Internal medicine physicians are trained to diagnose and treat common health conditions as well as problems related to specialties such as cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, rheumatology, endocrinology, and psychiatry. Dr. Ezratty and Dr. Harris also focus on providing preventive care so you can maintain optimal health.
Beyond their medical expertise, there is another great advantage to receiving your primary health care from an internist: Their full attention is on the whole person, with the goal of developing a doctor-patient relationship you can depend upon for the long term.
You should look at an Internist as your health care quarterback, who can treat the majority of your medical problems and when a specialist is needed will refer you to a qualified specialist.
Chronic diseases may be preventable. Once they develop, they can be successfully managed. The most common chronic diseases are:
Dr. Ezratty and Dr. Harris are dedicated to helping you prevent chronic disease with a two-pronged approach:
You can often avoid chronic diseases with lifestyle changes, so the doctors develop a prevention plan customized to meet your needs, whether that means dietary changes, losing weight, or other measures.
If you’re diagnosed with a chronic disease, you can count on your Park South doctor to provide ongoing management. Managing a disease means taking the steps required to keep the disease under control and stop it from worsening. In most cases, your doctor can keep you from needing a specialist, but if that need arises, they’ll continue to manage your health care.
Gastritis — inflammation of the inner lining of your stomach — can become chronic, and when it does, it can last for years or even a lifetime. This condition can be caused by:
Chronic gastritis requires management to prevent complications such as ulcers and stomach cancer. Like other chronic conditions, the key is developing and following an effective treatment plan that may include medication, changes in your diet to avoid irritating foods, and supplements to replace nutrient deficiencies.
Dr. Ezratty and Dr. Harris look forward to supporting your health — call or book an appointment online for a preventive exam or chronic disease screening.