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How to Get Started with Chronic Care Management Nov 2nd, 2022

You may be surprised to learn that 60% of adults in America have a chronic health condition. If you’re one of them, you know how frustrating it can be to coordinate care across different health teams. This lack of integrated care often contributes to complications and other issues.  Chronic care...

Top 10 Reasons to Seek an Urgent Care Visit Oct 7th, 2022

Illnesses and accidents rarely hit at convenient times or give you time to plan an appointment in advance. Fortunately, urgent care offers fast, affordable care — usually at a lower cost than emergency room (ER) treatment.  When your condition isn’t severe enough to make a trip to the ER but...

When Insect Bites and Stings Require Urgent Care Sep 6th, 2022

Here in the warm, humid Washington, D.C., area, insect bites and stings may not be welcome, but they are a part of life. And even if you take steps to avoid them, bites and stings can be difficult to avoid.  While these annoying bites may make you itch or cause...

Understanding the 5 Parts of Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Aug 1st, 2022

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) uses technology and mobile medical devices to help health care providers monitor your well-being remotely between regular visits. The devices, which vary based on your condition, send health data to your providers, who use it to identify changes to your condition or alert your care team when...

5 Important Benefits of Chronic Care Management (CCM) Jul 1st, 2022

Chronic diseases in America are on the rise. At least 60% of all U.S. adults have one chronic health condition, and about 40% have more than one chronic disease.  This is big news, since chronic diseases are the leading causes of disability and death in the U.S. Fortunately, chronic care management (CCM) offers a...

Diet or Exercise? Which Is Most Important to Weight Loss? Jun 1st, 2022

If you’re one of the millions of Americans struggling with their weight, you’ve heard that a healthy diet and regular exercise are key to sustained weight loss. But which of these two healthy habits is most important for shedding pounds? At Prima Medicine, we hear this question from many patients at our Fairfax...

Helping a Loved One With Memory Loss May 1st, 2022

Do you have a loved one struggling with forgetfulness or memory loss? Are you worried their symptoms are a sign of a more serious cognitive condition? If so, you know how difficult memory loss can be — for you and your loved one.  At Prima Medicine in Fairfax and South...

Health Benefits of Losing Weight Mar 1st, 2022

If you’re carrying excess weight, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly three-quarters of American adults are overweight, and about 43% of those are obese.  Unfortunately, being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing many serious health conditions, including multiple forms of heart...

Tips for Staying Active When You Have Arthritis Feb 1st, 2022

Did you know that arthritis impacts more than 50 million American adults, making it the leading cause of disability in the United States? Joint pain and inflammation, which can make carrying out even simple daily tasks a challenge, characterize this degenerative disease.   At Prima Medicine, with offices in Fairfax and...

Can Your Diet Impact Your Mood? Jan 5th, 2022

If you’re struggling with a mood disorder, you’re not alone. At least one in five American adults has a diagnosed behavioral health condition, and many more may suffer without an official diagnosis.  At Prima Medicine in Fairfax and South Riding, Virginia, our experienced care team offers compassionate guidance on many...

3 Immediate Health Benefits of Losing Your First 10 Pounds Dec 6th, 2021

The new year is just around the corner, making this the perfect time to give yourself the gift of a healthy weight. But, losing extra pounds can be very difficult, especially if you go it alone. In fact, although about half of American adults report trying to lose weight each...

Lesser-known Complications of Diabetes Nov 3rd, 2021

If you’re one of the 35 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes, you already know the disease affects your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. And you probably know that issues with your kidneys can result.  But many people don’t know about other serious health conditions that uncontrolled diabetes can cause....

At-home Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes Oct 7th, 2021

Did you know about 35 million Americans have diabetes? That’s 11% of the men, women, and children in our country! What’s more? An additional 88 million adults have prediabetes.  Left untreated, prediabetes can become Type 2 diabetes, a disease that stops your body from managing blood sugar. Type 2 diabetes...

What’s Causing Your High Blood Pressure? Sep 6th, 2021

It may be hard to believe, but almost half of all American adults have chronic high blood pressure. This condition, called hypertension, can lead to serious complications, including death, if left untreated.  Doctors often refer to chronic high blood as a “silent killer,” because it doesn’t usually have any obvious...

Why Do I Need an Annual Physical? Aug 10th, 2021

If you’re like most Americans, you have many obligations competing for your attention. When things get busy, it can be easy to let routine appointments and commitments slide.  But prevention is the best medicine when it comes to your health, which means making sure you make — and keep —...

Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous? Jul 13th, 2021

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects more than 18 million Americans. But many people don’t realize they have sleep apnea until someone they live with complains about the loud snoring or strange breathing they have while they sleep.  Unfortunately, untreated sleep apnea can be dangerous to your...

How to Prepare for Your Immigration Physical Jun 17th, 2021

Along with the excitement of learning about a new culture, finding work, and getting housing, immigrating to the United States as either a new citizen or with a visa also involves completing your entry medical exam, or immigration physical. At Prima Medicine in Fairfax and South Riding, Virginia, our providers...

Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack? May 1st, 2021

Did you know that every 40 seconds, someone in America suffers from a heart attack? In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. Heart disease is sometimes called a “silent killer,” because it doesn’t present symptoms until a cardiac event strikes. Heart attacks...

Tips for Avoiding a UTI Apr 1st, 2021

The urge to urinate frequently, pain and burning when you try to go — the symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) are never pleasant. Fortunately, the condition is highly treatable.   At Prima Medicine, with locations in Fairfax and South Riding, Virginia, our health experts provide fast and effective treatments...

5 Steps to Take If You Have Prediabetes Mar 11th, 2021

Did you know that more than one-third of American adults have prediabetes, putting them at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. If you’ve been told you have high blood sugar or are prediabetic, there are steps you can take to turn your health around.  At Prima Medicine, with locations...

When to See a Doctor About Acid Reflux Feb 1st, 2021

Did you know that about 20% of American adults deal with episodes of acid reflux at least twice a week? Occasional instances of acid reflux can be normal, but chronic acid reflux can impact your life in negative ways, from worrying about when and what you eat to the pain...

5 Signs of Sleep Apnea Jan 1st, 2021

An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. This troublesome disorder, which causes a person to stop breathing repeatedly during sleep, can lead to serious — even life-threatening — complications. At Prima Medicine, with locations in Fairfax and South Riding, Virginia, our sleep experts are committed to helping patients...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

When to Consider Telemedicine Dec 1st, 2020

Telemedicine — or telehealth — is a popular method that uses safe and secure systems to provide high-quality medical care to patients right from their home. But not every medical interaction is ideal for virtual medical care.  Sometimes, a physical exam is needed to make the right health care decisions...

Why Rest is Important When You Have the Flu Nov 30th, 2020

With November’s arrival, it’s official: We’re now in the heart of the cold and flu season. About 10-50 million Americans get the flu each year, and with the COVID-19 global pandemic, it’s more important than ever to stay healthy and strong.  At Prima Medicine, our providers want to help you...

4 Tips for Choosing a Plan During Insurance Enrollment Season Oct 1st, 2020

Autumn is officially here, and along with pumpkins, changing leaves, and cooler temperatures, it’s also enrollment season for health insurance. Open enrollment is a time to renew, change, or enroll in an insurance plan.  At Prima Medicine, we understand how challenging it can be to select the right plan for...

How to Manage Chronic Constipation Sep 1st, 2020

Do you suffer from recurring bouts of constipation? Our caring providers at Prima Medicine in Fairfax and South Riding, Virginia, want to help you find relief from the discomfort and pain that chronic constipation can bring.   If you’re struggling to move your bowels and pass stools, it’s important to seek...

Pain and Bloating: Is it Indigestion or a Stomach Ulcer? Aug 10th, 2020

Did you know that both indigestion and stomach ulcers have many of the same symptoms? If you’re suffering from chronic pain and bloating, it could be difficult to know what’s causing your discomfort.  Because telling the difference between the two can be difficult, it’s important to schedule an appointment with...

How Much Memory Loss is Normal with Aging? Jul 13th, 2020

If you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss, you know firsthand the psychological and emotional distress it can cause. What’s more? With so many aging adults struggling with memory, it can be hard to know what’s normal and what’s not.     More than 50 million people worldwide currently suffer...

Don’t Ignore These Symptoms of Sleep Apnea Jun 23rd, 2020

You probably know that snoring is an often-cited symptom of sleep apnea. But did you know there are other less obvious symptoms of this widespread disorder? About 18 million Americans struggle with sleep apnea, and if not treated, this troublesome condition can cause serious and potentially life-threatening complications.   At Prima...

Understanding Your Thyroid’s Effect on Your Health May 4th, 2020

Are you feeling more tired than normal lately, or is maintaining your weight seeming to be a struggle? Problems with your thyroid could be the cause.  Approximately 20 million Americans battle thyroid problems, and the American Thyroid Association estimates many more — about 60% of Americans — are unaware of...

How do COVID-19 Symptoms Differ from Those Caused by Seasonal Allergies, Colds, and the Flu? Apr 1st, 2020

It can be nerve-wracking to know there’s a new kind of bug going around, and we’re not exactly sure how it’s spread. Every sneeze, tickle in the throat, or muscle ache can make you wonder, “Do I have coronavirus?”  The medical teams at Prima Medicine, with locations in Washington, D.C.,...

5 Signs You May Have an Ulcer Mar 5th, 2020

Did you know that stomach ulcers ― also called peptic ulcers ― affect at least 1 in 10 Americans over the course of their lives? And while stomach ulcers can be treated easily when caught early, lack of medical care can lead to serious complications.   Understanding the signs of stomach...

How Seeking Proper Medical Care For Angina Can Help Prevent Heart Attacks Feb 1st, 2020

Not all chest pain indicates a serious medical problem. For example, you might experience chest pain due to indigestion or a strained muscle. But, if your chest pain is related to your heart, it could indicate a serious condition.  At Prima Medicine, in Fairfax and South Riding, Virginia, our care...

Why You Should Add an Annual Physical to Your New Year's Resolution List Jan 1st, 2020

We hear the term, ‘self-care’ thrown around all the time, but what does it mean? Some people use the term to describe taking time out to relax, away from the places and things that stress you out. Our team at Prima Medicine in Fairfax and South Riding, VA is always...

Who is at Risk for Developing Arthritis? Dec 1st, 2019

Millions of Americans are living with arthritis. This inflammatory condition causes pain and can limit mobility. When you think of arthritis, older adults likely come to mind, and it’s true, age is a major risk factor for developing arthritis. However, a number of other factors put you at risk for...

The Link Between Obesity and Diabetes Nov 1st, 2019

It’s official: the CDC says that nearly one-tenth of Americans have diabetes, and an additional third have prediabetes — meaning that if they don’t get treatment, they could develop Type 2 diabetes in the next five years. Even worse are the numbers surrounding obesity: nearly a third of adults in...

What Every Woman Should Know About Heart Disease Oct 1st, 2019

Heart disease accounts for almost as many deaths of American women as it does for men -- but only around half of women recognize their risk of death from heart disease. Women often have different symptoms of heart problems than men, and their risk rises after menopause and with advanced...

Prima Medicine is Excited to Introduce Dr. Harneet Rikki Kohli to the Team Aug 11th, 2019

Here at Prima Medicine, we’re proud to announce the recruitment of Harneet Rikki Kohli, MD to our medical team. Dr. Kohli joins us as the second internal medicine specialist on staff at our two locations: Fairfax and South Riding, Virginia. We’re beyond thrilled to have Dr. Kohli as part of...

What is Behavioral Health? Aug 1st, 2019

You’re not alone if you’re emotionally or psychologically challenged by everyday life. In any given year, one in five American adults experiences a behavioral health illness.  Behavioral health refers to your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Behavioral health illnesses include disorders that result in abnormal thoughts, feelings, actions, and interactions...

Are You Among the Millions of Americans Who Have High Blood Pressure and Don't Know it? Jul 2nd, 2019

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a serious condition that affects millions of Americans, an estimated 1 in 3 adults, many of whom don’t even know they have it. The lack of symptoms are why high blood pressure is called the silent killer in the medical community, but knowing the...

How Angina Symptoms Can Differ Between Women and Men Jun 1st, 2019

Angina is a type of chest pain that occurs as a result of weakened blood flow to your heart. It should be taken quite seriously, as it’s a symptom of coronary heart disease, which often leads to heart attacks. Because medicine often overlooks how disease symptoms present differently in women...

7 Tips for Controlling Your Acid Reflux Symptoms May 14th, 2019

After binging on spicy pizza or greasy onion rings, anyone can suffer from occasional indigestion resulting in acid reflux. That’s the uncomfortable — sometimes painful — condition when your stomach acid, and even food, creep back up into your esophagus. But if you get hit with heartburn a couple times...

How to Prevent Prediabetes From Turning Into Full-Blown Diabetes Apr 2nd, 2019

While scare tactics aren’t great conversation starters, it’s a fact that more than 84 million adults in the United States are on the brink of developing diabetes, which is a systemic and chronic condition that casts a wide net over your health and wellness. If you fall into this large...