Chronic Care

Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA

Family Medicine located in Harlingen, TX

If you’re one of the more than 133 million Americans living with a long-term illness, it’s important to enroll in chronic care. Routine check-ups can reduce the risk of complications and slow the progression of the disease. At the practice of Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA, family medicine physician Jason Peters, MD, and Victor Gonzalez, PA-C, provide chronic care to people of all ages. To make an appointment at the practice in Harlingen, Texas, call the office today or click the online booking feature.

Chronic Care Q & A

What is chronic care?

Chronic care, or chronic disease management, uses an integrative and holistic approach to manage long-term illness. It combines preventive screenings, routine check-ups, healthy lifestyle changes, and patient education to reduce health care costs and improve your quality of life. 

Even though chronic diseases can’t be cured, there are various steps you can take to prevent them from getting worse. Chronic care is the first step to achieving independence and retaking control of your life.

What conditions does chronic care treat?

Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA, uses chronic care to treat various conditions, including:

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes your airways to swell and make extra mucus. For some people, asthma is a minor annoyance that responds to medication; for others, it’s potentially life-threatening and can make even simple tasks, like taking a walk, nearly impossible.

COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of conditions that block your airways, making it difficult to breathe. Common causes of COPD include chronic bronchitis and emphysema. With early intervention and treatment, it’s possible to prevent the damage from getting worse.

Hypertension

Hypertension occurs when the pressure of the blood pumping through your arteries is consistently high. Over time, that excess pressure damages the walls of your arteries, increasing the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. Hypertension rarely presents symptoms, so it’s important to visit Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA, at least once a year for an annual physical.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a group of metabolic conditions that affect your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. If your blood sugar levels remain consistently high, it increases the risk of serious health problems, including nerve damage, heart disease, and kidney failure. 

Healthy lifestyle changes, insulin therapy, and routine check-ups may be able to keep your blood sugar at a normal level. 

Who can benefit from chronic care?

Anyone living with a chronic health condition, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or chronic pain, can benefit from chronic care at Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA. 

To ensure the best possible treatment outcome, your provider first conducts a comprehensive exam and a review of your medical history. After determining what’s making you sick, they design a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs. 

To explore the benefits of chronic care, make an appointment at the practice of Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA, by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.