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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...

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...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Jun 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...

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...