Internal medicine, or general medicine, is the medical specialty that manages the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. Physicians specializing in internal medicine are called internists and provide specific treatment plans for individuals and families, while often creating care plans for peri- and post-operative patients. Many patients choose internal medicine doctors as their primary care physicians for annual physicals, wellness visits and screenings, due to their broad medical expertise.
Comprehensive care is the primary goal of the Institute For Cardiovascular Disease and our internal medicine physicians. Our internists treat both ambulatory and hospitalized patients, and often have sub-specialty interests in diseases affecting particular organs or organ systems, along with more common subspecialties, including chronic diseases, diabetes, hypertension and women’s health issues. Like a family practitioner, an internist can provide general health assessments, help patients manage chronic conditions and provide referrals to specialists when necessary. Unlike family practitioners, however, internists work almost exclusively with adult conditions, and are able to treat complex illnesses.
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