Blog

OUR LATEST BLOG

183621242_l_normal_none-1200x800.jpg
01/Apr/2023

When it comes to maintaining good heart health, prevention is key. One important tool in prevention is heart health screening tests. These tests can help identify potential risk factors for heart disease, allowing for early intervention and treatment. In this article, we’ll explore some of the most common heart health screening tests, what they entail, and what you need to know before getting tested.

  1. Blood pressure screening Blood pressure screening is a simple test that measures the force of your blood against the walls of your arteries. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. The test involves using a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope to measure your blood pressure. Normal blood pressure is typically around 120/80 mm Hg, but optimal blood pressure can vary depending on age, health status, and other factors.
  2. Cholesterol screening: Cholesterol screening tests measure your cholesterol levels, including total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, and triglycerides. High levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides can increase your risk of heart disease, while high levels of HDL cholesterol can lower your risk. The test typically involves a blood draw, and fasting may be required before the test.
  3. Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG): An electrocardiogram is a test that measures the electrical activity of your heart. It can help identify irregular heart rhythms, which can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. The test involves placing electrodes on your chest, arms, and legs, which are connected to a machine that records your heart’s electrical activity. The test is painless and non-invasive.
  4. Stress test: A stress test, also known as an exercise stress test, measures how well your heart responds to physical activity. It can help identify potential blockages in your arteries and evaluate your overall heart health. During the test, you’ll be asked to walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike while your heart rate and blood pressure are monitored.
  5. Calcium scoring: Calcium scoring is a non-invasive imaging test that measures the amount of calcium in your heart’s arteries. The test can help identify the presence of plaque buildup, which can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. The test involves a CT scan, and no special preparation is required.

Heart health screening tests are an important tool in maintaining good heart health. By identifying potential risk factors for heart disease early on, you can take steps to reduce your risk and improve your overall health. If you have any concerns about your heart health, talk to your doctor about which screening tests are right for you.

Agape Family Medical Center Wants to Be Your Primary Care Home

Contact us to schedule an appointment by clicking this link or calling 203-527-3576


173330999_l_normal_none-1200x800.jpg
01/Mar/2023

Gout is a painful condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and while its symptoms can be managed with proper treatment, it’s important to understand the role that genetics can play in its development.

If you have a family history of gout, you may be at a higher risk of developing this condition. Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood, which can lead to the formation of crystals in the joints, causing inflammation and pain. While lifestyle factors like diet and alcohol consumption can also contribute to high uric acid levels, genetics can play a significant role.

Studies have shown that gout tends to run in families, and individuals with a family history of gout are more likely to develop the condition themselves. This is because certain genes can affect the way that the body processes and eliminates uric acid, making some people more susceptible to its build-up in the blood.

In fact, research has identified several genes that are associated with gout, including SLC2A9, ABCG2, and SLC22A11. These genes are involved in the transport and elimination of uric acid, and variations in these genes can increase an individual’s risk of developing gout.

However, having a genetic predisposition to gout does not necessarily mean that you will develop the condition. Lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, and alcohol consumption can also play a role, and making healthy choices can help reduce your risk.

If you have a family history of gout, it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the condition, such as sudden and severe joint pain, redness, and swelling. Early diagnosis and treatment can help manage symptoms and prevent complications.

Gout is a complex condition with both genetic and lifestyle factors contributing to its development. While genetics can increase your risk, making healthy lifestyle choices can help reduce that risk and manage symptoms if you do develop the condition. If you have a family history of gout, talk to your healthcare provider about steps you can take to stay healthy and manage your risk.

Agape Family Medical Center Wants to Be Your Primary Care Home

We want to be your primary care physician!. Contact us to schedule an appointment by clicking this link or calling 203-527-3576


162689752_l-1200x800.jpg
01/Feb/2023

As an adult it is common to forget that you still need to stay up to date on your vaccines. Many think that the only vaccines they need are the ones they got when they were children and forget to stay up to date as they go through adulthood. If you are unsure which vaccines you still need we are here to help you.

What vaccines do adults need?

Adult vaccines to consider include:

  • Flu (influenza) vaccine. To prevent the flu, the CDC recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone ages 6 months or older. Adults age 50 and older should not get the nasal spray flu vaccine. The flu can cause serious complications in older adults.
  • Pneumococcal vaccine. The CDC recommends the pneumococcal vaccines — there are two — for adults age 65 and older. Younger adults at increased risk for pneumococcal disease also might need a dose of the vaccine. Pneumococcal disease causes infections, such as pneumonia, meningitis and bloodstream infections.
  • Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine. One dose of Tdap is routinely given at age 11 or 12. If you’ve never had a Tdap vaccine, the CDC recommends getting the Tdap vaccine as soon as possible. One dose of Tdap vaccine is also recommended during each pregnancy, ideally between week 27 and 36 of pregnancy. Tdap can protect you from tetanus (lockjaw), whooping cough (pertussis) and diphtheria, which can lead to breathing problems. A Td booster is recommended every 10 years.
  • Shingles. To prevent shingles, the CDC recommends the vaccine Shingrix for healthy adults age 50 and older. It’s given in two doses. While not life-threatening, shingles can be very painful.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV). The CDC recommends the HPV vaccine for girls and boys ages 11 or 12. Teens and young adults who begin the vaccine series later, at ages 15 through 26, should continue to receive three doses of the vaccine. The FDA also has approved the HPV vaccine Gardasil 9 for males and females ages 9 to 45. HPV is a common virus that can lead to cancer.
  • COVID-19. When you are eligible, get a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine. A COVID-19 vaccine might prevent you from getting COVID-19 or from becoming seriously ill or dying due to COVID-19.

How to check your vaccination status

To gather information about your vaccination status, talk to your parents or other caregivers. Check with your doctor’s office, as well as any previous doctors’ offices, schools and employers. Or contact your state health department to see if it has a registry that includes adult immunizations.

If you can’t find your records, your doctor might be able to do blood tests to see if you are immune to certain diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. You might need to get some vaccines again.

Agape Family Medical Center Wants to Be Your Primary Care Home

Contact us to schedule an appointment by clicking this link or calling 203-527-3576


181073793_l-1200x784.jpg
01/Jan/2023

Should I see a doctor? It’s a question many people ask. Despite what you may tell yourself, major symptoms and incidents aren’t the only reasons to go see the doctor. Whatever your situation, remember that for many conditions early detection can lead to better outcomes. Read on for 10 telltale signs it’s time to go see the doctor—including when your cough is bad enough to merit a visit.

Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive; above all, go with your gut—if instinct tells you something is wrong, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention.

YOU HAVE A PERSISTENT, HIGH FEVER

A fever is one way your body naturally fights infection. However, if you have a fever above 103˚ Fahrenheit (39.4˚ Celsius) or a fever that lasts more than three days, you should call your doctor. A more serious infection could be at play.

YOUR COLD BECOMES UNUSUALLY BAD

It’s not always easy to know when to go to the doctor for a cold; if yours doesn’t pass or even worsens, seek professional help. Specifically, watch for the following:

    • A severe cough that lingers more than two weeks may indicate whooping cough, while sustained congestion can lead to a sinus infection if left untreated.
    • If you have a fever, muscle aches or other flu-like symptoms, you may in fact have the flu. In these cases, it’s best to see the doctor for a Tamiflu prescription. Seniors, expecting mothers and persons with heart disease should exercise extra caution, as they are more likely to develop complications from the flu.
    • Extremely difficult swallowing, chest pain and shortness of breath are not normal cold symptoms and may indicate a more serious condition.
    • If you can’t keep anything down, you may need an IV to get fluids to help your body function.

YOU’VE LOST WEIGHT SUDDENLY AND WITHOUT EXPLANATION

An unexplained drop in weight could indicate overactive thyroid, diabetes, depression or liver disease, among other things. As a general rule of thumb, if you’ve lost more than 10% of your body weight in the last six months (and you’re not obese), make an appointment with your doctor.

YOUR BOWEL MOVEMENT OR URINATION HAS CHANGED

Keep in mind that bowel movement and urination can vary from person to person, so the most important thing to look for is a sudden change in your own pattern, whether that’s bloody or black stools, diarrhea or constipation, or excessive urination. When these crop up, it’s a good idea to consult with your doctor.

YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE A CONCUSSION

If you’ve fallen on your head or suffered a blow to it, monitor for the symptoms of concussion. These can include difficulty concentrating, headache, irritability and change in sleep pattern; if any of these develop, see your doctor.

YOU DEVELOP UNEXPECTED SYMPTOMS AFTER A PROCEDURE OR STARTING A NEW MEDICATION

Anytime you undergo a medical procedure or surgery, get an immunization, or start a new medication, ask your doctor in advance about the known symptoms. Monitor for these and if anything out of the ordinary occurs, call the doctor’s office to see if an appointment is advised.

Agape Family Medical Center Wants to Be Your Primary Care Home

We want to be your primary care physician!. Contact us to schedule an appointment by clicking this link or calling 203-527-3576


doc-appt.jpg
17/Oct/2020

Six in ten American adults have a chronic disease. That’s means over half of the adults you know are a dealing with a life threatening disease. Now consider this: Four in ten U.S. adults have two or more chronic diseases such as diabetes.

In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, more than two-thirds of all deaths in America are caused by one of the following chronic diseases:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • COPD
  • Diabetes

Complications Related to Chronic Diseases

Regular appointments help you avoid any serious complications that can arise from chronic illnesses. Still don’t think you need to show up to each appointment? Let’s take a look at some of the serious problems that can happen if these diseases are not properly managed.

DIABETES

When you have diabetes, it may take your body longer to recover from injuries or infections. You can also develop other serious problems such as:

Glaucoma
Cataracts
Kidney disease
High blood pressure
Stroke
Heart disease

Some of these problems, such as kidney disease, don’t show any symptoms until the disease has dramatically progressed. That’s why regular appointments—including blood tests—are so important for those with diabetes. Almost half of those with diabetes can also develop neuropathy, which is another word for nerve damage.

You may not think of diabetes affecting your skin, but if left unchecked, the disease can also lead to bacterial infections such as:

  • Styes
  • Boils
  • Folliculitis
  • Deep skin infections (carbuncles) Nail infections

As internal medicine physicians in Waterbury CT, we specialize in treating diseases such as diabetes, because we take a look at how one illness can affect the systems of the entire body.

HEART DISEASE

Heart disease is sometimes called the silent killer because most people don’t know they even have it.

By working with Agape Family Medical Center, you can be sure you’re keeping up with the things needed to reduce your risk for the disease. For example, we’ll be able to monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol.

If we discover a problem, we’re also able to reach a diagnosis.

If you have heart disease, it’s important to follow-up with your cardiologist to ensure that you’re following the right treatment protocols. Failure to do so can lead to more serious tissue destruction, heart attack or stroke.

CANCER

Early detection is the key to being a cancer survivor and why it’s so important to have regular screenings. For example, we offer cancer screenings such as Pap smears that detect cervical cancer early. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men and unfortunately most men don’t know they have it. Again if detected early enough we can stop this in its tracks and increase your chances of survival

Agape Family Medical Center Wants to Be Your Primary Care Home

Chronic diseases never stop. They don’t wait for your schedule to be more convenient. They can consistently lead to some of the most devastating medical problems. That’s why you can’t afford to skip your doctor’s appointment.

At Agape Family Medical Center, we’re here to help you fight chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Through management, treatment, education and nutritional counseling, we’ll help you make positive changes that enable you to live your healthiest life.

We want to be your primary care physician and if you are dealing with chronic disease, help you manage it. Contact us to schedule an appointment by clicking this link or calling 203-527-3576


afmc-Logo-Proof-4

At Agape Family Medical Center, your primary care physician is your main doctor over the course of many years, and primary care physicians treat the whole person, not just a disease or an organ system. We are your personal physician, health advocate and wellness advisor throughout all the stages of your life.

Waterbury

Address: 1078 W. Main St. Suite 3 (2nd Floor) Waterbury, CT 06708

Phone: 203-527-3576

Phone 2nd: 475 233 2960

Email: [email protected]

Hartford

Address: 2550 Main Street. Ste 205 Hartford, CT 06120

Phone: 860-519 0650

Fax: 860 461 7972

Email: [email protected]

Stratedia | © Copyright 2023 | All Rights Reserved | Family Physician |