Switching Doctors? How, When, and Why to Make a Change in Your Primary Care Physician

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Apr 26, 2019 7:17:58 AM

In an ideal world, you would keep the same primary care physician (PCP) for life, but circumstances rarely afford this opportunity. There are several reasons you may need to switch your primary care doctor, and you may not know how to even begin what may seem like a daunting process. Use our guide below to help determine if the time is right for a change, how to go about the transition, and make certain you are moving to a different doctor’s care for the right reasons.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician

Sleep Health = Better Overall Health: Why a Good Night's Sleep is Important and When to See the Doctor

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Apr 11, 2019 3:15:09 PM

Sleep is as vital to good health as a balanced diet and adequate hydration, but sleep quality and quantity are sometimes easy to overlook. If you are dehydrated, you will likely feel thirsty. However, the effects of sleep deprivation or poor sleep quality can slowly creep up on you and may not be apparent immediately. Still, your sleep health is tied closely to your overall health, so it is important that you get good sleep and see your physician if you find yourself continuing to have trouble catching enough Zzzs.

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Topics: Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician

Risk Factors and Symptoms of Kidney Problems

Posted by Physicians Alliance of Connecticut on Mar 29, 2019 1:31:06 PM

Do you know exactly how important your kidneys are to your everyday well-being and what you can do to support good kidney health? Responsible for not only filtering your blood and removing the toxins that build up each day, your kidneys also help to regulate your body’s fluid levels. That’s why kidney disease is important to understand as the impairment of kidney function can significantly impact your health and in some cases, lifestyle. According to the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), 15% of Americans have some form of chronic kidney disease.

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Topics: Kidney Disease

Travel Vaccinations You May Need to Ensure Safe Spring Break Travel

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Mar 13, 2019 7:54:48 PM

Spring break is almost here and many families’ plans include travel during this vacation period. While journeying as a family is a great way to bond and have fun, there are some health preparations you need to make if you intend to travel to a foreign destination. Specifically, you should make certain all family members are up-to-date on their regular vaccinations and then obtain any necessary inoculations specific to your destination region.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician, Vaccinations

Do I Need a Primary Care Physician? PCP vs. Urgent Care

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Feb 28, 2019 8:30:00 AM

With urgent care centers popping up all over the place and emergency rooms always an option for timely health related issues, it can be difficult for some people to rationalize the need for a primary care physician (PCP). However, establishing care with a PCP is important when it comes to proactively maintaining your health, minimizing your risk for disease onset and providing healthcare within a holistic view. Below are some of the important reasons we believe it is a good plan of action to establish a relationship with a primary care physician.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician

Risk Factors for Heart Disease and How You Can Help Prevent It

Posted by Physicians Alliance of Connecticut on Feb 21, 2019 10:24:00 AM

The dangers of heart disease cannot be overstated. It is the number one cause of death in the United States for both women and men as well as the top cause of death worldwide. In fact, heart disease kills more people in the US annually than cancer and motor vehicle accidents combined. But despite the prevalence of heart disease, the good news is that there are actionable steps you can take to lower your risk of developing a problem.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician

2019 Healthcare Trends that Could Impact Patients in Connecticut

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Jan 18, 2019 12:54:35 PM

Experts point out that the U.S. healthcare system is moving toward a financial model that is based on value rather than volume. Whereas historically each patient visit to a doctor’s office or emergency room was seen as a revenue opportunity, healthcare systems are now more focused on keeping people healthy and out of the hospital. We can expect this evolution in healthcare to improve the patient experience and help strengthen customer loyalty, build reputation and brand, and even improve the overall health of our communities. And for patients, remaining healthy means spending less money on healthcare, using less time to receive care, and encountering less inconvenience.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician

What Causes Thyroid Problems and How are They Diagnosed?

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Jan 11, 2019 9:20:57 AM

January is National Thyroid Awareness Month, but patients often do not naturally give a lot of attention to this important gland. Your thyroid sits at the front of your trachea, or windpipe, in your neck and while it’s a small gland, it has several crucial functions concerning your metabolism and it helps regulate other body functions by constantly releasing a steady amount of thyroid hormones into the bloodstream.

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Topics: Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician, Thyroid

Seasonal Depression Disorder: How to Know if You Have More Than the Winter Blues

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Dec 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Seasonal depression disorder is perhaps better known as seasonal affective disorder (or SAD, an appropriate acronym). Over 16 million Americans suffer from SAD each year. As the American Psychiatric Association explains, the symptoms of SAD are similar to depression but are brought on in the US by the low light levels present during winter.

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Topics: Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician

Do You Have a Cold or the Flu? Recognizing Flu Symptoms in Adults and When to See the Doctor

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Dec 3, 2018 10:12:06 AM

Tis the season – unfortunately we’re talking flu season- where you start to wonder if what you’re feeling is more than just the common cold. With December 2 - 8  marking National Influenza Vaccination Week, it’s a timely step to receive your  flu vaccine (if you haven’t already) and to better understand the flu symptoms in adults so that if you do get sick this winter, you can tell if you have the flu or have contracted a common cold.

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Topics: Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician

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