Our SpecialtiesVisiting Physician treats minor ailments to serious, chronic illnesses. Below is a list of the more commonly treated conditions. Please note that we are not an emergency/same day service. However, our clinicians are on call 24 hours, seven days a week to answer questions and concerns. If certain symptoms indicate a more serious condition of an urgent nature, we will advise the patient to go to the nearest emergency room.
Congestive Heart Failure
Balance Impairment/Gait Abnormalities
Back and Neck Pain
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, usually has no symptoms, and is often called the "silent killer." High blood pressure occurs when the body's smaller blood vessels narrow, which causes the blood to exert excessive pressure against the vessel walls. Two numbers are used to describe blood pressure: systolic and diastolic. Systolic pressure refers to the pressure the blood exerts on the artery walls as the heart pumps blood, and diastolic refers to the force as the heart relaxes to allow the blood to flow back to the heart.
Congestive heart failure, commonly referred to as CHF, occurs when the heart cannot pump out enough blood to meet the needs of the body. All forms of heart disease may eventually lead to CHF. CHF is the most common cause of death for people over the age of 65.
Since 85% of our patients are over the age of 75, we have extensive experience in the detection and treatment of all forms of heart disease. We can arrange for on-site mobile x-rays, EKGs and echocardiograms that allow us to monitor the performance of the heart. With the use of proper medications and ongoing care by a medical professional, Visiting Physician is able to help many patients with heart ailments.
There are 20.8 million people in the United States, or 7% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease. In order to determine whether or not a patient has pre-diabetes or diabetes, health care providers conduct a Fasting Plasma Glucose Test (FPG) or an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT). The American Diabetes Association recommends the FPG because it is easier, faster, and less expensive to perform.
There are two types of Diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes
Results from the body's failure to produce insulin, the hormone that "unlocks" the cells of the body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them. It is estimated that 5-10% of Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
Results from insulin resistance (a condition in which the body fails to properly use insulin), combined with relative insulin deficiency. Most Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 2 diabetes.
People with diabetes have the same nutritional needs as anyone else. Along with exercise and medications (insulin or oral diabetes pills), nutrition is important for good diabetes control. By eating well-balanced meals in the correct amounts, you can keep your blood glucose level as close to normal (non-diabetes level) as possible.
Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are closely related and persons with COPD may have both, which impair lung function, preventing the lungs from doing their job of bringing oxygen to the body and getting rid of carbon dioxide.
Smoking is the main cause of COPD, but other environmental and industrial pollutants can also result in COPD in someone who has never smoked. COPD develops slowly, and it may be many years before you notice symptoms like feeling short of breath. Most of the time, COPD is diagnosed in middle-aged or older people.
Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of developing COPD and slow the progress of the disease. Although COPD cannot be cured, your doctor will recommend treatments that help relieve your symptoms and help you breathe easier.
Vitamin B deficienciesAlzheimer's Disease is a degenerative disease of the brain from which there is no recovery. The disease attacks nerve cells in all parts of the cortex of the brain, impairing a person's ability to govern emotions, coordinate their movements, and remember things.
Alzheimer's Disease is common in older individuals with over 50% of all 95 year olds reporting some type of impairment. Alzheimer's is now the fourth leading cause of death in adults.
Visiting Physician has extensive experience in treating Alzheimer's Disease. Approximately thirty percent of our patients exhibit some form of Alzheimer's Disease. Fortunately, as more is known about the pathology of the disease, new treatment options will become available, in addition to the symptomatic therapy now offered by a variety of cholinesterase inhibitor drugs.
Conducting a thorough physical examination, performing an urinanalysis, x-rays, and bone density testing can all detect this "silent disease."
By reviewing past medical histories, performing a complete physical examination, and conducting blood and urine analyses, Visiting Physicians are able to diagnose and treat the majority of UI cases. For most patients diagnosis and treatment options are inexpensive, non-invasive, and successful.
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