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Chronic Care Specialist

Garcia Family Medicine - A Direct Primary Care Practice

Theresa C Garcia, MD, FAAFP

Family Medicine Physician & Obesity Medicine located in Eastern Jackson County, Blue Springs, MO

If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or another chronic (ongoing) condition, you can rely on Garcia Family Medicine - A Direct Primary Care Practice in Blue Springs, Missouri. Family medicine physician Theresa Garcia, MD, FAAFP, and her expert staff offer chronic care management to reduce your risk of serious or life-threatening complications. If you’re at risk of developing a chronic disease, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Chronic Care Q & A

What is chronic care?

Chronic care is the medical evaluation and management of certain diseases you might have to manage long-term or for a lifetime. Garcia Family Medicine offers chronic care as part of their comprehensive family medicine services. This type of care is included in your monthly membership.

What are common chronic diseases?

Examples of common chronic diseases (or their risk factors) you might encounter at some point during your lifetime include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety


Early detection and treatment of chronic diseases are the best ways to reduce the risk of complications like fractures, a heart attack, stroke, nerve damage, organ damage, and more.

Ways you can lower your risk of developing chronic conditions include eating healthy foods, getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, and keeping your stress levels low.

What happens during chronic care visits?

During chronic care appointments at Garcia Family Medicine, your provider weighs you and checks your pulse, blood pressure, and temperature. Dr. Garcia reviews your medical history, symptoms you may have, medications you might take, and your lifestyle habits. She completes a physical examination and may ask you to undergo a blood test, urine test, heart function test, X-rays, asthma and allergy testing, or other diagnostic tests to detect, rule out, or manage a chronic disease.

What are common chronic disease treatments?

Common chronic disease treatments Dr. Garcia may recommend include:

Lifestyle changes

Healthy lifestyle habits you can adopt to reduce the risk of or better manage a disease include weight loss, healthy eating habits, dietary supplements, regular exercise, not smoking, stress reduction, and more.

Medications

Taking oral medications can help you manage blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, osteoporosis, and other chronic conditions.

Injections

Insulin shots, steroid injections, weight-loss injections, and allergy shots can enhance weight loss, reduce pain, or help you better manage a chronic disease.

Specialist referrals

If you have a complex medical problem or require a surgical procedure, Dr. Garcia can refer you to a highly trained specialist near you.

To learn more about chronic care at Garcia Family Medicine, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.