Chronic Disease Management Specialist

Essential Medical Care

Family Medicine & Pain Management located in College Park, GA

About 133 million Americans suffer from chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis. At Essential Medical Care, family medicine physician Vickie James, MD, uses chronic disease management to reduce the risk of severe side effects and help people live healthy, vibrant lives. Call the office in College Park, Georgia, or book an appointment online today.

Chronic Disease Management Q&A

What is chronic disease management?

Chronic disease management provides patients with complete care for illnesses and disorders that are incurable. Specifically, it combines healthy lifestyle changes, prescription medicine, and patient education to relieve uncomfortable symptoms. Chronic disease management encourages a complete return to health and reduces the risk of hospitalization and premature death.

If you or a loved one is living with a chronic illness like diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic disease management can help you stay healthy and active.

What conditions does chronic disease management treat?

At Essential Medical Care, Dr. James uses chronic disease management to treat various illnesses and disorders, including:


Diabetes is caused by your body being unable to regulate blood sugar levels. Everyone needs blood sugar to survive. But if your levels remain high over a long period, it increases your risk of permanent nerve damage, vision loss, stroke, and organ damage. Dr. James can recommend treatments that keep your blood sugar levels where they need to be.

High blood pressure (hypertension)

If your blood pressure remains consistently high, you’re more likely to experience a heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure doesn’t always present symptoms. So you must be screened regularly, especially after 30.

High cholesterol

If you have high cholesterol, it means there are too many fats (or triglycerides) in your blood. Over time, these fats collect together, affecting your circulation. High cholesterol can’t be cured, but it can be managed with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and prescription medicine.


Asthma causes your airways to produce extra mucus, making it difficult to breathe. Asthma varies in severity. For some people, it’s a minor annoyance that makes it difficult to exercise. For others, it can trigger a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.


Arthritis is a group of diseases that cause inflammation of the joints. Dr. James treats many kinds of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA), post-traumatic arthritis, and gout.

Thyroid disorders

Thyroid disorders affect your thyroid, a gland in your neck that produces hormones. Anyone can suffer from a thyroid disorder, but they’re more common in women than men.

Who is a candidate for chronic disease management?

Anyone with a chronic medical condition like high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol can benefit from chronic disease management.

Even if you feel healthy, it’s important to visit Dr. James at least once a year. Regular check-ups can alert her — and you — to underlying health problems when they’re most responsive to treatment.

To explore the benefits of chronic disease management, make an appointment at Essential Medical Care by calling the office or booking online today.