Adult Acute & Chronic Disease Care

We provide adult acute & chronic disease care to our patients in San Diego County.

At North Coast Family Medical Group, we provide adult acute & chronic disease care to our patients in San Diego County. If you are not a current patient, give us a call at (760) 942-0118 to speak with a member of our team.

What is acute disease care?

Acute illnesses usually develop quickly and last a short amount of time (only a few days or weeks). Examples of acute diseases include:

  • Asthma attacks
  • Bronchitis
  • Burns
  • The common cold
  • The flu
  • Heart attacks
  • Pneumonia
  • Strep Throat
  • Respiratory infections
  • Broken bones

These conditions generally come on rapidly but will improve after urgent or short-term care is provided. In some cases, as with the common cold, symptoms will improve on their own. The recovery time is usually pretty quick. Self-management can go a long way toward preventing acute diseases from occurring, but if they are unavoidable and severe, seek medical attention as quickly as possible.

What is chronic disease care?

Chronic diseases, on the other hand, develop slowly but will get worse over an extended period of time (months to years). Examples of chronic diseases include:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis
  • Obesity

These conditions take more time to develop than chronic conditions and might progress over time. Certain chronic diseases have warning signs while other have none. Unfortunately, chronic health conditions can only be controlled, not cured. Managing symptoms usually requires a health care plan and regular visits to the doctor. Your physician can provide you with medication, healthy eating advice, occupational and/or physical therapy and complementary treatments (for example, acupuncture). In order to ward off certain chronic conditions, we recommend implementing healthy lifestyle habits. Staying physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, eating right, limiting sun exposure and refraining from drugs and excessive alcohol use are extremely beneficial.