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"One in 13 people have asthma, more than 25 million Americans," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, offers her patients information and asthma treatment options.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects lungs. People suffer from wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning. The cause of asthma is unknown but it's believed to be genetic, environmental, and/or because of occupational factors.
How do you know if you have asthma?
Your physician can confirm if you suffer from asthma. Dr. Al-Khateeb will ask if you cough a lot, or if breathing worsens after physical activity. She will ask about chest tightness, wheezing, and colds lasting more than 10 days. Your physician will ask about family history with asthma, allergies, or other breathing problems.
There's also a breathing test, spirometry, to test how well your lungs are working. It tests how much air you can breathe out after taking a deep breath before and after using asthma medicine.
What is an asthma attack?
An attack is when the body’s airways constrict while air tries to move into your lungs. Less air reaches your lungs and mucous clogs up the airways, which is why people experience:
- chest tightness
- trouble breathing.
An asthma attack can happen when exposed to asthma triggers, like tobacco smoke, dust mites, outdoor air pollution, cockroach allergen, pets, mold, smoke from burning wood and/or grass.
How is asthma treated?
- Control asthma by avoiding triggers and keeping an eye out for warning signs of an asthma attack.
- Take your medicine exactly as your Woodbridge physician tells you.
- There are different medications, like those through inhalers or pills, so find out which is best for you.
Need more information about asthma?
Asthma can make life difficult but your Woodbridge, VA, physician can help. Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine can be reached at (703) 494-4116 if you'd like to make an appointment or have questions about asthma.
The Office on Women's Health estimates that up to 80 percent of women have uterine fibroids by the time they reach the age of 50. They are growths on or around the uterus that can become larger and more prevalent, especially in women who are in their reproductive years and menstruating. Get a better understanding of uterine fibroids, and what can cause fibroids in women when you visit a women’s health professional at Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA.
What Are Uterine Fibroids?
A fibroid is a usually benign muscular tumor that forms on the wall of the uterus. They are classified as submucosal (in the cavity of the uterus), intramural (within the uterus), and subserosal (outside the walls of the uterus). Fibroids are the reason why some women have bloated or larger bellies as they get older. Patients can have one or several fibroids of different sizes, and some can grow as large as a fist. Though fibroids are generally benign, they can cause discomfort and heavy bleeding when a woman is menstruating. They can also cause incontinence and pain in the lower back.
What Causes Fibroids?
While there is no definitive reason why fibroids form, there are a few possible contributing factors to consider:
- Many cases are genetic—it’s common for women in the same family, from different generations, to develop them.
- Hormonal imbalances may contribute to the development uterine fibroids.
- Diet, nutrition, and obesity may have an impact on fibroid formation.
Treatments for Fibroids
Fibroids can be treated by your Woodbridge, VA women’s health specialist in a number of ways. The treatment plan will depend on where the fibroid is located, its size, your symptoms, your age, and your desire to become pregnant in the future. These are some potential solutions:
- Medication to relieve pain, especially during periods of menstruation.
- Birth control to calm heavy bleeding or similar hormonal drugs.
- Surgical removal of fibroids (called a myomectomy) or removal of the uterine lining (endometrial ablation).
- A procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization, which deprives fibroids of their blood supply.
See a Women’s Health Doctor
At Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, a women’s health doctor will be able to evaluate and treat your case of uterine fibroids. Call the office today at (703) 494-4116 to set a time for your upcoming visit with Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb.
Positive habits could protect you against developing certain serious and long-term conditions.
While genetics can certainly play a major role in what disorders or conditions you may develop, there are also a lot of lifestyle modifications that you have control over that can affect your health. Our Woodbridge, VA, physician Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb wants to do whatever possible to help YOU promote a healthier lifestyle in her patients. Here are some changes you can make to reduce your risk of developing certain chronic or severe illnesses.
Eat a Healthy Diet
What you eat provides your body with the vitamins and nutrients it needs to remain healthy, so it should come as no surprise that if you are eating processed foods or junk food that your body isn’t getting what it needs to function properly. A poor or lacking diet can lead to everything from obesity and chronic pain to diabetes and heart disease. Avoid junk foods and foods that are high in sugar and try to maintain a diet that is rich in lean proteins, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and fruits and fibrous vegetables.
Leading a sedentary lifestyle can also greatly impact your health and many people can blame sitting at a desk all day for their inactivity; however, getting daily exercise can reward you with a host of health benefits, from reducing stress and improving depressive symptoms to reducing your risk for heart disease. Getting about 30 minutes of exercise every day or most days of the week can greatly improve your health.
By now most people understand the serious repercussions that smoking can have on a person’s health. From increasing your chances for lung cancers to dealing with tooth loss, smoking or tobacco consumption is one of the worst habits that can lead to serious and long-term consequences. If you want to quit smoking but are having trouble ditching the habit for good talk to our Woodbridge, VA, doctor about different and effective methods to help you quit smoking.
Reduce Your Stress
Stress is one of the most detrimental issues for your health. It’s important that you find ways to combat your stress levels. This may include getting regular massage therapy, meditating or turning to yoga. If you are having trouble managing your stress talk to our doctor today.
Safeguard yourself from serious health concerns by visiting your Woodbridge, VA, doctor at least once a year for routine checkups and screenings. If it’s time to schedule your next visit call Ridgeview Internal Medicine today.
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:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
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
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.
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.
How 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.