Chronic Care Management Specialist

Allina Health Apple Valley

Medical Center located in Apple Valley, MN

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, as of five years ago, one out of every two adults in the United States deals with at least one chronic health issue. At Allina Health Apple Valley, the providers specialize in helping their patients in Apple Valley, Minnesota and the surrounding areas, manage these conditions, all with an eye toward an improved quality of life. If you or a loved one needs a medical expert in your corner to help you navigate your chronic illness, call to book an appointment.

Chronic Care Management Q & A

When is a condition chronic?

While the definition of a chronic disease varies somewhat, the main features are:

  • A condition that lasts more than three months
  • A condition that may not be cured by medications
  • A condition that may result in complications
  • A progressive condition without treatment

While the providers in the medical world may argue the finer points of what constitutes chronic disease, they all agree that chronic diseases represent the No. 1 health care cost in the United States and the leading cause of death, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What are the most common chronic conditions?

In 2016, the National Health Council reported that the following seven chronic diseases were responsible for an annual $1.3 trillion economic burden in the United States:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension, or high blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Pulmonary or respiratory issues
  • Mental illness

Obesity, arthritis, and kidney disease, which also figure among the more common chronic health issues.

How is my chronic condition managed?

Since most chronic diseases can’t be cured in the traditional sense, the providers at Allina Health Apple Valley work to manage your condition by:

  • Providing regular screenings and check-ups
  • Coordinating treatment
  • Emphasizing patient education

Chronic or long-term illnesses may throw your life out of order and can interfere with your plans and how you see yourself. One of the best ways to cope with a chronic disease is to take part in managing it along with your Allina Health Apple Valley provider.

For example, if you suffer from hypertension, it is important to follow the recommendations your provider makes regarding medications and lifestyle changes to manage your illness effectively.

If you have an irreversible or progressive condition, the providers at Allina Health Apple Valley do everything in their power to lessen its impact on your quality of life, as well as minimize the potential for complications.

One of the biggest advantages of good chronic care management is the wealth of information the providers at Allina Health Apple Valley provide. The medical staff is up to date on the latest treatments and therapies that deliver proven results, and they manage your condition using the most current science. They’re also able to coordinate your care, seeking help from specialists when needed.

When it comes to managing your chronic disease, the Apple Valley Medical Center has you covered from every angle. To book an appointment, call now.