Internist Questions and Answers
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Table of Contents:
What kind of Doctor is an Internist?
What is the Difference between a Family Medicine Doctor and an Internist?
When should I see an Internist?
What Does an Internist Do?
Internists practice internal medicine, which is the medical practice of diagnosing, treating and preventing internal diseases, such as hypertension, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and respiratory diseases. Internal medicine specialists often focus on exclusively treating adults, as they are experts in adult physiology. Because of this, many patients decide to have an internist as their primary care physician.
Internists are internal medicine doctors, specialists who apply clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of complex illnesses and medical conditions. They are well-trained in the diagnosis of complicated medical problems, in the ongoing care of chronic illnesses, and in caring for patients with more than one disease, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Internists also specialize in health promotion and disease prevention and help their patients live a better quality of life by addressing their health concerns.
Internists care primarily for adults, whereas family medicine doctors see patients of all ages. While some internists also care for children, they must have dual training in both internal medicine and pediatrics. In addition to this, internists are trained to offer care for a wide variety of health conditions as well as to provide patient education for the prevention of disease and promotion of overall wellness.
In contrast, family medicine doctors care for people of all ages, from infants and adolescents to adults and the elderly. They provide a diverse range of care, including: pediatrics; adolescent medicine; adult medicine; and geriatrics.
There are many reasons to see an internist, from primary care to specific symptoms and health problems. For those who have an internist as their primary care physician, they will see them for any type of illness or injury. For those who do not, they still may see an internist for specific problems, especially if they are experiencing issues in which the internist has specialized training. Common reasons to see an internist include:
– You are older than 18 and are experiencing health problems related to the internal organs
– You have a chronic condition
– You have an acute disease
– You have a mild ailment
– To diagnose a specific symptom, such as abdominal pain or chest pain
Internists care for adult patients with a variety of internal diseases, from hypertension (high blood pressure) to diabetes. In addition to treating these diseases, internists help patients to control and manage chronic conditions and also help them prevent complications that can appear when dealing with certain diseases. Internists also provide patient education about early warning signs of these diseases as well as appropriate steps for prevention. In addition to this, internists also make referrals to other physicians, write prescriptions, or any tasks that other physicians would do. Depending on their background, internists may also split their time between seeing patients and conducting research and training in their chosen specialization, which can range from endocrinology to rheumatology, as well as oncology, nephrology and hematology, among many others. Internal medicine is a dynamic and ever-evolving field, and internists help to advance the field of medicine by sharing their knowledge and expertise with the healthcare industry.
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