Family Medicine

Chronic Conditions

Half of all people in the U.S. have at least one chronic medication condition. Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in our country. Yet most people do not manage their chronic illnesses successfully.

Carilion wants to change that. Our primary care providers are skilled and experienced in treating whatever chronic disease you may suffer from-heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), cancer, etc. We're experts at caring for people who have more than one chronic illness at a time, an especially common occurrence as you grow older. Since we have one of the largest multi-specialty physician practices in Virginia, we can offer the extra assurance of having your PCP work closely with the other Carilion specialists who are treating you for your various conditions.

A primary goal is to help you learn how to better manage your chronic conditions yourself, so you can stay healthy and happy at home. We're here to help with information on how to take the right medicines at the right times, reminders on the importance of keeping your regular medical appointments, cutting out bad habits such as smoking, and adopting healthier habits such as eating well and getting regular exercise. We offer many different programs to help you develop a healthier lifestyle, including one-on-one patient education services, classes, counseling services, support groups, and our new Carilion Longevity Program.