Patient Education

Asthma Treatment and Medications

Asthma treatment involves the use of "rescue" medications to treat asthma symptoms and "preventive" medications to keep asthma under control, as well as a plan to track and manage your asthma symptoms. See your family physician about asthma treatment options and to develop a personalized Asthma Action Plan. More...

Benefits of Vaccines

Vaccines provide protection from serious illnesses, such as measles, whooping cough, and meningitis. In healthy individuals, the benefits of vaccines far outweigh the risks. Vaccines protect not only yourself but also others around you. Talk to your family doctor about the importance of vaccines. More...

Cholesterol-Lowering Medications

If you can not bring your blood cholesterol levels to healthy level through proper diet and exercise, your physician may recommend a medication, such as a "statin", to lower your cholesterol. Medications do not "cure" high cholesterol so they much be continues to keep your cholesterol levels in the recommended range. More...

Contraception

Contraception (birth control) is designed to prevent pregnancy. It also allows women to plan the timing of pregnancy. The most appropriate method of birth control depends on a woman's overall health, age, frequency of sexual activity, desire to have children in the future, family history, and personal preferences. Options include continuous abstinence, rhythm method, barrier methods (condom, diaphragm), hormonal methods ("the pill", patch, injection, vaginal ring), and implantable devices. Consult with your family physician to determine the best method of birth control for you. More...

High Blood Pressure Treatment

High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, but can lead serious medical problems, including heart failure, kidney failure, and stroke. If you have high blood pressure (hypertension), your family physician may recommend a treatment plan to bring your blood pressure under control. Treatment options include lifestyle changes (dietary changes, weight loss, smoking cessation) and blood pressure medications. More...

Influenza (The Flu)

Flu is a contagious illness caused by the influenza virus, usually occurring from Fall into Spring. 5-20% individuals get the flu each year and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications. Symptoms include fever (not everyone with flu will have a fever), headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny nose and muscle aches. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. More...

Diabetes Medications - Oral

Oral medications are often prescribed for people with type 2 diabetes to control their blood sugar (glucose) levels. These "diabetes pills" are prescribed along with meal planning and physical activity. Several kinds of diabetes pills are available. Each works in a different way. Some diabetes medicines work well together and may be used in combination. More...

What is a Family Physician?

Family physicians are dedicated to treating the whole person and are trained in adult medicine, pediatrics and women's health. Family medicine works by developing an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is an esteemed, professional association of family physicians. Those who are members and have met certain professional criteria may be designated with the title of "Fellow of the Academy of Family Physicians" (FAAFP). More...