November 18, 2018

Chronic Conditions

Heart Disease:  Heart disease is the most common cause of death of adult Americans, and if often undiagnosed until someone suffers an event such as a heart attack. In fact, roughly 1/3 of those who die from a heart attach, it was their first symptom. This demonstrates the importance of preventive screening and living a healthy lifestyle.

If you are over 40, or have risk factors for heart disease, discuss this risk with your doctor.

Services available include:

Angioscreen - a simple 6 minute test to assess your risk of stroke or cardiovascular disease. Click on link below for more information.

https://www.mainlinehealth.org/conditions-and-treatments/treatments/angioscreen

Coronary Calcium Score - This CT scan of your heart can identify calcium deposits in the walls of your coronary arteries, which is evidence of coronary artery disease. Click on link below for more information.

https://www.mainlinehealth.org/conditions-and-treatments/treatments/coronary-calcium-score

Condition Management Coaching  - Through the Delaware Valley ACO. Professional Health Coaches can help you manage your risk factors for heart disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight loss or fitness. Call 610-225-6277 to enroll.

Lung Cancer Screening: Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of men and women in the United States, responsible for 160,000 deaths (and growing) each year. Until recently, there has been no reliable way to detect lung cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. However, new studies have shown that a Low-Dose CT scan can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20 percent in people who are at high risk (those with a long history of tobacco use, even if no longer smoking). 

The goal of a Low-Dose CT lung screening is to detect cancer at an early stage.  Review the Lung Cancer Screening brochure to determine if you are a candidate, and learn how to schedule this potentially life saving procedure.

Diabetes:  Diabetes, if not controlled, can cause of blindness, kidney failure, foot amputations, heart disease, and many other chronic conditions. Controlling your blood sugar on a daily basis is critical There are many resources available for treating those with diabetes or helping you prevent diabetes. Contact the MLH Diabetes Center at 484.476.8477.

Additionally, Provant Health has Health Coaching available for those with or at risk for Diabetes. Call Provant at 877-239-3557.