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Chronic Care Specialist

Shamala Mohanasundaram, M.D. -  - Board Certified Family Medicine Physician

Dr. Shamala

Shamala Mohanasundaram, M.D.

Board Certified Family Medicine Physician located in Los Gatos, CA

A chronic disease or condition can become overwhelming as you navigate through your daily challenges. Board-certified family medicine physician Dr. Shamala is here to help and provides exceptional chronic care management at her private practice in Los Gatos, California. Dr. Shamala knows that carrying the heavy weight of a chronic disease on your shoulders can be daunting and often weigh you down, but you can relieve your symptoms and manage and improve your condition with the right medical support. Call Dr. Shamala’s office, or book an appointment online today.

Chronic Care Q & A

What is chronic care management?

Chronic care management refers to the highly personalized and careful medical management and monitoring of various chronic diseases and conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease. Chronic care management is long-term care, and, in many cases, lifelong care that revolves around relieving disease symptoms, lowering disease risks, and enhancing general health, wellness, and quality of life.

Many long-lasting and chronic conditions can typically be controlled, but, in most cases, they can’t be cured. For Dr. Shamala, the goal of chronic care management is usually to prevent complications and manage daily symptoms that could negatively affect your quality of life.

What are the most common chronic diseases?

Some of the most common chronic conditions include:

  • Heart failure
  • Arthritis
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Hypertension
  • COPD
  • Obesity
  • Acne
  • Skin disorders
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease 

Different conditions require different management, testing, and treatments.

Hypertension

Hypertension refers to high blood pressure, when the force your blood exerts against your artery walls is too high and can lead to complications. 

Diabetes

Diabetes has different types and involves problems with how your body metabolizes and utilizes sugar. With diabetes, you often have too much sugar in your bloodstream (high blood glucose).

Hyperlipidemia

Hyperlipidemia is the medical term for high blood cholesterol — a type of fat that your body needs to work properly. With hyperlipidemia, you have a high concentration of fat particles (lipids) in your blood.

Thyroid disorders

A thyroid disorder or disease refers to any dysfunction of your thyroid — the butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck. Your thyroid gland produces certain important hormones and thyroid disorders often lead to excess or insufficient amounts of these hormones.

What is involved with chronic care management?

Chronic care management involves check-ups, screenings, patient education, coordinating treatment, monitoring, and more. How Dr. Shamala treats your condition depends on the severity, type, your current symptoms, preferences, health, and other factors.

You begin with an in-depth discussion with Dr. Shamala, a physical exam, and any necessary testing, such as blood work or an X-ray.

To treat your chronic condition, Dr. Shamala might recommend several treatments, such as medications like anti-inflammatories and pain relievers, lifestyle changes like nutritional counseling, stress management, and regular appropriate exercise, vitamins and supplements, and patient education.

Dr. Shamala can help you live a healthier lifestyle and relieve your pain. She can also provide you with referrals when necessary, such as a referral for a colonoscopy.

For chronic care management from a warmhearted and dedicated physician, look no further than Dr. Shamala, and call or book through the online system.