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By Ridgeview Internal Medicine
November 06, 2018
Tags: Acute Diseases  

When was the last time you visited your Woodbridge, VA, medical internist for an acute disease?

We all experience health problem at some point in our life, whether it's the common cold or a pesky flu. While some acute diseases go away on their own, there are other health issues that require immediate medical attention, and it's important to know when to seek proper treatment.

There are several simple steps you need to take in order to shield yourself from acute diseases, especially those that can have been prevented. However, if you are concerned that you have contacted one of these diseases, please call Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, for assistance.

Here's what you need to know about acute diseases and preventative care:

More About Acute Diseases

An acute disease appears suddenly but doesn't last for long. A chronic disease, on the other hand, develops over time and lasts for months.

Common acute disease symptoms are:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Sneezing
  • Earache

Serious Acute Illnesses

Many acute diseases, like the common cold or influenza, either go away on their own or can be treated with antibiotics or other prescription medications.

Some acute diseases don't go away so easily and have life-threatening symptoms that include:

  • Heart attack
  • Asthma attack
  • Appendicitis

Serious acute illnesses require emergency care. You need to go to the emergency room, or call 911. Immediate professional care will improve recovery and long-term health.

Regular Checkups:

Many people skip regular checkups with their doctors. Visiting your Woodbridge physician is the number one defense against problems like:

  • High blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Not receiving immunizations
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise

Your Woodbridge, VA, doctor provides patients with a physical examination to identify the disease causing the symptoms. After your physician makes a diagnosis, they'll be able to provide you with an individualized treatment plan suitable for you.

If you have any questions or concerns about acute diseases, be sure to talk to your Ridgeview, VA, doctor, by calling them today at (703) 494-4116.

By Ridgeview Internal Medicine
September 21, 2018

Regular Doctor VisitHow long has it been since you've had a physical or health screening? Preventative care can help you avoid potential health problems and ensure that current conditions are well managed. Woodbridge, VA, physician Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb offers preventative care services to her patients at Ridgeview Internal Medicine.

Preventative care is the key to good health

Many health problems don't cause symptoms in the early stages but may still damage your health. For example, the combination of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes increase your heart disease risk. Prompt diagnosis of these conditions can help you protect your heart. If you only visit the doctor when you notice painful or troubling symptoms, the condition or disease may be more difficult to control or treat. During a preventative care visit, your doctor can identify factors that may increase your risk of developing a disease or condition and offer advice and treatment if you already have a medical problem.

What happens during a preventative care visit?

Your visit will include a physical examination and a number of screenings, such as:

  • Weight Screening: Being overweight or obese increases your risk of arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea, diabetes and other conditions. If you've gained a few pounds over the years, your doctor can recommend healthy ways to lose weight and improve your health.
  • Blood Pressure Screening: High blood pressure can also have a devastating effect on your health and may lead to heart disease, heart failure or stroke if it's not controlled. If your blood pressure is only slightly high, your Woodbridge physician can recommend lifestyle changes that may be helpful. Medication may be prescribed in other cases.
  • Blood Tests: Blood tests identify many conditions and diseases that may cause no symptoms initially, such as high cholesterol, diabetes, anemia, HIV and thyroid disease.
  • Pelvic and Breast Examinations: Yearly examinations are particularly important if you're a woman.

Maintain your good health with regular preventative care visits. Call Woodbridge, VA, physician Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine at (703) 494-4116 to schedule an appointment.

By Ridgeview Internal Medicine
June 07, 2018
Tags: Well Visits  

Well VisitsWould you like comfortable, accurate, compassionate medical care? Do you wish to prevent chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension before they start? Then, look no further than a well-visit at Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb and her team value women's health issues. Here's what they offer as they partner with you in achieving your best health and well-being.

Why are well-visits important?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that well-visits are the cornerstone of preventive medical care. When your physician performs a complete exam and takes a medical history, she wants to fully understand your physical, emotional and mental health so serious problems can be avoided. Additionally, if something is developing, your Woodbridge women's health provider will catch it early on while it is easier to treat or manage.

Take, for instance, hypertension. When Dr. Al-Khateeb takes your blood pressure, she wishes to see it in a normal range. If it is not, she'll look at what may be causing it to be elevated (stress, weight issues, heredity) and help you take steps to control it (diet, stress reduction, medication). Controlling hypertension helps patients avoid stroke, heart attack, and other issues.

What happens at a well-visit?

Besides taking your weight, height and vital signs, your physician will examine your eyes, ears, throat, and more. You'll discuss any continuing issues you have and any developing concerns. If desired, she will do a pap smear and breast examination and discuss any sexual and reproductive health concerns.

Additionally, Dr. Al-Khateeb will update your immunizations when needed (flu, shingles, pneumonia shots as examples). She'll address any continuing respiratory issues, including allergies, sinusitis, or asthma.

For most adult women, the doctor likes to do an annual blood draw and urine test to screen for:

  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Thyroid and liver function
  • Infection
  • Anemia
  • Kidney function

Finally, a well-visit includes a psychosocial screening. Your doctor will want to know if you experience depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or have pressing problems at home or on the job. All these factors impact health and overall well-being. Plus, Dr. Al-Khateeb can refer you to specialists as needed for these important issues.

We're here to help

At Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, we partner with women in maintaining a healthy life. If you need an annual well-visit, please call the office team for your convenient appointment time: (703) 494-4116. We look forward to serving you!

By Ridgeview Internal Medicine
May 22, 2018
Tags: Chronic Conditions  

Chronic Health ConditionsNearly half of all adults in the United States suffer from a chronic health condition or disease. A portion of those adults suffers from multiple chronic conditions. Dealing with a chronic condition, such as heart disease, arthritis, or diabetes, can be challenging and can lead to other health complications. If you do have a chronic condition, it is best to seek regular treatment from a doctor rather than trying to manage your condition on your own. At Ridgeview Internal Medicine, Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb is your Woodbridge, VA, physician for the treatment of chronic conditions.

Chronic Conditions & Diseases

Chronic health conditions and diseases require long-term treatment and management of symptoms. If left untreated, a chronic condition can lead to more serious problems. For instance, untreated or improperly treated diabetes can lead to loss of vision or amputation of limbs. Other types of chronic conditions can be associated with failure of certain internal organs, such as the kidneys. Common chronic diseases and conditions affecting adults in the U.S. include:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Stroke
  • Asthma
  • Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Some chronic conditions and diseases can be hereditary, but there are other causes as well. A poor diet, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking are all factors that can potentially cause you to develop a chronic disease. Your Woodbridge, VA, physician can help you reduce your risk of developing a chronic condition or disease by providing guidance for developing a healthier lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise. If you have a chronic condition, your doctor can recommend an effective treatment plan for you.

Dealing with chronic health conditions can be both challenging and frustrating. A doctor can prescribe the best course of treatment and help you manage your symptoms. For treatment of one or more chronic conditions, schedule an appointment with Dr. Al-Khateeb, your Woodbridge, VA, physician, by calling Ridgeview Internal Medicine at (703) 494-4116.

By Ridgeview Internal Medicine
December 21, 2017
Tags: Menopause  

The symptoms of menopause can create an uncomfortable and irritating situation. However, your doctor can help you manage these menopausesymptoms and help you move through menopause with ease. Find out more about managing menopause symptoms and why women's health is important with women's health specialist, Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb at Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA.

What is menopause? 
All women experience menopause at some point in their lives, usually around the age of 40. Menopause occurs when a woman stops menstruating and is no longer able to reproduce. This happens because the ovaries, which house the eggs, stop releasing eggs every month. This, in turn, ceases to trigger a menstrual cycle. Some women go through menopause before 40, a process known as early menopause. This most often occurs due to outside influences like chemotherapy or hysterectomy.

Am I going through menopause? 
The symptoms of menopause can begin well before the ovaries cease to produce eggs completely. The most common early indicators of menopause include hot flashes which result in a flushed appearance and increased perspiration. However, there are other, less obvious symptoms which may indicate that you are approaching menopause, including:

  • irregular periods
  • headaches
  • racing heart
  • insomnia
  • mood swings
  • fatigue
  • joint and muscle pain
  • depression
  • irritability
  • changes in libido

Managing the Symptoms of Menopause in Woodbridge, VA
While menopause can cause discomfort and an irritating daily situation, your doctor can help you manage its symptoms. In some cases, hormone replacement therapy can help manage the dip in estrogen experienced during menopause. Managing the symptoms of menopause with diet has also proven to be successful in some studies. Foods high in calcium and plant estrogens can help manage symptoms. Consult with your doctor to determine the best course of treatment for you and your changing hormones.

For more information on managing the symptoms of menopause or menopause in general, please contact your women's health specialist, Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb at Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA. Call (703) 494-4116 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Al-Khateeb today!



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