Chronic diseases are defined as conditions that last 1 year or more. They are characterized by either requiring ongoing medical attention or limiting your daily activities or both.Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Their management is important to improve the quality of life, decrease disability and death while improving the overall community health.
High blood pressure or hypertension is quite common in all ages and is mostly asymptomatic. If left untreated, it can cause damage to the brain, heart, kidneys and blood vessels.
Hypertension is a leading cause for stroke, heart disease and kidney failure. It is managed by adopting a healthier lifestyle including regular exercise, restricting salt and processed foods, good sleep and medications as needed.
High blood sugar or Diabetes mellitus is caused by lack of or inadequate action of insulin in our body. It can cause general symptoms such as fatigue, frequent infections as well as frequent urination, increased thirst and increased appetite. If untreated it can lead to damage to brain, heart, kidneys, nerves, eyes and blood vessels. Management includes adopting a healthy lifestyle, regular physical exercise and medications as needed.
Hyperlipidemia or elevated blood cholesterol (fat cells) along with Obesity (excessive or over weight) are lifestyle diseases. Poor lifestyle choices including unhealthy diet, lack of physical exercise are the main risk factors for both. Both then, can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, stroke, diabetes type 2, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Bassi can advise and guide you to adopt a healthy lifestyle, making sensible dietary changes, increase physical activity and lose weight, thereby reducing the risk of comorbidities associated with hyperlipidemia and Obesity.
Metabolic syndrome is suspected in a person who has increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels. It increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes in a person. Aggressive lifestyle modifications such as optimal diet and physical exercise is recommended for these patients.
Most of these chronic illnesses are caused by poor lifestyle choices, increased stress levels and inadequate sleep. Dr. Bassi believes that making lifestyle changes are important in the management of chronic diseases. Lifestyle changes include improving your exercise levels and sleep, reduction in stress levels while following a healthy and sustainable diet are crucial in the management of chronic diseases. Dr. Bassi also offers a comprehensive approach in management of diseases. These include screenings, check-ups, monitoring and coordination of treatment, and patient education. He will identify the patients at risk, treat underlying illness as well as contributing factors, while promoting self-management by patients.
His goal is to have the best possible outcome for the patient, both short and long term. He also provides quick, stress free referrals to specialists as needed and a seamless follow up transition care in case of your hospitalization.
Dr. Bassi uses state of the art clinical information systems, evidence-based practice, team care planning, and all available community resources to help you as his patient. He provides patient centered care with a goal of improving and enriching your quality of life, reducing hospitalizations while decreasing your health care costs.
As your primary care physician, Dr. Bassi will formulate a personalized health care plan centered around you. His empathic demeanor will keep in mind your personal health beliefs, living situation, family dynamics and financial circumstances. Dr. Bassi’s goal is to advise and teach you to self- manage your illness, such as learning to take medications and monitor the condition at home. This in turn will help you carry on normal life and activities and manage the emotional impact the illness can have on you and your family.
He firmly believes in the philosophy that if your diet is poor, the medications won’t work, and if your diet is good, you do not need medications. Dr. Bassi will advise, guide and supervise you to adopt, follow and sustain a healthy lifestyle so that you can live your best possible life while enjoying it. He will be holding your hand every step of the way during this journey. Dr. Bassi’s mission is to improve your health and quality of life, heal your mind and body, and help you achieve your wellness goals.