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Chronic Disease

Michael Stein, MD -  - Family Physician

Pinnacle Personalized Healthcare

Michael Stein, MD

Family Physician located in Salem, NH

A chronic disease diagnosis doesn’t mean you’ll spend your life in cold clinical settings, waiting on unfamiliar doctors to run tests and perform treatments. At Pinnacle Personalized Healthcare, Michael Stein, MD, FAAFP, offers an alternative. As a physician with over 30 years of expertise, he offers chronic disease management from the comfort of his warm, welcoming family practice in Salem, New Hampshire. If you’d like to learn more about how your primary care doctor can help you lead your healthiest life with a chronic disease, call Pinnacle Personalized Healthcare or schedule your appointment online.

Chronic Disease Q & A

What qualifies as a chronic disease?

The technical definition of chronic disease is a condition that lasts a year or more that limits your daily life, necessitates ongoing medical attention, or both. If a chronic disease diagnosis makes you feel isolated, know that you’re not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 6 in 10 American adults live with a chronic disease.

Some of the most common chronic diseases include:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Kidney disease
  • Asthma
  • Crohn's disease
  • Epilepsy
  • HIV
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease

This is a short list and is by no means comprehensive of all the common chronic diseases, let alone the rarer ones.

What do I do if I have a chronic disease?

Treating a chronic disease is different from treating a short-term illness with a defined cure. The best chronic disease medical care focuses on managing the disease. Minimizing the symptoms of your disease enables you to live your daily life unencumbered. The goal is to restore your quality of life to pre-disease levels.

Some chronic disease management techniques center on sending you to a number of specialists. But Dr. Stein takes a different approach. With three decades of extensive medical experience, he’s ready to help you understand your disease. Then, he works with you to develop a treatment plan that’s right for your body, your symptoms, and your lifestyle.

What is chronic disease management?

The plan you and Dr. Stein develop for restoring your quality of life is known as chronic disease management. Your chronic disease management plan includes regular checkups with Dr. Stein, screenings, and integrated treatments. At the same time, Dr. Stein makes sure that you feel educated about your disease. He’s available to answer any questions you have and is dedicated to alleviating your concerns.

The ultimate goal of your chronic disease management is to support your best possible quality of life while minimizing the impacts of your disease and your health care costs.

If you would like to learn more about chronic diseases and your options for managing them from the comfort and convenience of Pinnacle Personalized Healthcare, call the office or book your appointment online today.