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How a subscription membership practice works

A subscription membership practice is another name for concierge medicine or retainer medicine. This is a growing trend in the American medical marketplace. Patients pay a recurring membership fee and get comprehensive primary care with lab tests, basic medication and other amenities included.

This makes medical care much easier to access. Normally you’d take half a day or a full day of absence from work just so you or your child could have a ten-minute visit with the doctor. In a subscription membership practice, the appointment is made at your convenience, often the same day or the next day. Despite spending less time in the hospital, patients in a subscription membership practice spend more time visiting and talking with their doctor.

This also means each doctor sees fewer patients. If you happen to be one of those patients, you get the attention you need, and the doctor is more likely to remember the particulars of your medical situation. This sort of medicine was once only available for the richest Americans, but is now bringing quality primary care within reach of ordinary families.

Subscription membership practice in Matthews, NC

Dr. Conner and the Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, offer a subscription membership practice. People who join gain same-day or next-day appointments, advanced diagnostic testing, preventative care, executive physicals, advanced personalized care and personalized medical reports. The clinic also offers an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request refills on their prescriptions, view diagnostic lab results and even make virtual appointments if necessary — all from their own homes.

A former Peace Corps volunteer, Dr. Conner has assembled a medical staff from many parts of the world. His clinic offers a variety of medical services, including:

  • Pediatric care.
  • Gynecological exams.
  • Mental health screenings and treatment.
  • An in-house pharmacy which provides quick and hassle-free medication refills.
  • Travel vaccinations for those planning international travel.
  • BOTOX treatments for wrinkles, migraines and excess sweating.
  • Aortic aneurysm screenings.
  • An HCG weight loss program which (unlike online or over-the-counter HCG) uses medicine of guaranteed quality and the FDA-approved Medgem.

The Conner Clinic is part of the Hallmark MD Private Care Group and accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to see if your insurance is accepted. If you live in the Matthews area and have been put off from annual check-ups by the inconvenience of primary care, take advantage of subscription membership practice today.

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Family doctors learn a great deal

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What family doctors learn

One of the biggest advantages of a family doctor is that he or she treats the whole patient, not just responding to one particular medical condition or one particular organ. Family doctors are ideally suited to practice primary care, and due to the great variety of patients they see, need a greater range of skills than almost any other doctor. Family doctors complete a three-year residency after medical school in which they learn care for infants, the elderly and everyone in between. They learn to look after patients with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and asthma. They learn ear, nose and throat care, emergency medical care, eye, bone, joint, urinary, mental and behavioral care and how to take X-rays and perform minor surgeries. They learn reproductive counseling and family planning.

Once they begin their practice, they learn the really important things — the names and histories of their patients. They know who’s trying to lose weight, who needs to lose weight, who’s trying to quit smoking and who’s at risk of diabetes and heart disease. They know who’s struggling with mental health issues and who has a history of drug and alcohol addiction.

Family doctor services

A family doctor should offer a wide range of services. These should include diagnostic and preventative care. Any family with children is going to need pediatric care, including the ability to treat minor cuts and scrapes. Mental health screenings, gynecological exams, bladder scanning — any one of these things might become something you need. A family doctor may need to limit the number of patients he or she takes on in order to make sure each of them gets the time and attention they need. If you would like to benefit from this level of service, you may want to take advantage of a subscription medical practice.

A family doctor in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, offers complete family health care. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted.

The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. The clinic also offers an in-house pharmacy virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results from the in-house lab services. Check the website for special offers. Make an appointment today.

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An on call doctor at any hour

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An accident in the kitchen

(Note: The following is a dramatization.)

As a single mother of three, Mrs. Conkling works eight hours a day, and then… works a lot more hours. She never lets anything get in the way of her caring for her children. Sometimes, this leads to problems.

One day, while peeling carrots in the kitchen in a determined effort to get some sort of healthy vegetable matter into her childrens’ diets, the peeler (brand new, and quite sharp) slips and opens a broad but shallow gash on the index finger of her left hand. She grabs a couple of bandages, puts them on, cleans up the blood and keeps cooking. She knows she should probably do a little more, but dinner isn’t going to fix itself.

The rest of the evening she spends like any other evening — getting her kids to do their homework and taking care of the office work she brought home with her. She collapses into bed around ten and falls asleep almost immediately.

Early morning medical help

She wakes up even earlier than usual the next morning. Her finger hurts, feels hot and is beginning to swell. This is the start of an infection. And in about an hour she’ll need to wake her children up, make breakfast, wake them up again, serve them breakfast and drive them to school before she goes to work.

Fortunately, one of the things she sets aside a little money for is a subscription medical service. This gives her access to an on call doctor, even at this hour of the morning. The on call doctor comes and intervenes, treating the infection in time to save her finger. Her children are a little late to school that day, and she’s a little late to work, but it could have been worse.

An on call doctor in Matthews, NC

An on call doctor should be as close as possible to where you live. Dr. Conner and the Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, provide the best primary care, with a state-of-the-art medical facility. A subscription membership gets you same-day or next-day appointments, advanced diagnostic testing, preventative care, executive physicals, advanced personalized care and personalized medical reports. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted.

The Conner Clinic is a part of the Hallmark MD Private Care Group, a membership medical practice. The clinic also offers virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results. Subscribe today, in case you need their help tomorrow night.

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BOTOX for chronic migraines

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A headache treatment

The biggest advantage of BOTOX is its convenience. It’s sometimes called a lunchtime procedure, because the injection takes about 10 minutes and you should be able to return to work immediately afterwards.

BOTOX also has a variety of uses besides being a wrinkle treatment. It’s sometimes used to treat chronic migraine, defined by the FDA as 15 or more headache days a month, with each headache lasting four hours or more. In tests it performs over 28 percent better than a placebo, preventing up to nine headache days a month. It is usually taken about once every three months, injected into the muscles of the forehead, scalp, neck and shoulders. The effect of the treatment usually lasts two and a half months. If necessary, other treatments can be used to manage the pain until the next treatment. The FDA has not approved the use of BOTOX to treat headaches that don’t meet the definition of chronic.

More uses for BOTOX

A weaker form of BOTOX is also used to cut back on excessive sweating. This form of BOTOX temporarily blocks the chemical that stimulates the sweat glands. You should see results within a week of taking the drug. The effect lasts at least four to six months, or longer in some cases. It hasn’t been approved by the FDA for use on other areas of the body, but studies suggest it may work there as well.

BOTOX has been used for several years to treat upper limb spasticity, and the FDA recently approved it for lower limb spasticity. It has also been used to treat squints and strabismus (misaligned eyes). It can be used to treat an overactive bladder.

People are still looking for new uses for BOTOX. For example, there have also been attempts to use it as a weight loss product. Many of these attempts have failed, but in a study in Norway, three quarters of a group of obese patients lost an average of 28 percent of their excess weight after three shots of BOTOX to block the vagus nerve (the nerve that sends hunger signals to the brain) over the course of 18 months. More and larger studies will be needed to determine if it is effective and safe. It is also being researched as a treatment for cerebral palsy.

BOTOX treatment available in Matthews, NC

The best place to go for BOTOX treatment in Matthews, NC  is the Conner Family Health Clinic, a subscription medical practice. Dr. Conner is highly experienced at working with BOTOX and will develop the right treatment plan for you, based on what sort of treatment you need and what your goals are. If you are interested in any of the medical applications of BOTOX, make an appointment today.

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Screening for depression

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Recognizing depression

Mental health screenings are something most people don’t expect to need, but mental illness can strike anyone. Alcoholism, eating disorders, schizophrenia and depression are all illnesses that a mental health professional can diagnose with a screening. The various forms of depression are what we’ll be discussing today.

Major depression is more than just a depressed feeling most of the time. Different people are affected by it in very different ways. Some lose weight, some gain weight, some feel as if they’ve been “sped up” or “slowed down,” some have trouble sleeping at night and others find themselves feeling sleepy during the day. But if you feel depressed most of the day on a majority of days, have lost the ability to enjoy things that used to be fun, feel listless, worthless or guilty and have trouble making decisions, you may be suffering from major depression — or chronic depression, which is similar but not as intense.

There are other forms of depression. People who suffer from atypical depression are capable of moments of happiness when something good happens. Atypical depression is also associated with increased appetite, greater need for sleep and a feeling of heaviness. Postpartum depression is specific to women who have just given birth. In the case of bipolar disorder, the symptoms of major depression alternate with periods of high energy.

If you recognize your own feelings in any of this, it is a good idea to seek out a mental health screening from a professional. Online tests and self-diagnosis are much less reliable.

Mental health screenings in Matthews, NC

The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC offers excellent mental health screening services and support for mental health patients. The clinic has doctors on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and mental health screenings are a part of its subscription medical practice. The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. The clinic also offers an in-house pharmacy virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results from the in-house lab services.

The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if they will accept your insurance.  If you’re concerned about the state of your mental health, make an appointment today.

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Major cause of death

Abdominal aortic aneurysms are the third leading cause of death in men over 60. They often grow in the body without symptoms or warning signs. Getting an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening is fast, painless and reliable, and you probably won’t need to do it more than once.

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the lower aorta — the largest artery in the human body, roughly the size of a garden hose — formed by blood pressure on a weak spot in the wall of the aorta. The wall grows thinner where it stretches, sometimes causing pain in the abdomen or chest.

In some cases, blood seeps out of the swollen area, causing intense pain and a throbbing sensation that drives the patient to the hospital. But too often, the aneurysm bursts without warning, causing internal blood loss that is fatal if not treated immediately. The symptoms of this are intense pain, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, clamminess, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and sometimes fainting and bruising. Even if the patient is taken to a hospital right away, only half of those who suffer a burst anuerysm live longer than 30 days. It is often called the “silent killer” and “the widowmaker.”

Risk factors

Abdominal aortic anuerysms are more likely in men who smoke or used to smoke, or who have suffered an infection in the aorta. High blood pressure, psoriasis and asthma are also risk factors, and if you’ve ever had a family member suffer from an abdominal aortic aneurysm, you are also at risk. Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms is a quick, safe and painless procedure that uses ultrasound, similar to what is used for pregnant women. Small aneurysms can be treated through medication, but bigger ones need surgery. If your doctor detects an aneurysm, he or she will be able to tell you which is the best option in your case.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening available in Matthews, NC

In January of 2007, a federal law went into effect that made free one-time abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings available for any Medicare Part B enrollee who has a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm, or who is a man between the ages 65 and 75 who has smoked at least 100 cigarettes in his lifetime. But abdominal aortic aneurysms have also been known to happen to women and younger people, so if you feel any of the symptoms and have some of the other risk factors, it might be worth getting a screening.

The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC is an excellent place to get a screening. Dr. Conner is on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening is a part of his subscription medical practice. Schedule a screening today, and you may save your life.

 

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HCG weight loss is very fast

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In a hurry to get a beach body

If you’re ten to forty pounds overweight and you feel the need to get a beach body by summer, the best advice would be to take a look at some of the other bodies on the beach and recognize that you’re not the heaviest person out there. But if you really want to lose that weight in time to make the most of summer, HCG weight loss may help you do it.

The key to HCG weight loss is a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. The human placenta manufactures this hormone during pregnancy, to regulate the metabolism of the mother and help her burn her own fat in order to get more energy and keep the developing fetus warm and well-nourished. It has the same fat-burning effect on anyone who takes injections of it. This will let you stay healthy and active on a diet of as little as 500 calories a day, from a carefully chosen group of foods. The diet is what causes the weight loss, but the hormone makes the diet possible.

If you Google HCG weight loss, you’ll find an alarming mixture of praise and warnings. This is because HCG can be a powerful tool for rapid weight loss when properly administered under medical supervision. Too often, however, it is packaged and sold in ineffective or dangerous forms and used with no medical oversight. An estimated 20 percent of drug-related liver injuries are caused by unregulated diet pills, some of which are sold online or over the counter as HCG. Often these pills contain little to none of the active ingredient, or were made in countries where U.S. health and safety guidelines are not in effect. No wonder so many people are leery of it. If you live in Matthews, NC and want to try HCG weight loss, choose the best weight loss program you can find. Since any form of rapid weight loss carries some risks, this program should monitor your health very carefully.

HCG weight loss clinic in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, has two HCG weight loss programs — a 23-day program for those who want to lose up to 15 pounds, and a 43-day program for those who want to lose 20 to 40 pounds. These programs have a 95 percent success rate. They include staff support, weekly HCG weight loss injections and a guidebook for patients that includes low-calorie menus. Once you have completed the program, the medical staff will use the FDA-approved Medgem to calculate your new metabolic rate, so that you will know exactly how many calories per day you need to stay healthy while keeping the weight off. If you feel ready to try HCG weight loss, call today.

 

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Find a lab near you

Diagnostic laboratory services are something most of us never think about, and certainly never expect to need. But one day you may need them, and you will want them to be done at a place you are familiar with, or at least don’t have too much of a drive to. You also won’t want to wait too long to get your results. Your best bet is to choose a primary care provider that also offers diagnostic laboratory services.

Look for a lab that is convenient for you to travel to, has highly trained personnel and offers tests that are covered by your insurance provider. Make sure the lab is CLIA waived. The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988, or CLIA, sets the standards for laboratories in the United States that examine specimens of human blood or tissue, so as to reduce the risk of doctors getting incorrect results and acting on them. Any lab or test that meets these standards is CLIA waived, although it is not guaranteed to be error-proof.

How to get lab work done

At a hospital with diagnostic laboratory services, you can be tested for pregnancy or diagnose a number of possible ailments, including diabetes, tuberculosis, hepatitis, Lyme disease, allergies, anemia, various skin conditions, and many forms of cancer. In the test, the technician will collect a sample of blood, urine or tissue and take it to the lab. If the test is a blood test, as it most often is, this will be done by a phlebotomist. His or her job is to make sure the blood sample is coming from the right person, explain the procedure to the patient, draw the blood into the right tube with whatever additives the test calls for while taking proper precautions against infection or excessive bleeding, close and clean the puncture, explain how to look after the puncture until it heals, label the sample and bring it to the lab.

Diagnostic laboratory services in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, a subscription medical practice, has a CLIA waived in house lab and a phlebotomist on staff four half days a week. They can perform the rapid strep test, the flu test, the diabetes monitoring test, pregnancy test, and urinalysis, among others. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted.

The Conner Clinic also includes an in-house pharmacy and an online portal for keeping track of your information and scheduling appointments. If you are looking for a clinic that offers lab services, call today.

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Start planning travel vaccinations early

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Don’t forget to get your shots

When planning a vacation or business trip abroad, we often forget about travel vaccinations. According to one study, 16% of American adult travelers needed to take the MMR vaccine before going overseas, but only half of those who needed to take it did. But getting your shots before you travel is one of the most important steps you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. Failing to do so may lead to expensive and life-threatening illnesses such as hepatitis A, yellow fever or meningitis.

The time to start planning your vaccinations is the day you decide where you want to go. The reason for this is that some of the shots need to be administered over a period of months. You should time it so that your first visit to the vaccinations clinic is at least two months before your travels begin.

First, you should consider your own health. Are you pregnant? Do you suffer from a weakened immune system? How have you reacted to previous vaccines? Are you allergic to any medications? Then you should consider your destination. The CDC’s travel advice page (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel) is a useful source of information. There you will find out which vaccines, if any, you will be required to take for that country.

Some travel vaccination should be relatively easy to get. The MMR vaccine, for example, should be available at any primary care clinic. But if there is a risk of yellow fever or some other disease not generally seen within the United States at your destination, you will need to go to a clinic that offers specialized travel vaccinations.

Three kinds of vaccinations

There are three kinds of vaccinations: routine vaccinations, required vaccinations and recommended travel vaccinations. Routine vaccinations are the vaccines that the CDC recommends for everyone, traveling or not. Required vaccinations are those that you have to have by law in order to enter certain countries. In some countries, for example, the government will insist that you take the yellow fever vaccine and meningitis vaccine before you come. The proof of these vaccines is called the International Certificate of Vaccination, or yellow card, and you will need it in order to get past the airport. Recommended travel vaccinations, on the other hand, are just a good idea.

Travel vaccination services in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC is a travel vaccinations clinic with full immunization services,, offering shots for yellow fever, meningitis, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, rabies, polio and Japanese encephalitis. If you plan on going to another country any time soon, schedule an appointment as soon as you know which travel vaccinations you need.

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Four generations, Family doctors

(The following is a dramatization.)

At the age of 92, Mrs. Jackson is that creature not often seen before modern times — a living great-grandmother. She likes to say that if cancer or heart disease were going to take her, they would have done it by now. That said, she has slowed down a good deal, has trouble walking or climbing stairs, and is beginning to worry about cognitive impairment, so she needs regular cognitive tests.

Her son, Arthur, is 65, suffers from high blood pressure and recently went in for an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening. Just as well — the ultrasound procedure caught the potentially fatal condition in an early stage, when it would still respond to medication. Now he’s adjusting reluctantly to a low-sodium diet while having his blood pressure monitored.

Her grandchildren are in their thirties, and are mostly in good health, but one of her granddaughters has diabetes and has to monitor her weight and blood glucose. Another one is pregnant. Her great-grandchildren are ages newborn to 14, and all need varying amounts of pediatric care.

One family doctors look after this entire family. He cares for them in all stages of life — the children with their ear infections and bouts of flu, the older children facing puberty, the new and expectant mothers, middle-aged men and women, and the elderly. There have been times when they needed the care of a specialist in pediatrics or geriatrics, but when half the family is sick with the flu, their family doctors is the one the Jackson family calls on. As the family doctors have watched each patient grow, change and age, he has become intimately familiar with their unique medical situations.

A family medical practice in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, offers complete family health care. The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. The clinic also offers an in-house pharmacy virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results from the in-house lab services.

The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if they will accept your insurance.  Check the website — you never know when there might be a special offer. Make an appointment today.

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Frequently asked questions about subscription membership practice

What is subscription membership practice?

Subscription membership practice is a system in which a primary care clinic limits the number of patients it accepts in order to devote more care to each patient. To access its services, you pay an annual fee to the clinic. A subscription membership practice should offer a wide variety of basic services. Another name for it is concierge medicine.

How much does it cost?

Different plans have different annual fees, but the best subscription membership practices offer discounts for additional family members.

What are the benefits?

It makes medical services much, much more convenient. Consider what you have to go through just for a routine checkup — taking time (often half a day or more) out of your workday, spending hours in the waiting room surrounded by people who really are sick (and possibly contagious) and finally getting about ten minutes with the actual doctor. And of course there’s the fact that you might not get an appointment within the week, which is much worse if you’re actually sick.

With subscription medicine, you get an appointment on the same day or the next day. You spend less time in the waiting room and more time in the doctor’s office. The convenience of subscription membership practice makes regular checkups easier to arrange, which in turn makes preventative care easier, allowing you to detect minor medical problems before they become major ones.

Subscription membership practice in Matthews, NC

Dr. Conner and the Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, offer a subscription membership practice. Members gain same-day or next-day appointments, advanced diagnostic testing, preventative care, executive physicals, advanced personalized care and personalized medical reports. The clinic also offers an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, view lab results and even make virtual appointments if necessary — all from their own homes. Dr. Conner’s clinic offers pediatric care, travel vaccinations, medical and cosmetic BOTOX, HCG weight loss (the real thing, not the dubious stuff sold online or over-the-counter), an in-house pharmacy, diagnostic lab services, aortic aneurysm screenings, gynecological exams, and mental health screenings and treatment.

The Conner Clinic is part of the Hallmark MD Private Care Group and accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted. If you live in the Matthews area and have been put off from annual check-ups by the inconvenience of primary care, take advantage of subscription membership practice today.

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It started as a cold…

(Note: The following is a dramatization.)

Mr. Richardson wasn’t a young man, and he’d been through a lot of colds in his life. When he got another one, he wasn’t inclined to worry about it at first. He just cut back on his daily walks and waited for the little nuisance of an illness to clear. He was a widower, and his children didn’t call that often. He had friends, but he didn’t see them every day. There wasn’t really anyone to nag him about his health.

On Friday, he was still running a slight fever, his cough just wouldn’t go away, and he suddenly had trouble focusing his mind on anything and couldn’t remember whether his children had visited this week or not. This was probably why it didn’t occur to him until dinnertime that he really ought to call a doctor. Then he remembered that it was 6 p.m. on a Friday and he wouldn’t even be able to make an appointment until Monday.

Calling the on call doctor

And then he remembered that, on the urging of his children, he had joined a subscription medical plan which included the services of an on call doctor. So he called, his doctor arrived and he got the word.

It was pneumonia. As was often the case in older patients, it took the form of confusion rather than fever, shaking and productive cough. His on call doctor wasn’t sure if it was bacterial pneumonia, but put him on antibiotics. By Monday, he had recovered. Without on call doctor services, his pneumonia would have had two days to get worse before he could even make an appointment to get treated.

On call doctor in Matthews, NC

You may need an on call doctor only a few times in your life, but when you need one, you need him or her right away. The on call doctor you turn to for help should be within a fairly short drive of your home. Dr. Conner and the Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, have a state-of-the-art medical facility and offer first-class primary care. Subscription members gain same-day or next-day appointments, advanced diagnostic testing, executive physicals, preventative care, advanced personalized care and personalized medical reports. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted.

The Conner Clinic is a part of the Hallmark MD Private Care Group, a membership medical practice. The clinic also offers virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results. Subscribe today.

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BOTOX has a variety of uses

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BOTOX suppresses muscle spasms

BOTOX is most famous as a wrinkle treatment, but it doesn’t work by changing the skin itself. Instead, by injecting a purified protein from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, a surgeon can deactivate and relax certain facial muscles. This has the effect of diminishing frown lines, laugh lines and wrinkles around the eyes, which are caused by overuse of these muscles.

This same effect can be used in other ways, to treat such conditions as neck spasms, crossed eyes and abnormal blinking. In fact, it was while researching this property that scientists in the 1980s discovered its tendency to reduce wrinkles.

It is sometimes called a lunchtime procedure, because the injection itself takes about ten minutes and you should be able to go about your day as normal afterwards. It won’t hurt, beyond a slight pinch. If you are taking BOTOX for wrinkles, you should begin to see results within one to two days. How good these results are will depend on the skill and experience of the doctor administering the BOTOX, so you should stay away from cheap, discounted or online BOTOX.

Migraines, sweating and other conditions

If you suffer from chronic migraine, you should know that It is also an FDA-approved preventative treatment for this. In medical tests it performs over 28 percent better than a placebo, preventing up to nine headache days a month. The FDA defines a case of chronic migraine as 15 or more headache days a month, with each headache lasting four hours or more, and has not approved the use of it to treat headaches that strike less often and do not last as long.

A recent study suggests that it may be useful in treating benign prostatic hyperplasis in cases where other treatments have failed and surgery is not recommended. In addition, injections of a weaker form of BOTOX into the underarms can reduce excessive sweating by temporarily blocking a chemical in the body that stimulates the sweat glands. Results should be noticeable within a week of taking BOTOX. The effect lasts for at least four to six months, and longer in some cases. It has yet to be approved by the FDA for use on other areas of the body, but studies suggest it may be effective in other cases.

BOTOX provider in Matthews, NC

The best place to go for BOTOX treatment in Matthews, NC is the Conner Family Health Clinic, a subscription medical practice. Dr. Conner has a lot of experience at working with BOTOX and will make a point of understanding what your goals are so as to develop the right treatment plan for you. If you are interested in any of the medical applications of BOTOX, make an appointment today.

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What an abdominal aortic aneurysm is

The aorta is the largest artery in the human body, about the size of a garden hose. It carries blood from the heart to the abdomen. Sometimes, a weak spot forms in the lower aorta. Blood pressure causes the wall of the aorta to swell outward and form a bulge. This bulge is an abdominal aortic aneurysm. A screening can detect it early enough that it can be treated by medication. The trouble is that since it often grows without symptoms, people who have it don’t know they need an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening.

Sometimes blood starts seeping out of the bulge, causing pain in the back or abdomen — the kind of pain no one can ignore. At this point, the aneurysm can still be repaired through surgery. If the patient is not lucky, the aneurysm bursts without warning, and the patient starts to bleed to death inside. The symptoms are intense pain, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, rapid heart rate, clamminess, low blood pressure, and sometimes fainting and bruising along the sides. Even if the patient is rushed to a hospital, only half of those who suffer a burst anuerysm live longer than 30 days. There are good reasons why the abdominal aortic aneurysm is called “the widowmaker” and “the silent killer.”

Who is at risk

According to the CDC, abdominal aortic aneurysms directly cause the deaths over ten thousand Americans a year. An abdominal aortic aneurysm screening uses ultrasound to detect the condition. It is quick, safe, painless and reliable and you will probably only need to do it once in your life. Men with high blood pressure are most likely to need an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening.

Risk is particularly high for current or former smokers, even those who smoked only for brief periods in their lives, or those who have suffered an aortic infection. According to research recently published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, people with mild psoriasis are at roughly twice the risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, and the risk is even greater for those with severe psoriasis.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening available in Matthews, NC

In January of 2007, a federal law went into effect that made free one-time abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings available for any Medicare Part B enrollee who has a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm, or who is a man between the ages 65 and 75 who has smoked at least 100 cigarettes in his lifetime.

If you are outside this age range or are not enrolled in Medicare Part B, but you want an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, they are a part of the subscription medical practice at the Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC. Dr. Conner is on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Make an appointment today.

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The warning signs of schizophrenia

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Symptoms of schizophrenia

The symptoms of schizophrenia usually begin some time between 16 and 30. Although there are a number of online tests, schizophrenia is very hard to self-diagnose, because the parts of the brain that are affected include those that might be used to perform the diagnosis. If the symptoms include hallucinations, the sufferer may not be able to recognize these as hallucinations or separate them out from day-to-day experience, or may start regarding all of his or her reality as a dream or video game. Delusions likewise seem like normal parts of reality to the sufferer, even if he or she is aware that they sound like “the sort of thing crazy people believe.” For that matter, since the symptoms of schizophrenia include a loss of motivating emotion that can make it impossible to do work or engage in even simple self-care, the sufferer may find it as difficult to seek help as he or she does to do anything else. You should encourage anyone in Matthews, NC who seems to be suffering from any of these symptoms to get a mental health screening.

The only symptoms that a sufferer is likely to be able to recognize as warning signs and be able to act upon are the cognitive symptoms — an inability to remember, organize thoughts or make decisions. These can be mistaken for the effects of stress, fatigue or lack of sleep. Even in cases where this is all they really are, they add up to a good reason for a mental health screening.

Mental health screenings in Matthews, NC

The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC offers excellent mental health screening services and support for mental health patients. The clinic has doctors on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and mental health screenings are a part of its subscription medical practice. The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. The clinic also offers an in-house pharmacy virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results from the in-house lab services.

The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if they will accept your insurance.  If you’re concerned about the state of your mental health, make an appointment today.

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It pays to have a lab handy

The following is a dramatization.

Kevin, a middle-aged man, found that he was suffering from frequent thirst and urination, that he was often hungry, and that he got a tingling sensation in his hands and feet. His doctor recommended he get tested for diabetes. This was easier said than done, because Kevin didn’t have access to diagnostic laboratory services.

Kevin had health insurance through his employer, which covered the cost of the test. The problem was that he had to arrange a day off work in order to drive to the hospital with the lab and back again, at a time when his office was particularly busy. This meant waiting until the middle of next week just to have the test done. Once that was done, he had to wait several more weeks to get the results. All this added up to a very long time to wonder just how unhealthy he really was.

Michael, who had the same symptoms, had subscribed to concierge medicine. He had the test done on a Saturday and got the results on Monday.

Diagnostic laboratory services

A diagnostic lab should be is CLIA waived. What this means is that the lab meets the standards of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988, or CLIA, which sets the standards for laboratories in the United States that examine specimens of human blood or tissue. These standards are designed to minimize the risk of incorrect test results, which can do serious harm if acted upon.

In the lab, the patient meets the phlebotomist, whose job it is to draw a small sample of blood from one of the patient’s veins and take it to the lab. He or she gets the patient’s name, explains the procedure and draws the blood. He or she cleans and bandages the puncture and lets the patient know how long to leave the bandage on. Diagnostic lab services are an important part of medical practice

Diagnostic laboratory services in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, a subscription medical practice, has a CLIA waived in house lab and a phlebotomist on staff four half days a week. They can perform the rapid strep test, the flu test, the diabetes monitoring test, pregnancy test, and urinalysis, among others. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted.

The Conner Clinic also includes an in-house pharmacy and an online portal for keeping track of your information and scheduling appointments. Subscribe today.

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Plan travel vaccinations when going abroad

Travel vaccinations are something we often neglect. According to one study, 16% of American adult travelers needed to take the MMR vaccine, but only half of those who needed to take it did. But getting your shots before you travel is one of the most important steps you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. The best time to begin work on your vaccination schedule is as soon as you know what country you are going to go to. At the Traveler Information Center of the CDC Web site, you can find out which vaccines, if any, you will be required to take for that country.

Three diseases to beware of

Hepatitis A is most often found in developing countries with bad sanitary conditions and low levels of hygiene. Ironically, in these places the disease rarely takes the form of epidemics, because most people are infected with it in early childhood and are thereafter immune. However, if you have no immunity it is still possible for you to contract the virus from them.

The first symptoms of hepatitis A appear two to six weeks after infection. They are sometimes mistaken for influenza, and include fatigue, fever, nausea and loss of appetite, followed by jaundice and diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear in adults, but not in children.

Yellow fever is mostly found in tropical parts of South America and Africa. It is spread by mosquito bite, not through person-to-person contact. As with hepatitis A, the first symptoms can be mistaken for the flu: they include headaches, muscle pains, nausea, chills and fever. After this comes the remission period. However, in 15 to 25 percent of cases, viral hemorrhagic fever sets in which kills half of those who contract it.

Bacterial meningitis is most common in Brazil, India and western and central Africa. The initial symptoms in adults are headaches and rigidity of the neck. If properly treated, the risk of death from bacterial meningitis is less than 15 percent, but over 300,000 people died of it in 2013.

Getting travel vaccinations in Matthews, NC

Once you know which vaccines you should take, the next step is to find a travel vaccinations clinic in your area, where experts can help you set up a schedule that will have you fully immunized in time for your trip. You should make your first visit at least two months before you begin traveling. The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC specializes in this service, offering vaccinations for yellow fever, meningitis, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, rabies, polio and Japanese encephalitis, along with routine vaccinations such as the measles shot and annual flu shots. If you plan on going to another country any time soon, find out which vaccinations you need and make an appointment today.

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Don’t settle for over-the counter HCG

It’s time for another reminder that HCG weight loss can be effective, but only when taken as part of a medically supervised program with prescription medicine. Over-the-counter and online purveyors of pills that (supposedly) contain human chorionic gonadotropin have given HCG weight loss a bad name. Many of these pills are manufactured outside the U.S., in countries where our health regulations are not enforced. Taking these puts you at unnecessary risk.

And there is no guarantee that these pills will even contain the necessary hormone. You should especially stay away from any HCG weight loss treatment labeled “homeopathic.” A massive study by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, released in November of last year, found no evidence of any sort of homeopathic treatment being any more effective than a placebo. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since homeopathic treatments are almost entirely water or sugar, based on the idea that water and sugar “remember” everything they have ever been mixed with, and if mixed with medicine will retain the properties of that medicine even when the dilution is so thorough that not one molecule of the original substance is likely to be present. This “theory” contradicts the known laws of physics, chemistry and your drinking water not tasting like dinosaur urine.

In the unlikely event that you manage to find real, uncontaminated hormone pills, you should still get expert help with them. The use of hCG, a hormone which commands the body to burn fat for energy, is generally combined with an extremely low-calorie diet (about 500 calories a day) for faster weight loss. This diet is actually what causes the weight loss — the role of the hormone is to make the diet easier to follow. Without medical supervision, such a diet carries its own risks, such as irregular heartbeat, gallstone formation and electrolyte imbalance. For that reason alone, you need a doctor to help you with this.

Genuine HCG weight loss in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, has two HCG weight loss programs, both with a 95 percent success rate — a 23-day program for those who want to lose up to 15 pounds, and a 43-day program for those who want to lose 20 to 40 pounds.

These programs include staff support, weekly HCG weight loss injections and a guidebook for patients that includes low-calorie menus. Once you have completed the program, the medical staff will use the FDA-approved Medgem to calculate your new metabolic rate, so that you will know exactly how many calories per day you need to keep the pounds off and remain healthy at your new weight. (This is the same equipment used on The Biggest Loser.)  If you want to try real HCG weight loss, call today.

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How a subscription membership practice works

The subscription membership practice, also known as concierge medicine, is a growing trend in the American medical marketplace. In it, patients are given premium care in exchange for a recurring membership fee. This has many advantages for patients, getting rid of the long stays in waiting rooms that can result in half a day or a whole day away from work just to get a ten-minute visit with the actual doctor. This makes preventative care easier to practice and helps keep patients healthier. According to Matt Jacobson, CEO of concierge practice SignatureMD, “In the U.S. we allocate 3 percent of our healthcare spending to prevention, and yet 72 percent of diseases plaguing the country are preventable. Concierge medicine is based on the principle that up-front investment in wellness will result in a reduction in acute healthcare episodes.”

Subscription membership practice also means the doctor has fewer patients to keep track of, and is able to give each of them the attention they deserve. The subscription membership practice is popular among those who have tried it. According to Concierge Choice Physicians, 98 percent of patients polled said that communication with their doctors had improved.

Subscription membership practice in Matthews, NC

Dr. Conner and the Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, offer a subscription membership practice. Members gain same-day or next-day appointments, advanced diagnostic testing, preventative care, executive physicals, advanced personalized care and personalized medical reports. The clinic also offers virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, view lab results and even make virtual appointments if necessary — all from their own homes.

A former Peace Corps volunteer, Dr. Conner has assembled a medical staff from all parts of the world.

Medical services the Conner Clinic offers include:

  • Pediatric care.
  • An in-house pharmacy which provides quick and hassle-free medication refills.
  • BOTOX treatments for wrinkles, migraines and excess sweating.
  • Travel vaccinations for those planning international travel.
  • An HCG weight loss program using the FDA-approved Medgem.
  • Gynecological exams.
  • Laboratory services.
  • Aortic aneurysm screenings.
  • Mental health screenings and treatment.

The Conner Clinic is part of the Hallmark MD Private Care Group. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Human Choicecare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Coventry, Cigna, Healthgram, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted. If you live in the Matthews area and have been put off from annual check-ups by the inconvenience of primary care, take advantage of subscription membership practice today.

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What your family practice doctors does all day

Your family practice doctor should offer many services — treatment for cuts, scrapes and other minor injuries, diagnostic and preventative care, pediatric care for any children you may have, regular and travel vaccinations, mental health screenings, gynecological exams, bladder scanning or removing ingrown toenails. Family practice doctors should have time for their patients and the ability to get to know them all. A family practice doctor must look after people at every stage of their lives — infants, toddlers, older children going through puberty, pregnant women, middle-aged men and women trying to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease or diabetes, or the elderly. More than that, he or she follows the health of patients as they move from one stage to another, and becomes intimately familiar with their medical concerns. In order to be able to handle all this, a family practice doctor generally goes through four years of undergraduate work, four years of medical school and three years of residency. Some choose to do a fellowship in pediatrics, geriatrics or some other specialty field.

Some family practice doctors see about 20 patients a day, while others are even busier. Some start their day as early as 7 a.m., while others prefer the usual 9 a.m. Much of their time is spent following up on patients they diagnosed and prescribed treatments for earlier, ordering prescription refills and checking up on their medical progress. With so many patients, a family practice doctor may need to limit the number of patients he or she takes on, so as to make sure he or she can give each of them the attention they need and deserve. You may want to take advantage of a subscription medical practice in order to benefit from this service personally.

A family medical practice in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, offers complete family health care. The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. The clinic also offers an in-house pharmacy virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results from the in-house lab services.

The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if they will accept your insurance.  Check the website — you never know when there might be a special offer. Make an appointment today.

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The usual services of an on call doctor

Most of the medical services you need can be worked into a regular schedule of visits to your family doctor. These services include annual physicals, vaccinations and booster shots, diagnostic tests and specialized physicals for students or athletes. Ear infections and influenza aren’t scheduled in advance, of course, but can usually be dealt with during the regular working day.

Waiting times and how to avoid them

But even under normal circumstances, the fewer days you have to spend waiting for an appointment and the fewer hours you spend in the waiting room, the better. Most of us have heard the horror stories of patients kept waiting for obscenely long times. And some of them really are horror stories. A Brooklyn patient died in a waiting room after waiting there for 24 hours to see an on call doctor. A Canadian patient was kept waiting 34 hours for what was (at least when he walked in the door) a minor injury.

These stories are backed up by statistical evidence. In 2013, the physician staffing firm Merritt Hawkins polled five types of doctor’s offices. They found that patients waited, on average, 29 days to see a dermatologist, 32 days for a heart evaluation and 66 days for a physical. That same year, the Commonwealth Fund found that 26 percent of Americans reported wait times of six days or more for primary care appointments. All this is before you even get into the doctor’s office.

If you or your child is hurt or sick, but not quite badly enough to justify a trip to the emergency room, you don’t want to have to wait any longer than necessary. You especially don’t want to have to make your child wait any longer than necessary. All this can be avoided with the help of an on call doctor 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He or she can respond quickly and professionally to any kind of sudden misfortune. Most importantly, he or she can tell you if you or your child needs to go to the ER right now.

Clinic on call in Matthews, NC

Dr. Conner and the Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, provide excellent primary care, with a state-of-the-art medical facility. On call service is a part of their subscription membership package, and includes same-day or next-day appointments, advanced diagnostic testing, preventative care, executive physicals, advanced personalized care and personalized medical reports. The Conner Clinic is a part of the Hallmark MD Private Care Group, a membership medical practice. The clinic also offers virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results. Subscribe today.

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How to make the best use of BOTOX

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BOTOX as a migraine treatment

Chronic migraines are a torture. The condition is defined by the FDA as 15 or more headache days a month, with each headache lasting four hours or more. Even those who have never suffered it wince just from reading that sentence. Those who live with this condition know how bad it truly is, and what it does to their ability to concentrate on their work, enjoy their hobbies or spend time with their friends and family.

It is becoming more and more widely known as an FDA-approved preventative treatment for severe chronic migraines. In tests it prevents up to nine headache days a month, a result over 28 percent better than a placebo. So far, the FDA has not approved the use of BOTOX to treat headaches that don’t happen often enough or last long enough to meet the definition of chronic.

If and how to take BOTOX

If you’ve ever taken any similar product to BOTOX and had an allergic reaction, you shouldn’t take it. If you do decide to use it to treat migraines, start tracking your attack frequency long before you begin the procedure. This means making a note of how often you have these attacks, when they begin and when they end. Of course, this is going to be very hard to do while you’re suffering from a migraine attack, but it is important — it lets the doctor accurately gauge the effectiveness of the BOTOX treatment.

BOTOX as a migraine treatment is usually taken about once every three months. It is injected into the muscles of the forehead, scalp, neck and shoulders. You will want to find the most experienced doctor you can to perform the injections. Your health insurance provider should have a list of approved physicians — make sure your doctor is on it.

Your doctor should carefully monitor you for signs of dangerous side effects such as general weakness, blurred or double vision, change or loss of voice, or trouble breathing, swallowing or maintaining bladder control. Many doctors believe that BOTOX works by shutting off pain receptors in the places where it has been injected. The effect of the treatment usually lasts two and a half months. If necessary, other treatments can be used to manage the pain until the next treatment.

BOTOX treatment in Matthews, NC

The best place to go for BOTOX treatment in Matthews, NC, is the Conner Family Health Clinic. The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice. Dr. Conner is highly experienced at working with BOTOX and will develop the right treatment plan for you, based on what sort of treatment you need and what your goals are. If you are interested in any of the medical applications of BOTOX, make an appointment today.

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Warning signs of alcoholism

Alcoholism is a very serious condition. According to the CDC, excess alcohol use leads to an average of 88,000 deaths every year. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, there are some questions you can ask to determine if you might have a problem. They include:

  • Do you try to avoid family or close friends while you are drinking?
  • Can you handle more alcohol now than when you first started to drink?
  • Have you ever been unable to remember part of the previous evening, even though your friends say you didn’t pass out?
  • When drinking with other people, do you try to have a few extra drinks when others won’t know about it?
  • Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable if alcohol is not available?
  • Are you more in a hurry to get your first drink of the day than you used to be?
  • Has a family member or close friend expressed concern or complained about your drinking?
  • Do you often want to continue drinking after your friends say they’ve had enough?
  • Are you having more financial, work, school, and/or family problems as a result of your drinking?
  • Has your physician ever advised you to cut down on your drinking?
  • Do you eat very little or irregularly during the periods when you are drinking?
  • Do you sometimes stay drunk for several days at a time?

Given that none of us are as good at introspection as we like to think we are, and the boundless human capacity for self-deception, it is best not to try too hard to diagnose yourself. If you think you might have a problem, the next step is to get a mental health screenings.

Mental health screenings in Matthews, NC

The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC offers excellent mental health screenings services and support for mental health patients. The clinic has doctors on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and mental health screenings are a part of its subscription medical practice. The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. The clinic also offers an in-house pharmacy virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results from the in-house lab services.

The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if they will accept your insurance.  If you’re concerned about the state of your mental health, make an appointment today.

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A lucky warning about a silent killer

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Abdominal aortic aneurysm warning signs

Early in March, Mr. Thomas began feeling a pulsing sensation, off and on, near his navel. He was a little over sixty, and he didn’t know it yet, but this was one of the luckiest days of his life.

Mr. Thomas was, as far as he knew, in reasonably good health. He didn’t drink much, and he had quit smoking thirty years ago and never looked back. And the pulsing didn’t feel like much, so he ignored it at first, assuming it would go away.

Instead, it got worse. It turned into a throbbing sensation like a drumbeat, backed up by a dull ache in his side and back. Every day, it got harder to work around. Finally, he decided to get a medical checkup, just in case. Since he had a subscription medical plan, it was easy to make an appointment.

Mr. Thomas described his symptoms to the doctor, who immediately ordered an ultrasound test. This was a quick, painless and safe procedure. What it uncovered, however, was anything but safe — an abdominal aortic anuerysm. The doctor prescribed an antihypertensive agent and recommended he return soon for surgery.

What an abdominal aortic aneurysm is

The aorta is an artery about the size of a garden hose, and it carries blood from the heart down into the abdomen. When a weak spot forms in the lower aorta, it swells to form an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Mr. Thomas was lucky in that the growth of the aneurysm caused him some discomfort — too often the problem develops with no symptoms at all.

Sometimes blood seeps out of the aneurysm, causing a much more intense pain. At this point, there is still time for surgery. Blood clots can also form in the area of an aneurysm and damage other organs.  But if the aneurysm explodes, the patient starts bleeding to death. The symptoms are intense pain, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, clamminess, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. There may also be bruising along the sides. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2009, abdominal aortic aneurysms killed 10,597 people in the U.S., and contributed to the deaths of over 17,000 more. The people most likely to need an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening are men who have high blood pressure, have ever smoked or have suffered an aortic infection.

AAA screenings in Matthews, NC

In January of 2007, a federal law went into effect that made free one-time abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings available for any Medicare Part B enrollee who either has a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm, or is a man between the ages 65 and 75 and has smoked at least 100 cigarettes in his lifetime. If you are outside this age range or are not enrolled in Medicare Part B, but you are interested in an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, they are included in the subscription medical practice at the Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC. Dr. Conner is on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Make an appointment today.

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