Chronic Disease Management Specialist

Doctor Susan Kawakami

Family Medicine located in Downey, CA

More than 40% of the population in the United States suffers from an ongoing, incurable chronic disease. These chronic health conditions require consistent ongoing medical care to prevent worsening of the disease and improve overall health and wellness. The experienced family medicine team at Doctor Susan Kawakami in Downey, California, takes a holistic approach to care and provides chronic disease management to help you manage your chronic illness. For an appointment, call the office or select the online booking button.

Chronic Disease Management Q & A

What is a chronic disease?

Any health issues that last three or more months are considered a chronic disease. For many, these chronic health conditions affect quality of life and keep them from doing the things they enjoy.

Though it’s possible for some chronic conditions to resolve over time, many chronic diseases are incurable, lifelong health conditions. Some of the chronic diseases the team at Doctor Susan Kawakami specializes in includes:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Allergies

It’s not unusual for someone to suffer from more than one chronic disease, which can complicate care, making it even more important that you have one team managing all of your health needs. 

What is chronic disease management?

Chronic disease management is an integrated and comprehensive program aimed at helping you get the care you need to manage your chronic disease. 

The program includes:

  • Screenings
  • Wellness exams and regular check-ups
  • Monitoring
  • Referrals
  • Education

The team at Doctor Susan Kawakami takes a holistic and preventive approach to care. The chronic disease management program helps them provide the specialized care you need to manage your chronic disease so you can live a healthy and happy life.

What happens during a chronic disease management?

The team at Doctor Susan Kawakami conducts comprehensive evaluations when you come to the office seeking help for the management of your chronic disease. Though the evaluation may be focused on your chronic health issue, the team provides care that encompasses your whole health. 

During your evaluation, the team reviews your symptoms and health concerns, medical history, and medication and supplement use. Then, the team conducts a physical exam, which may include diagnostic tests and screenings to assess current health and monitor changes. 

Based on the information gathered during your exam, the team develops your chronic disease management treatment plan, which may include:

  • Lifestyle modification
  • Exercise program
  • Disease-specific medication
  • Referrals to specialists

The team also spends a lot of time talking to you about your chronic disease and your treatment plan. The team asks you return to the office for regular follow ups, so they can monitor your health and adjust your treatment plan as needed.

Chronic diseases require competent and compassionate care. Contact the office of Doctor Susan Kawakami by phone or online today so you can get the care you need.