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March 22, 2021
Category: Health Care
Tags: Chronic Disease  

Having a primary care doctor that you trust is key to helping you manage chronic illnesses.

Here at Rios Healthcare Associates, our Houston, TX, board-certified doctors Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal understand that managing and treating chronic diseases isn’t always easy. After all, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Fortunately, Dr. Rios and Dr. Neal can work with you to find the treatment options that best fit your unique needs and health concerns.

Some of the most common chronic diseases we see include,

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis

When it comes to managing one or more chronic diseases, your physician is an integral part of crafting a treatment plan that will help you lead the best life possible while also managing symptoms and preventing complications.

Ways We Manage Chronic Diseases

Not all chronic diseases will respond to the same types of treatments. This is why our Houston, TX, team of physicians can craft a treatment plan that’s based on your condition, the symptoms you’re experiencing, and your current health and lifestyle. There are many ways in which we can help you manage chronic disease. Some of these include,

Lifestyle changes: Everything from physical activity to what you eat and how well you sleep can impact someone with chronic health problems. You might be surprised to discover just how much your symptoms can improve by cleaning up your current lifestyle. Our medical team can work with you to help you lose weight, determine the best food and nutrition options for you and also determine the best workout routine to make sure you are taking advantage of its health benefits.

Medications: We know that certain health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can improve drastically just by implementing a healthier lifestyle; however, many of these conditions will still need medication to keep them in check. Our doctors can also provide you with the right medications to help control everything from asthma attacks to high blood sugar.

Alternative options and therapies: Our doctors are always staying up to date on the latest treatment options and medications available to those with chronic conditions, so we also can provide this information to you. Along with medications and lifestyle adjustments, we may also recommend supplementation, acupuncture, or massage therapy, which has also been proven to improve symptoms of depression, anxiety, diabetes, digestive issues, and high blood pressure.

We understand how chronic disease can impact all facets of a person’s life, which is why the medical team at Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston, TX, wants to make sure that you get the care you need to leave a happier, healthier, and richer life. To discuss your chronic disease management needs with one of our qualified medical professionals, call (832) 323-9230 today.

March 19, 2021
Category: Health Care
Tags: Annual Exam  

When was the last time you visited the doctor for your annual wellness check?

Annual checkups aren’t just for kids and teens. In fact, adults can also benefit from visiting their doctor at least once a year for a comprehensive examination. Here in Houston, TX, our board-certified doctors Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal want to make sure that their patients lead long, healthy, and full lives. One of the best ways to do this is to provide preventive checkups and screenings that can improve patient health and also catch health issues early.

Thinking about skipping out on your next annual checkup? Here’s why that isn’t a wise idea.

Know Your Levels

With millions of Americans dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol it’s important that you know your numbers. Of course, many people have these conditions but don’t even know it. This is one big reason why you should visit your doctor once a year. Here at our Houston, TX, practice, we can easily measure blood pressure and take bloodwork to check blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Knowing these levels and making necessary changes to your lifestyle now could prevent a stroke or heart attack.

Keep Up to Date on Vaccines

Vaccines aren’t just for kids and teens. Adults can benefit from getting certain vaccines such as the flu shot once a year. Throughout the years, our Houston, TX, doctors may also recommend other types of vaccines including HPV and shingles. By visiting your doctor once a year we can make sure that you get the vaccines you need to protect yourself from illnesses.

Get Screened for Cancer

You may be surprised to discover that a simple annual checkup could also detect cancer. Depending on your age, lifestyle, and risk factors we may recommend screenings for breast and cervical cancer, prostate cancer, or skin cancer. By catching cancer early on when it’s treatable we can save lives. Get screened at your next annual checkup and protect your health.

Better Understand Your Symptoms

If you’re feeling tired all the time or dealing with brain fog these seemingly common issues could actually be signs of other problems such as thyroid disease, sleep disorders, or a nutritional deficiency. This is why it’s important to bring up any symptoms you are experiencing with your doctor during your annual checkup. That way we can run the appropriate tests and blood work to find out what’s going on.

Nothing is more important than your health. If you or your teen is well overdue for their annual checkup, all you have to do is call Rios Healthcare Associates at (832) 323-9230 and we’d be happy to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rios or Dr. Neal when it’s convenient for you.