center located in Hallandale Beach, Florida

Approximately 133 million Americans have a chronic disease and this number is expected to rise to 157 million by 2020. Living with a chronic disease can present significant challenges, which is why you need the right medical team in your corner. At Hallandale Medical Center, the health care providers offer expert oversight and effective management techniques, helping patients in Hallandale Beach, Florida, maintain a good quality of life. To learn more about dealing with a chronic illness, call or use the online request tool.

Chronic Illness Q & A

What are the most common chronic illnesses?

A chronic illness generally has three characteristics:

  • It lasts for a year or more
  • It requires ongoing medical care
  • It limits your life in meaningful ways

The numbers surrounding chronic illnesses in the United States are staggering: Six in 10 adults have one chronic disease and 4 in 10 have two or more chronic illnesses. Accounting for many of these cases are:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Obesity
  • Substance use disorders

It’s important to note that this list only represents the more common chronic illnesses in the US and that there are hundreds more medical conditions that fall under chronic illness.

How are chronic illnesses treated?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question as it depends upon the type of illness you have and its impact on your life.

For example, if you have a diabetes diagnosis, not only do the health care providers at Hallandale Medical Center manage the primary condition, they also work exhaustively to prevent many of the complications that can stem from this chronic illness.

In many cases, there are no cures for chronic illnesses and your medical care comes down to expert management. The team at Hallandale Medical Center understands the steps you need to take to improve your health and your quality of life in the face of a chronic illness and they give you every tool necessary to improve your life.

Can chronic illnesses be prevented or reversed?

Yes! Many of the leading chronic illnesses in the US can be prevented or reversed with the right care. For example, hypertension, high cholesterol, and obesity are great examples of diseases that can be reversed with the right tools and lifestyle changes.

The team at Hallandale Medical Center partners with patients to make these necessary changes, which may include:

  • Losing weight
  • Exercising more
  • Better nutrition
  • Lifestyle changes like quitting smoking or drinking

Whether you’ve already been diagnosed with a chronic illness or you’re dangerously close to developing one, these measures can put you on a far healthier track.

For diseases that can’t be prevented or reversed, the team at Hallandale Medical Center ensures that you have the latest treatment protocols in place.

To learn more about managing chronic illnesses, call Hallandale Medical Center or use the online request appointment tool.