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Referrals to other Medical Offices
Referrals are handled by our efficient and capable staff. We do everything we can to accommodate your needs and get you in to see the specialists as soon as possible. We can refer to UNC Hospitals, Duke Hospitals, Wake Hospitals, or Rex Hospitals, and any of their private specialty affiliates.
We are a privately owned practice but maintain associate staff priveledges at all Hospitals. If one of our patients is admitted to UNC, Wake, Rex, and Novant Hospitals, we work closely with the admitting team of physicians.
An Internal Medicine physician is the best choice as a primary physician for individuals with any medical problem, or for any individual who is looking to maintain and optimize his or her health and well-being.
Internal Medicine covers a broad range of medical practice, with exceptions of surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics. An internist is trained in the care of routine medical problems and has advanced training in preventative medicine and the diagnosis and management of complex medical problems of the internal organs and systems.
Common examples would include management of high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, heart and lung diseases, disorders of the stomach and intestine, and diseases of the brain and nervous system.
A Primary Care Provider is your first contact within the medical care system, helping patients with everything from simple medical issues or undiagnosed medical conditions to more complex problems, as well as providing continuing care for the majority of long-term medical issues.
Common examples would include simple injuries and infectious diseases, routine preventative medical care such as routine physicals, travel immunization, counseling, to more complex long-term care for patients with chronic medical problems such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, emphysema, and chronic gastrointestinal illnesses.
Nephrology concerns the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases, including electrolyte disturbances and hypertension, and the care of those requiring renal replacement therapy, including dialysis and renal transplant patients. Many diseases affecting the kidneys are systemic in nature and not limited to the organ itself, and may require special treatment.
Examples include acquired conditions such as systemic vasculitides (e.g. ANCA vasculitis) and autoimmune diseases (e.g. lupus), as well as congenital or genetic conditions such as polycystic kidney disease.
Hypertension is high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of arteries as it flows through them. The more pressure the blood exerts on the artery walls, the higher the blood pressure will be. The size of small arteries also affects the blood pressure. When the muscular walls of arteries are relaxed, or dilated, the pressure of the blood flowing through them is lower than when the artery walls narrow, or constrict. According to the American Society of Hypertension's Specialist Program, there are currently less than 1,500 physicians who have become certified as Hypertension Specialist.