Posts for category: Internal Medicine
Find out the early warning signs so that you can detect and treat heart disease early on.
Heart disease refers to a variety of heart conditions that can affect everything from the blood vessels to the valves. Some forms of heart disease are congenital, which means that they occur at birth, while others can develop as a result of genetics or certain lifestyle factors. Our Woodbridge, VA, physician Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb wants patients to be armed with the tools they need to prevent heart disease; however, it’s also important to recognize the warning signs.
Symptoms will vary depending on the type of heart condition you are dealing with. Common symptoms include:
- Chest pain and tightness
- Pressure or discomfort in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Fluttering heart
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Irregular heartbeat or changes in heart rhythm
- Swelling in the legs, feet, ankles, or abdomen
- Being easily tired after exercise
Risk Factors for Heart Disease
Heart disease is easy to detect if treated early on by our Woodbridge, VA, physician who can then refer you to a cardiologist for more specialized care and treatment. It’s also important to understand that heart disease is often preventable. If you have a family history of heart disease it is particularly important that you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Factors that can put you at increased risk for heart disease include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Poor diet high in saturated, trans fat, and/or sodium
Treating Heart Disease
If you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease your doctor and cardiologist will work with you to create a treatment plan that will help manage your condition for the long run. There is no cure for heart disease but with the proper care we can help you manage your symptoms. Treatment options generally include:
- Lifestyle modifications: losing weight if overweight or obese, exercising, eating a balanced diet and quitting smoking
- Medications: medications may be prescribed to reduce cholesterol levels or to correct arrhythmias
- Cardiac rehabilitation: this includes specific exercises to improve your cardiovascular health
- Surgery: this includes bypass or heart valve surgery
Are you experiencing any of the symptoms above? If so, it’s important that you have a heart doctor you can turn to for immediate and thorough care. Call your physician at Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, today.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines chronic disease as a medical condition which alters daily activities or needs ongoing treatment for more than a year. Are you one of the millions of Americans struggling with COPD, depression, diabetes, hypertension, or other continuing condition? Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge is the primary care physician who can help you achieve optimal wellness.
What causes chronic disease?
Heredity plays a role in many chronic diseases. Both type-1 and type-2 diabetes, for instance, does not seem to have a genetic marker necessarily; however, the risk for developing diabetes appears to run in families, reports Everyday Health. The same can be said for high blood pressure and many other chronic health problems.
So, why would one person develop Coronary Artery Disease or another chronic issue more easily than another would? Lifestyle factors appear to play a significant role--things such as:
- Being sedentary
- Consuming a fatty, high-salt diet
- Not eating enough fiber
- Consuming too many calories, leading to an unhealthy weight
- Drinking alcohol to excess
- Smoking (and second-hand smoke)
How your Woodbridge physician can help
At Ridgeview Internal Medicine, Dr. Al-Khateeb and her team help their patients identify and live well with chronic health conditions. She recommends an annual physical examination for all adults with more frequent check-ins to monitor people who have asthma, diabetes or another continuing problem.
Harvard Health says that your primary care physician is your very best resource for:
- Managing your medications
- Helping you coordinate services from specialists such as a cardiologist or physical therapist
- Ordering and interpreting test results, both from lab work or at-home monitoring of variables such as blood pressure and blood sugars
- Helping you find a support group or other community resources which will assist you with the stresses of chronic disease
- Avoiding complications such as amputations (for diabetics), depression (often associated with heart disease) and kidney failure (from heart failure and diabetes)
Live healthier longer
At Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, we want to help our patients through acute illnesses, injuries and of course, the chronic diseases which can cause so much worry and impact on daily life and function. Please call our office to arrange for your annual physical or any time you may have a question or concern about your health. Phone us at (703) 494-4116.
Discover the many ways nutritional counseling could improve your diet and your wellbeing.
While reaching for that ice cream or ordering that slice of pizza every once in a while isn’t bad, if you find that foods like this have become staples in your diet, it might be time to talk to someone who can help set things straight. Whether you are dealing with a chronic disease or you want to lose weight, there are many people who can benefit from visiting our Woodbridge, VA, physician, Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb, for nutritional counseling.
What is nutritional counseling?
Nutritional counseling is a great way for patients to put their diet under the microscope and to create a healthier diet and lifestyle to improve their health and wellbeing.
During your first visit, Woodbridge doctor will sit down with you to learn about your current diet and eating habits. We will also talk to you about your current and long-term nutritional goals. From there we will create a plan that will help you meet your goals.
Who should consider nutritional counseling?
Anyone, regardless of age, who wants to achieve a healthier lifestyle can benefit from getting nutritional counseling. Our plans cater to your needs. Whether you want to improve your athletic performance, reduce your risk of developing diabetes or just lose weight, we can help you achieve these goals through healthier nutritional choices.
Plus, many people feel lost when it comes what foods to eat and proper portion sizes. We can help you better understand what foods are healthy and what foods to avoid. You might be surprised to discover that some of the foods you were consuming actually weren’t that healthy for you. Nutritional counseling isn’t a diet or a “lose-weight-quick scheme," it’s a medical and safe approach to healthier living to improve your physical well-being and to reduce your risk of chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
If you want to maintain a healthy body and mind it starts with your diet. Call Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, today to find out how nutritional counseling could change your lifestyle.
How your doctor in Woodbridge can help
Acute diseases and illnesses can occur without warning, and can stop you in your tracks. You feel miserable and you miss work. Your symptoms get worse and you soon find yourself not being able to do the activities and tasks to get through your day. The good news is there is help to treat acute diseases and illnesses. Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb at Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA wants to share the facts about acute disease management.
Acute illnesses and diseases happen suddenly and generally only last a few days or a few weeks. They can be caused by an infection or by a virus. They can also be brought on by an accident, injury or problems with medications.
Acute illnesses can include:
- Bronchitis or an asthma attack
- Burns or broken bones
- A cold, strep throat, or the flu
- Respiratory infection or pneumonia
Fortunately, some acute illnesses can go away with little or no treatment. Other conditions like infections can be treated with antibiotics. Cold and flu symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medications.
There are other acute diseases and illnesses which are more serious and should be managed by a physician. Severe acute conditions like an asthma attack or appendicitis are medical emergencies and can threaten your life if you don’t seek out immediate treatment.
Your doctor at Ridgeview Internal Medicine will begin your treatment by recording your medical history and performing a thorough medical examination, including listing your symptoms and the onset and duration of your symptoms.
You are the most important part of your healthcare team, so it’s important to ask any questions you may have about your health and your treatment. By partnering together, you and your doctor can create a short-term plan to deal with your acute disease, and a long-term plan to ensure your continuing good health.
For more information about acute disease treatment and other medical issues, call Dr. Al-Khateeb at Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA. Call today and get started protecting your health!
Do you have questions about common health issues that affect women? Our Woodbridge, VA, physician, Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine, discusses several conditions and diseases that may impact your health.
How can I reduce my risk of osteoporosis?
Both men and women can develop osteoporosis, but post-menopausal women have a higher incidence of the bone disease. When you develop osteoporosis, your bone density decreases, increasing the risk of a fracture even if you only have a minor fall. Eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D can decrease your risk, although you still may need to take a calcium supplement. It's also important to participate in exercises that help strengthen your bones, such as walking, running or aerobics, in addition to using weights or resistance bands a few times a week.
What are the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
Symptoms vary depending on the type of STD you have, but are often mild, at least at first. Common symptoms include:
- Pain when urinating
- Vaginal discharge
- Warts, ulcers or blisters
- Bleeding between periods
- Pelvic pain
- Fever or nausea
Schedule an appointment in our Woodbridge office if you notice any of these symptoms. If we suspect your symptoms are caused by a sexually transmitted disease, we'll recommend an STD test. Yearly STD tests are recommended for all sexually active women.
What are the treatment options for urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence can be an embarrassing and frustrating condition. Fortunately, there are plenty of treatments available that can help, such as:
- Bladder training
- Scheduled bathroom trips
- Botox injections
- Kegel exercises
- Medications that treat overactive bladder and urge incontinence
- Electrical stimulation treatment
- Pessaries, internal devices that support the bladder
Will my uterine fibroids go away?
Uterine fibroids don't usually go away completely, but they do shrink after menopause. Unfortunately, if you're experiencing heavy, prolonged periods, you probably don't want to wait until menopause to find some relief. Medications can help relieve the heavy bleeding, but they won't shrink the fibroids. Many women find relief with a variety of minimally invasive procedures that destroy the fibroids, such as myomectomy, myolysis and uterine artery embolization.
Are you concerned about a women's health issue. Schedule an appointment with our Woodbridge, VA, physician, Dr. Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine, by calling (703) 494-4116.