Chronic Illness Management Specialist

Nader Ewaida, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Hope Internal Medicine and Sleep Clinic

Nader Ewaida, MD

Internal Medicine & Sleep Medicine Specialist located in North Richland Hills, TX

Half of all adults in the United States have one or more chronic illnesses. Because chronic illnesses are responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths, this is a cause for real concern. Dr. Nader Ewaida at Hope Internal Medicine & Sleep Clinic encourages you to get annual wellness checkups; routine screening for chronic illnesses can help you prevent and treat disease. To learn more about how to prevent chronic illness or to get help managing your condition, call the office in North Richland Hills, Texas or book an appointment online.

Chronic Illness Management Q & A

What is chronic illness?

A chronic illness lasts at least three months, but most last much longer, often a lifetime. Some of the most common chronic diseases are:

  • Heart disease and heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pulmonary disease

When chronic illnesses aren’t carefully managed, they take a serious toll on your health. For example, arthritis is the leading cause of disability, and diabetes is one of the top two causes of kidney failure.

What are the symptoms of chronic illnesses?

Although there are exceptions, such as asthma, most chronic diseases don’t cause symptoms for many years. You’ll only experience symptoms after the disease has progressed enough to damage tissues and organs.

Can I prevent chronic illnesses?

Most chronic illnesses are preventable because they arise from risk factors such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • Diet high in sodium
  • Diet high in added sugar
  • Tobacco use or exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Overconsumption of alcohol

You can prevent chronic disease by taking steps to eliminate your risk factors. Getting a yearly wellness exam is also important. Dr. Ewaida can detect subtle changes and proactively start treatment in time to prevent disease.

If you wait years before getting a wellness exam, small changes that could have been easily treated have time to progress into advanced stage chronic disease.

How is chronic illness managed?

Once the chronic illness is diagnosed, it’s managed by taking the steps necessary to prevent it from worsening.

Dr. Ewaida develops a customized plan for each patient, offering lifestyle guidelines and prescribing medications when needed. He manages diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and all other chronic illnesses, including:  

Kidney disease

When managing kidney disease, it’s essential to keep your blood pressure and blood sugar under control and to follow a special diet.

Heart failure

Heart failure occurs when your heart can’t pump enough blood out to your body due to weak muscles and leaky valves. You can manage heart failure in the same way as other chronic illnesses: with weight loss, dietary changes, and medication.

Pulmonary disease

Dr. Ewaida creates a plan to improve airflow and reduce your symptoms, which often includes avoiding triggers, inhaled medications, and respiratory therapy.

Whether you want to prevent chronic illnesses or need help managing them, call Hope Internal Medicine & Sleep Clinic or book an appointment online.