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What are the most frequent skin concerns and diseases seen by Dr. Sima Kavand?
At the practice of Dr. Sima Kavand and team have treated patients with a diverse array of skin issues.
Below are some of the more prevalent conditions that we frequently encounter:
Acne: One of the most common skin conditions, acne manifests as pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Although teenagers and young adults are more prone to acne, it can affect individuals of any age.
Eczema: A chronic condition characterized by dry, itchy skin, eczema can be a frustrating and uncomfortable issue to manage. While no cure exists for eczema patients, various treatments can help alleviate symptoms and flares.
Psoriasis: A chronic skin disorder, psoriasis causes red, thickened patches with silver scales to appear on the skin, particularly on the scalp, knees, and elbows.
Rosacea: A condition that leads to redness and visible blood vessels on the face, rosacea can also cause pimples and bumps. Rosacea typically affects middle-aged adults, with women more susceptible than men.
Skin cancers are the most common form of cancer in the US and globally, often caused by the harmful UV rays of the sun and indoor tanning beds. These growths can present in various ways, such as scaly patches, open sores, or growing bumps, usually on the sun-exposed areas of the skin.
While these are among the most common skin concerns encountered by us many other conditions warrant attention. If you have any questions about your skin, hair, or nails, please schedule an appointment with us for a comprehensive evaluation.
An annual physical examination is an invaluable medical check-up designed to verify an individual's health and detect any potential medical issues. This medical assessment is typically conducted on healthy patients, with the aim of ensuring they remain in optimal health. It is recommended that individuals undergo a yearly physical exam to maintain their health and wellbeing.
The reasons for an annual physical exam are diverse, ranging from complying with employer requirements for new hires to meeting insurance company policy demands. Children may need to undergo physical exams before starting a new school year or participating in team sports. Some people choose to have an annual physical exam to monitor their health and identify any health changes that may require attention.
To prepare for an annual physical exam, patients are advised to compile a comprehensive list of all their current medications, including non-prescription drugs, herbal remedies, and supplements. This information is vital as it can inform the physician of any potential drug interactions. Patients are also encouraged to check with their doctor's office to ensure they are well-prepared for the exam.
During the physical exam, the doctor will review the patient's medical history and engage in a conversation about their overall health. Vital signs such as temperature, pulse, and blood pressure will be taken, and the physician will evaluate heart function using a stethoscope. Lung function, as well as the throat, tonsils, ears, lymph nodes, nose, and abdomen, may be assessed for any potential issues. If necessary, the doctor may also administer vaccinations during the exam.
In conclusion, an annual physical exam is a crucial part of maintaining good health and identifying any medical concerns before they become major issues. Through this essential medical assessment, individuals can stay on top of their health, take appropriate preventative measures, and address any health changes in a timely manner.
At West Plano Internal Medicine, we understand that weight loss can be challenging and complex for many individuals. While diet and exercise are crucial factors in achieving a healthy weight, these alone may not be enough to overcome the various internal obstacles that can hinder weight loss efforts. As such, we customize our medical weight loss program to suit each individual’s unique needs and body makeup, tailoring the plan and pace to help unlock the body’s potential to shed pounds.
Our weight loss visit appointment begins with a comprehensive medical assessment to evaluate overall health conditions that could impact weight loss efforts. Our team will identify and treat underlying conditions such as hormonal imbalances, dysfunctional thyroid gland, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, nutrient deficiencies, and chronic diseases, which can cause weight gain or hinder weight loss efforts. Resolving these conditions may be the turning point in the weight loss journey for many people, as it allows diet and exercise to kick in and weight loss to begin.
We provide nutritional counseling to help individuals understand what their bodies need and avoid fad diets that can be ineffective and potentially dangerous. Our medically supervised program takes the guesswork out of meal planning and provides the right nutrients in the right amounts for each individual's body. We regularly monitor patients to ensure they are on the right path for their body, checking vital signs and overall health.
We also provide exercise programs that are tailored to each person's individual needs and physical abilities. We help individuals break the cycle of weight gain and inactivity by encouraging healthy steps toward being more active and healthy. Our support system ensures the exercise component of the weight loss program is safe, doable, and enjoyable.
Our medical weight loss program is designed to help individuals achieve long-lasting results that go beyond just changes on the scale. By lowering blood pressure, decreasing reliance on medications, increasing energy, and improving blood sugar levels, we provide a pathway to a better life and give individuals the tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle. At West Plano Internal Medicine, we are committed to helping people achieve their weight loss goals and improve their overall health and wellbeing.
Regular heart screenings are a crucial aspect of maintaining optimal heart health, and at West Frisco Internal Medicine, our healthcare providers are well-equipped to perform these screenings. During a heart screening, your provider will calculate your body mass index and perform a comprehensive evaluation of your heart health through a blood pressure screening, blood glucose test, and cholesterol panel. These tests provide critical information that can help identify warning signs of heart disease or risk factors that can be minimized. By analyzing the results of these tests, your healthcare provider can develop a customized treatment plan that takes into account your unique physique and lifestyle.
The blood pressure screening is particularly important during a heart screening as persistently high blood pressure can lead to serious heart conditions such as heart attack or stroke. The body mass index (BMI) is also an essential measure, as carrying excess weight is a significant risk factor for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. The cholesterol panel is evaluated for both "good" and "bad" cholesterol levels, and monitoring these levels can indicate a risk of heart disease or stroke. At West Frisco Internal Medicine, we often recommend dietary changes, medication, or exercise to manage these conditions.
Lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol use, and obesity can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Our healthcare providers encourage individuals to reduce or eliminate these harmful habits and participate in regular exercise and healthy eating habits to improve their heart health. Additionally, West Frisco Internal Medicine offers a range of advanced cardiac services such as stress tests, stress ECHOs, and ECHO's or ultrasounds of the heart to evaluate the mechanical aspects of the heart. We also provide a cardiac CT calcium score, a noninvasive way to evaluate the amount of calcified plaque in your heart vessels, which can indicate the extent of plaque build-up in your arteries and ultimately cause heart attacks.
In summary, regular heart screenings and monitoring of heart health indicators are critical to maintaining optimal heart health. Early detection of warning signs and risk factors is essential, and our healthcare providers are here to help. If it's been a while since your last heart screening, or if you are due for your annual visit, we invite you to call West Frisco Internal Medicine today to schedule an appointment.
A woman's health checkup is a comprehensive medical assessment that may include a variety of tests and evaluations tailored to address the unique health concerns of the individual woman. Among the most common tests performed during a women's wellness checkup are Pap smears and bone density testing. Additionally, a pelvic exam and clinical breast examination may also be conducted during the appointment to assess and evaluate overall health and well-being.
The Pap smear, a screening test for cervical cancer, is a simple yet essential component of a women's health checkup. The test involves a gentle scraping of the cervix area to collect tissue samples for examination. The goal of this test is to detect precancerous or cancerous cells in the cervix, potentially years before they develop into cervical cancer. In this way, the Pap smear is considered the best early warning system available for cervical cancer.
Another critical component of a women's health checkup is bone density testing, also known as DEXA or DXA scans. This test measures the level of minerals in the bones of the back, hips, and forearms. During the exam, patients lie on a padded examination table while the scanner measures bone density. If bone loss is detected during the test, the doctor can help the patient make necessary lifestyle changes to strengthen and preserve their bones.
In summary, a women's health checkup is a personalized and comprehensive evaluation of a woman's health, aimed at detecting potential health issues, preserving well-being, and promoting a healthy lifestyle. With essential tests and evaluations, such as Pap smears and bone density testing, a woman can take charge of her health and make informed decisions about her well-being.
At West Frisco Internal Medicine Associates, we take the diagnosis and treatment of depression seriously. We understand that depression is a complex and multi-faceted illness that affects not only an individual's emotions but their physical health as well. We use a comprehensive approach to screen for depression, which includes lab tests, physical examinations, and the use of standard screening tools such as the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and the PHQ-12. These tools help us to identify and assess the severity of depression symptoms, and guide us in developing a personalized treatment plan for each patient.
Once we have identified depression, our team at West Frisco Internal Medicine Associates works with patients to develop a customized treatment plan that is tailored to their unique needs. Treatment for depression may include a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes. We offer various types of psychotherapy such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy, and work closely with patients to ensure they receive the right medication and dosage for their symptoms. We also provide ongoing support and monitoring to ensure patients are progressing and their treatment plan remains effective.
At West Frisco Internal Medicine Associates, we understand that depression can be a challenging illness to manage, but we believe that with the right treatment plan and ongoing support, patients can achieve improved well-being and an improved quality of life. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping patients recover from depression and lead fulfilling lives. We encourage anyone experiencing depression symptoms to reach out to us to schedule a consultation and begin their journey towards recovery.
At West Frisco Internal Medicine, we provide top-notch diabetes evaluation and management services. Our comprehensive approach to diabetes evaluation involves assessing your medical history, conducting a thorough physical exam, and taking blood samples to monitor your blood sugar levels and identify any potential complications. We also offer a renal evaluation to detect any changes related to diabetes and an ECG to evaluate any heart issues.
A foot check is a crucial component of a diabetes evaluation. Patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of foot complications, and our healthcare providers will perform a foot exam to evaluate the circulation and sensation in your feet, identify any wounds or injuries, and provide appropriate preventive measures.
We understand the vital role diet and nutrition play in diabetes management. Our healthcare providers will provide dietary counseling and create a personalized meal plan that aligns with your specific health goals and lifestyle. We also monitor your weight and offer guidance on healthy lifestyle choices to help you maintain optimal blood sugar levels and overall health.
We also conduct an eye exam to detect any potential vision problems that may arise from diabetes. This exam can detect diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that affects the eyes and can lead to blindness if left untreated. Finally, we will evaluate you for diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage that can result from diabetes. Our healthcare providers will assess your nerve function and provide appropriate treatment options to manage any symptoms.
At West Frisco Internal Medicine, we are committed to helping you manage your diabetes and maintain optimal health and wellness. If you have diabetes or are at risk for developing diabetes, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our team of experienced healthcare providers will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific needs.
At our office, we take preoperative evaluations very seriously. Our goal is not to simply clear patients for elective surgery, but to evaluate and prepare higher-risk patients for surgery by implementing measures to reduce their risks. By performing pre-operative outpatient medical evaluations, we can decrease the length of hospital stay and minimize postponed or cancelled surgeries. Our providers take the time to understand the risks associated with the specific type of surgery planned and relates this risk to the patient's underlying acute and chronic medical conditions. The complete consultation includes recommendations for evaluation and treatment, including prophylactic therapies to minimize the perioperative risk.
It's no secret that surgical complications occur frequently. In fact, a large study documented at least one complication in 17 percent of surgical patients. Surgical morbidity and mortality generally fall into one of three categories: cardiac, respiratory, and infectious complications. To ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients, we take all of these complications into account during our preoperative evaluation process. By understanding the frequency of postoperative complications, we can take steps to reduce the risk of each type of complication.
The overall risk for surgical complications depends on individual factors and the type of surgical procedure. For example, advanced age places a patient at an increased risk for surgical morbidity and mortality. We take this into account when evaluating each patient's unique situation. We know that diseases associated with an increased risk for surgical complications include respiratory and cardiac disease, malnutrition, and diabetes mellitus. By taking these and other factors into account, we can create a plan that is tailored to the individual patient to reduce their risk as much as possible.
Urgent and emergency procedures constitute higher risk situations than elective, nonurgent surgery and present a limited opportunity for preoperative evaluation and treatment. However, we strive to provide the best care possible in these situations as well. At our office, we are committed to ensuring that all of our patients receive the highest level of care and that we do everything in our power to minimize their risks during the surgical process.
At West Frisco Internal Medicine Associates, we understand that managing employee medical leave requests can be a complex and time-consuming process for employers. We also understand that providing job-protected, unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons is a critical component of employee well-being and retention. That's why we offer Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) medical exams to help simplify the process for both employers and employees.
The FMLA is a United States labor law that requires covered employers to provide their employees with up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons per year. To be eligible for FMLA leave, employees must have a serious health condition that renders them unable to perform the essential functions of their position or care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition. An independent medical examination is often required to verify the employee's eligibility for FMLA benefits.
During an FMLA medical certification exam at West Frisco Internal Medicine Associates, our medical professionals will ask the care recipient a series of health-related questions to better understand their medical history regarding the specific health condition. They will also determine how long the health condition may last, identify the type of care needed, and provide an approximate amount of medical leave needed.
At West Frisco Internal Medicine Associates, we believe that complete and authentic FMLA medical certifications are essential to prevent abuse of FMLA leave and are used to determine whether a serious health condition exists, as well as the seriousness of the condition. By providing this service, we help simplify the FMLA medical certification process, so employers can get back to work, and employees can focus on their health or the health of an immediate family member. We value your employees and are committed to helping make their transition from work to family medical leave as easy and seamless as possible.
Geriatrics is a medical specialty focused on providing exceptional, patient-centered care specifically for older adults. This group of patients often has unique health concerns, which primary care doctors with a special interest in geriatrics, or geriatricians, are specifically trained to address. Unlike younger adults, older adults may experience illness, disease, and medication reactions differently, and often have multiple overlapping health problems requiring a more comprehensive approach to care. Geriatricians work to prevent and manage illnesses, and develop care plans that target the specific health needs of older adults.
At our medical practice, we understand that diagnosing musculoskeletal problems can sometimes be complex and challenging. That's why our doctors will gather a complete medical history and perform a physical exam to look for signs and symptoms that may give clues to the cause of the problem. Your family history can also be helpful in diagnosing rheumatic diseases, so we will want to know as much about your family history as possible.
Our doctors will review the results of any prior testing and may order additional laboratory tests, imaging studies (X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan, MRI), or other tests to assess for additional potential clues to the possible cause of your musculoskeletal problem. We will then combine all of these results to determine the source of your symptoms and develop a personalized treatment plan.
Our treatment recommendations may include medications, referral to physical or occupational therapy, referral to other specialists, or joint/tendon injections. Some musculoskeletal problems can be challenging to diagnose and may require several visits with us.
During follow-up appointments, we may treat recurring conditions or talk with patients about medications, coping mechanisms, techniques for preventing disability or regaining function, and ways to improve their quality of life. We're committed to providing comprehensive care to help our patients feel their best.
Breathing is essential for our body's proper functioning, and our lungs play a crucial role in this process. However, illnesses or diseases affecting the airways, lung tissue, cardiovascular system, or caused by neurological or muscular conditions can limit the amount of air reaching our lungs, causing respiratory problems.
At our primary care group, our physicians specialize in treating diseases related to the lungs, airways, and chest. We provide care for patients of all ages, from the very sick to those with sleep disorders. If surgery is necessary, we work with experienced physicians to provide our patients with the best care possible.
We can help with various respiratory conditions, including allergy medicine, rhinitis, sinusitis, and allergy skin testing referrals. We also offer immunotherapy and biologic injections if necessary to help alleviate symptoms of allergies. Additionally, we can assist patients with chronic cough, COPD, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, and pneumonia.
Our team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing patients with comprehensive care for their respiratory health needs. Whether you're experiencing minor respiratory issues or have a chronic condition, we are here to help you breathe easier and improve your quality of life.
During your initial consultation, we conduct blood tests to determine the type of lipid disorder you have and to investigate if factors other than diet or heredity may be causing the disorder. There are numerous disorders that could cause lipid imbalances, and treating the underlying illness can also address the lipid disorder.
Managing your diet is an important factor in controlling your lipids, and thus all patients meet with a nutritionist who conducts a food survey and works with you to make dietary changes. We often discuss a customized fitness plan tailored to your individual needs and capabilities. Our physicians discuss various medication therapies and identify alternative medications for patients who cannot tolerate standard statin drugs. Follow-up visits are scheduled to review lab results, evaluate the effectiveness of dietary changes, and discuss potential medication adjustments.
Educating patients is critical in changing behavior, so our physician will provide comprehensive information on lipids, including acceptable ranges, potential complications from medications, and strategies for managing your lipids, such as food shopping, selection, and portion control. Additionally, patients will learn about the likelihood of family members having similar lipid disorders and how they can also undergo blood testing.
Preventive care is essential for maintaining good health and preventing or catching health issues early. A regular check up with a primary care doctor is an important part of preventive care. Here are a few reasons why:
If you're looking for a family practice, primary care, or internal medicine clinic in Frisco, Texas, you have plenty of options. However, with so many clinics to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you and your family. At Internal Medicine Associates of West Frisco we offer:
A top-rated family practice, primary care, and internal medicine clinic which offers a wide range of services to meet the needs of all patients. These services may include preventive care, immunizations, acute care, chronic disease management, women's health services, and more. A comprehensive clinic allows patients to receive all their medical care in one place, making it easier to manage their health and stay on top of appointments.
The quality of physicians at a family practice, primary care, and internal medicine clinic is essential to the patient's experience. Experienced physicians should be board-certified and have years of experience treating a variety of health conditions. Additionally, a good clinic should provide patients with access to specialists and collaborate with other healthcare providers to ensure comprehensive care. All of our doctors and mid level providers have excellent training and experience.
Friendly and Knowledgeable Staff
A clinic's staff can make a significant difference in the patient's experience. A top-rated clinic should have friendly and knowledgeable staff that can provide patients with the support and information they need. They should be able to answer questions, provide guidance on healthcare decisions, and help patients navigate the healthcare system. We strive for this and hope at the end of your visit you agree with us.
Technology and Convenience
A modern family practice, primary care, and internal medicine clinic should incorporate the latest technology to improve patient care and convenience. This may include electronic medical records, online appointment scheduling, virtual visits, and patient portals. These technological advancements can make it easier for patients to manage their health and communicate with their healthcare providers. We use the latest technology and are a paperless office.
Positive Patient Reviews
Positive patient reviews can be an essential factor in choosing a doctor or clinic. Patients often rely on reviews from other patients to make decisions about their healthcare. A top-rated clinic should have positive reviews that highlight the quality of care, friendly staff, and convenient services. We welcome you to read our reviews.
In conclusion, finding the right family practice, primary care, and internal medicine clinic in Frisco, Texas requires careful consideration of several factors. By choosing a clinic that offers comprehensive services, experienced physicians, friendly and knowledgeable staff, technology and convenience, and positive patient reviews, you can improve your healthcare experience and overall health. We hope you see us and let us have an opportunity to serve you.