What is internal medicine?
Simply put, an Internal Medicine provider, an internist, treats patients over the age of 18 (where a Family Medicine doctor might see family members of all ages) and facilitates a wide range of services, including:
- annual wellness exams
- routine chronic care visits
- same-day sick visits
Comprehensive care for adults and seniors
For adult patients with no health issues, seeing an Internal Medicine provider yearly helps address important preventive screening recommendations to ensure they stay healthy. For patients with chronic health conditions, an Internal Medicine provider can assist in coordinating care and improve communication between the patient and the specialists. In fact, they’ve received special training to assist those with multiple health issues for best outcomes.
An internist might be the best fit for addressing conditions such as:
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- chronic lung disease