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Congestive Heart Failure

Almost 6 million Americans have heart failure, a serious and progressive condition. Monitoring your health can catch this condition before too much damage has occurred. Prime Internal Medicine Associates in Dallas provides regular checkups to monitor high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic conditions that raise your risk of heart failure. Don’t delay in getting the care you need.

 

Call the office today or schedule a consultation with one of the physicians at Prime Internal Medicine Associates online.

Congestive Heart Failure Q&A

What is congestive heart failure?


Congestive heart failure occurs when your heart isn’t strong enough to meet your body’s needs. Although your heart is still working, it doesn’t pump enough blood. Congestive heart failure is chronic and progressive, which means it grows worse over time. It can affect both sides of your heart. Women are just as likely to develop congestive heart failure as men, but it tends to occur later in life among women. Congestive heart failure is more common if you’re over age 65, overweight, or have had a heart attack. African Americans are at greater risk for this condition than other populations.




What are the signs of congestive heart failure?


Symptoms of congestive heart failure may come and go and range from mild to severe. Common signs include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Leg weakness when you’re active
  • Swelling in your ankles, legs, and stomach
  • Weight gain
  • Needing to urinate at night
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fainting
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeats
  • Dry, hacking cough
  • Bloating
If you’re already experiencing these symptoms, schedule an exam at Prime Internal Medicine Associates as soon as possible. Congestive heart failure generally grows worse over time. As it worsens, you may experience different symptoms, or your symptoms become more noticeable.




Who is at risk for congestive heart failure?


Certain conditions can raise your risk of developing the condition, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Obesity
  • Family history of congestive heart failure
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
Since congestive heart failure develops gradually, your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider encourages you to come in at least once a year for a checkup. If you have one or more of these risk factors, the team may recommend you visit more frequently so they can intervene if signs of congestive heart failure appear.




How is congestive heart failure treated?


Medications and lifestyle changes may improve your quality of life. Prime Internal Medicine Associates refers you to a cardiologist, as appropriate, and works closely with them on your treatment. In some cases, you may need surgery to repair damaged valves or open blocked arteries.





Quality medical care can help prevent or manage congestive heart failure. Call Prime Internal Medicine Associates today or schedule your checkup online.

 

COPD

If you’re coughing or wheezing, these may be signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is often caused by smoking or exposure to irritants. The team of physicians at Prime Internal Medicine Associates in Dallas can diagnose your condition so you can receive treatment to help you breathe easily again. Take a step for your lasting health today by calling the office or booking a consultation online.

COPD Q&A

What is GERD?


GERD is gastroesophageal reflux disease. The condition occurs when your stomach acid flows back into the tube connecting your stomach and mouth. Sometimes you can taste the backwash in the back of your mouth. The backwash, also called acid reflux, can irritate the lining of your esophagus, causing heartburn-like feelings and other symptoms. While acid reflux happens to almost everybody from time to time, GERD occurs more often. You may have GERD if you have mild acid reflux at least twice a week or moderate-to-serious acid reflux that occurs at least once a week.




What are the symptoms of GERD?


GERD may cause:

  • Heartburn
  • Chest pain
  • Feeling like there’s something in your throat
  • Regurgitation (where your stomach contents reach your mouth)
  • Difficulty swallowing
At night, you might also experience:
  • Persistent cough
  • Insomnia
  • Laryngitis
  • New or worsening asthma
If you’re experiencing these symptoms frequently or if your symptoms are severe, it’s best to contact Prime Internal Medicine Associates for a diagnosis to prevent your condition from worsening. Also, call Prime Internal Medicine Associates if you’re taking over-the-counter heartburn medications more than twice a week.




How is GERD diagnosed?


Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider begins by taking a full medical history and performing a physical exam. They may be able to diagnose your condition with just a physical exam and a review of your symptoms. In other cases, they recommend an X-ray, diagnostic tests, or endoscopy to confirm your diagnosis. Endoscopy is a noninvasive procedure involving a thin, flexible camera-equipped tube that’s inserted down your throat to examine your esophagus and stomach.




How is GERD treated?


Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider designs a treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms and condition. Your plan may include over-the-counter or prescription medications to block acid production or help your esophagus to relax. Making simple lifestyle changes can help improve your condition. Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider suggests:

  • Avoiding spicy, acidic, or fatty foods
  • Forgoing alcohol
  • Consuming smaller meals
  • Not eating close to bedtime
  • Losing weight if necessary
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothing





Quality medical care can help prevent or manage COPD. Call Prime Internal Medicine Associates today or schedule your checkup online.

 

Diabetes

Diabetes affects more than 30 million Americans, but Prime Internal Medicine Associates helps manage this common condition to prevent serious complications, such as congestive heart failure. Conveniently located in Dallas, the practice helps to manage both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Get expert medical care today by calling Prime Internal Medicine Associates or booking a consultation online.

Diabetes Q&A

What is diabetes?


Diabetes occurs when your pancreas doesn’t produce insulin, or when your body doesn’t use the insulin that is produced properly. The first condition is type 1 diabetes, while the second is type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can affect almost every aspect of your health. Managing your blood sugar may prevent health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and nerve damage that can occur when you have diabetes.




How does Type 1 Diabetes differ from Type 2 Diabetes?


People who have type 1 diabetes have a problem with their immune system. This condition causes their body to attack the cells that create insulin. If you have type 1 diabetes, you’ll need to take medication to replace the lost insulin and regulate your blood sugar. If you have type 2, your pancreas does produce insulin. However, the amount of insulin produced is insufficient to manage your blood sugar level, or your body isn’t making good use of the insulin.




Am I at risk of developing diabetes?


Type 2 diabetes, which is preventable, is often due to a sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle. You may be at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Smoke
  • Are overweight
  • Don’t exercise regularly
  • Eat an unhealthy diet
  • Drink too much alcohol
Diabetes also runs in families, so you stand a greater chance of getting type 2 diabetes if a family member has it.




What treatments are available for diabetes?


Prime Internal Medicine Associates takes a holistic approach to health. Your provider encourages you to make healthy lifestyle changes to improve your health and maintain your blood sugar at a healthy level. This includes losing weight, getting at least 30 minutes of exercise daily, and adopting a low-calorie eating plan. If you smoke, they encourage you to quit and may recommend a smoking cessation program. Prime Internal Medicine Associates tailors your medical treatment to your form of diabetes, whether you have type 1 or type 2. Your treatment plan may include regular monitoring of your blood sugar and insulin treatment.





For a diabetes screening test or help managing your condition, call Prime Internal Medicine Associates today or book a consultation online.

 

GERD

About 10-20% of adults have some form of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), along with the heartburn and uncomfortable feelings that are common with this condition. If you’re taking heartburn medicine more than twice a week, contact Prime Internal Medicine Associates in Dallas. With expertise in internal medicine, they diagnose and treat GERD to ease your symptoms and control acid reflux. Call the office today or book a consultation online at Prime Internal Medicine Associates.

GERD Q&A

What is GERD?


GERD is gastroesophageal reflux disease. The condition occurs when your stomach acid flows back into the tube connecting your stomach and mouth. Sometimes you can taste the backwash in the back of your mouth. The backwash, also called acid reflux, can irritate the lining of your esophagus, causing heartburn-like feelings and other symptoms. While acid reflux happens to almost everybody from time to time, GERD occurs more often. You may have GERD if you have mild acid reflux at least twice a week or moderate-to-serious acid reflux that occurs at least once a week.




What are the symptoms of GERD?


GERD may cause:

  • Heartburn
  • Chest pain
  • Feeling like there’s something in your throat
  • Regurgitation (where your stomach contents reach your mouth)
  • Difficulty swallowing
At night, you might also experience:
  • Persistent cough
  • Insomnia
  • Laryngitis
  • New or worsening asthma
If you’re experiencing these symptoms frequently or if your symptoms are severe, it’s best to contact Prime Internal Medicine Associates for a diagnosis to prevent your condition from worsening. Also, call Prime Internal Medicine Associates if you’re taking over-the-counter heartburn medications more than twice a week.




How is GERD diagnosed?


Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider begins by taking a full medical history and performing a physical exam. They may be able to diagnose your condition with just a physical exam and a review of your symptoms. In other cases, they recommend an X-ray, diagnostic tests, or endoscopy to confirm your diagnosis. Endoscopy is a noninvasive procedure involving a thin, flexible camera-equipped tube that’s inserted down your throat to examine your esophagus and stomach.




How is GERD treated?


Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider designs a treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms and condition. Your plan may include over-the-counter or prescription medications to block acid production or help your esophagus to relax. Making simple lifestyle changes can help improve your condition. Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider suggests:

  • Avoiding spicy, acidic, or fatty foods
  • Forgoing alcohol
  • Consuming smaller meals
  • Not eating close to bedtime
  • Losing weight if necessary
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothing





If you’re experiencing the symptoms of GERD and are seeking high-quality, holistic care to improve your lasting health, call today or book a consultation online with Prime Internal Medicine Associates.

 

High Blood Pressure

About 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure, but only half have their condition under control. Specializing in internal medicine and holistic care, Prime Internal Medicine Associates in Dallas monitors your blood pressure to prevent serious complications and maintain your health. The team often recommends healthy lifestyle changes and medications to help manage your condition. Get expert care today by calling the office or booking a consultation online.

High Blood Pressure Q&A

What is congestive heart failure?


Congestive heart failure occurs when your heart isn’t strong enough to meet your body’s needs. Although your heart is still working, it doesn’t pump enough blood. Congestive heart failure is chronic and progressive, which means it grows worse over time. It can affect both sides of your heart. Women are just as likely to develop congestive heart failure as men, but it tends to occur later in life among women. Congestive heart failure is more common if you’re over age 65, overweight, or have had a heart attack. African Americans are at greater risk for this condition than other populations.




What are the signs of congestive heart failure?


Symptoms of congestive heart failure may come and go and range from mild to severe. Common signs include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Leg weakness when you’re active
  • Swelling in your ankles, legs, and stomach
  • Weight gain
  • Needing to urinate at night
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fainting
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeats
  • Dry, hacking cough
  • Bloating
If you’re already experiencing these symptoms, schedule an exam at Prime Internal Medicine Associates as soon as possible. Congestive heart failure generally grows worse over time. As it worsens, you may experience different symptoms, or your symptoms become more noticeable.




Who is at risk for congestive heart failure?


Certain conditions can raise your risk of developing the condition, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Obesity
  • Family history of congestive heart failure
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
Since congestive heart failure develops gradually, your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider encourages you to come in at least once a year for a checkup. If you have one or more of these risk factors, the team may recommend you visit more frequently so they can intervene if signs of congestive heart failure appear.




How is congestive heart failure treated?


Medications and lifestyle changes may improve your quality of life. Prime Internal Medicine Associates refers you to a cardiologist, as appropriate, and works closely with them on your treatment. In some cases, you may need surgery to repair damaged valves or open blocked arteries.





Quality medical care can help prevent or manage high blood pressure. Call Prime Internal Medicine Associates today or schedule your checkup online.

High Cholesterol

Fewer than half of Americans with high cholesterol get treatment. If you’re worried about high cholesterol, rely on the expertise of Prime Internal Medicine Associates in Dallas. The physicians at Prime Internal Medicine Associates diagnose high cholesterol with a blood test and recommend lifestyle changes and medications to lower your cholesterol levels. Take charge of your health today by calling the office or booking a consultation online.

High Cholesterol Q&A

What is GERD?


GERD is gastroesophageal reflux disease. The condition occurs when your stomach acid flows back into the tube connecting your stomach and mouth. Sometimes you can taste the backwash in the back of your mouth. The backwash, also called acid reflux, can irritate the lining of your esophagus, causing heartburn-like feelings and other symptoms. While acid reflux happens to almost everybody from time to time, GERD occurs more often. You may have GERD if you have mild acid reflux at least twice a week or moderate-to-serious acid reflux that occurs at least once a week.




What are the symptoms of GERD?


GERD may cause:

  • Heartburn
  • Chest pain
  • Feeling like there’s something in your throat
  • Regurgitation (where your stomach contents reach your mouth)
  • Difficulty swallowing
At night, you might also experience:
  • Persistent cough
  • Insomnia
  • Laryngitis
  • New or worsening asthma
If you’re experiencing these symptoms frequently or if your symptoms are severe, it’s best to contact Prime Internal Medicine Associates for a diagnosis to prevent your condition from worsening. Also, call Prime Internal Medicine Associates if you’re taking over-the-counter heartburn medications more than twice a week.




How is GERD diagnosed?


Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider begins by taking a full medical history and performing a physical exam. They may be able to diagnose your condition with just a physical exam and a review of your symptoms. In other cases, they recommend an X-ray, diagnostic tests, or endoscopy to confirm your diagnosis. Endoscopy is a noninvasive procedure involving a thin, flexible camera-equipped tube that’s inserted down your throat to examine your esophagus and stomach.




How is GERD treated?


Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider designs a treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms and condition. Your plan may include over-the-counter or prescription medications to block acid production or help your esophagus to relax. Making simple lifestyle changes can help improve your condition. Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider suggests:

  • Avoiding spicy, acidic, or fatty foods
  • Forgoing alcohol
  • Consuming smaller meals
  • Not eating close to bedtime
  • Losing weight if necessary
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothing





 

If you’re ready for a comprehensive treatment plan for high cholesterol, or it’s been a while since you’ve had a cholesterol test, call Prime Internal Medicine Associates today or book a consultation online.

 

Hypothyroidism

Fatigue and weight gain are two common signs of hypothyroidism, a condition that affects women more than men. The team of physicians at Prime Internal Medicine Associates in Dallas diagnoses and treats the condition, which is often related to an immune disorder. The team recommends a medically appropriate, holistic treatment plan to rebalance your hormone levels. Call the office today or schedule a consultation online. 

Hypothyroidism Q&A

What is a UTI?


A UTI is an infection that takes hold in your urinary tract. UTIs are common, and most are due to an overgrowth of bacteria. This overgrowth can lead to an array of uncomfortable symptoms, including pain when you urinate. UTIs occur in women more than in men. Fortunately, UTIs are easily treated. If you suspect you have an infection, contact Prime Internal Medicine Associates for diagnosis and treatment. An untreated UTI may spread to your kidneys, causing complications.




What are the symptoms of a UTI?


Pain, when you urinate, is a common symptom. Others signs to watch for include:

  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Cloudy urine
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Pressure or cramping
Your urine might also change colors, appearing red, brown, or bright pink. These colors suggest the presence of blood in your urine.




How did I get a UTI?


Certain factors can increase your risk of getting a UTI. These factors include:

  • Sexual activity
  • New sexual partner
  • Pregnancy
  • Age (UTIs are more common among seniors and children)
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Poor hygiene
A few forms of birth control, such as a diaphragm or spermicide, may increase the likelihood of getting a UTI. Having a UTI in the past also increases the chances of having another UTI.




How is a UTI diagnosed?


Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider takes a medical history. They ask whether you have a history of UTIs because repeated UTIs may affect the treatment they recommend. You may need a pelvic examination. You provide a urine sample because that’s how UTIs are diagnosed. A urine test identifies the type of bacteria that caused the infection, so you receive appropriate treatment for the precise strain of bacteria.




How is a UTI treated?


Antibiotics are the first line of treatment. Depending on your infection, health history, and other factors, you may be prescribed one of these antibiotics:

  • Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole
  • Nitrofurantoin
  • Fosfomycin
Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider advises you to take the complete course of antibiotics, even if your symptoms begin clearing up in a few days. It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water to help flush out your system.





If you’ve been feeling unusually tired or you’ve gained weight for no reason, don’t delay in getting a diagnosis from Prime Internal Medicine Associates. Call the office today or book a consultation online.

Urinary Tract Infection

Nearly 10 million people each year see the doctor for a urinary tract infection (UTI). If you suspect you have a UTI, rely on Prime Internal Medicine Associates in Dallas for quick diagnosis. After culturing your urine specimen, the physicians at Prime Internal Medicine Associates typically recommend an appropriate antibiotic to treat your UTI before it causes complications. Put painful symptoms behind you. Call the office today or schedule a consultation online. 

Urinary Tract Infection Q&A

What is a UTI?


A UTI is an infection that takes hold in your urinary tract. UTIs are common, and most are due to an overgrowth of bacteria. This overgrowth can lead to an array of uncomfortable symptoms, including pain when you urinate. UTIs occur in women more than in men. Fortunately, UTIs are easily treated. If you suspect you have an infection, contact Prime Internal Medicine Associates for diagnosis and treatment. An untreated UTI may spread to your kidneys, causing complications.




What are the symptoms of a UTI?


Pain, when you urinate, is a common symptom. Others signs to watch for include:

  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Cloudy urine
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Pressure or cramping
Your urine might also change colors, appearing red, brown, or bright pink. These colors suggest the presence of blood in your urine.




How did I get a UTI?


Certain factors can increase your risk of getting a UTI. These factors include:

  • Sexual activity
  • New sexual partner
  • Pregnancy
  • Age (UTIs are more common among seniors and children)
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Poor hygiene
A few forms of birth control, such as a diaphragm or spermicide, may increase the likelihood of getting a UTI. Having a UTI in the past also increases the chances of having another UTI.




How is a UTI diagnosed?


Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider takes a medical history. They ask whether you have a history of UTIs because repeated UTIs may affect the treatment they recommend. You may need a pelvic examination. You provide a urine sample because that’s how UTIs are diagnosed. A urine test identifies the type of bacteria that caused the infection, so you receive appropriate treatment for the precise strain of bacteria.




How is a UTI treated?


Antibiotics are the first line of treatment. Depending on your infection, health history, and other factors, you may be prescribed one of these antibiotics:

  • Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole
  • Nitrofurantoin
  • Fosfomycin
Your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider advises you to take the complete course of antibiotics, even if your symptoms begin clearing up in a few days. It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water to help flush out your system.





 

If you suspect you have a UTI, Prime Internal Medicine Associates provides urine testing and appropriate treatment to clear up your infection. Call the office or book a consultation online.