The Department of General Medicine treats various pathogenic diseases, lifestyle diseases and chronic ailments in coordination with the other specialities such as cardiology, endocrinology, nephrology and neurology among others. The Internal Medicine Team at Srikara Hospitals is highly experienced and comprehensively supported by a specialized medical ICU staffed with skilled nurses and paramedics. Some of the routinely provided treatment and services are given below.
- Chronic Diseases
- Preventive Care
- Lifestyle Diseases
- Deficiency Diseases
- Stomach Ailments
Lifestyle diseases include cardiovascular diseases, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and diseases associated with smoking and alcohol and abuse. Lifestyle diseases are widespread in the contemporary world due to unhealthy diets, vices and sedentary habits.
Diabetes and hypertension are the most prevalent of lifestyle diseases.
- Diabetes is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood, which leads to multiple physiological complications. Insulin produced by the pancreas lowers blood glucose. Absence or insufficient production of insulin causes diabetes. Diabetes patients need to follow healthy diets, be physically active, and monitor their blood glucose. They may also need to take oral medication, and/or insulin to control blood glucose levels
- Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. It can severely impact quality of life and it increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and death. Some types of hypertension can be managed through lifestyle and dietary choices, such as engaging in physical activity, reducing alcohol and tobacco use, and avoiding a high-sodium diet. Lifestyle measures are standard first-line treatment for hypertension, but people with blood pressure over 140 over 90 may use medication. Drugs are usually started one at a time, at a low dose. Eventually, a combination of at least two antihypertensive drugs is usually required.
Pneumonia causes inflammation in air sacs of lungs (Alveoli) which fills up with fluid, making it difficult to breathe. Symptoms include coughing, fever, shortness of breath, chest pain and chills. Pneumonia can be diagnosed by blood tests, sputum tests or a bronchoscopy. Few types of pneumonia can be treated by using antibiotics for 1-3 days at home. But in few cases it requires hospitalisation where patient will be given antibiotics through IV line and respiratory or oxygen therapy if required. Few cases of pneumonia can be prevented with the help of vaccination.
Stomach problems affect millions of people. This may include regular occurrences such as indigestion or heart burn or more severe conditions such as gastroenteritis. Heartburn and indigestion may be managed medically with OTC products. However, acute gastritis, ulceration and gastroenteric infections may need multidisciplinary medical intervention.
Srikara Hospitals has a skilled team of general medicine practitioners who have extensive experience in treating such disorders. The General Medicine team is supported by nephrologists, gastroenterologists and other disciplines as may be required by the patient.
DENGUE HEMORRAGHIC FEVER
Dengue fever is a mosquito borne illness and takes upto a week to tide over. Symptoms may include fever along with rash, vomiting, nausea, muscle or joint pain and bleeding. The condition is diagnosed through a specific blood investigation following which the patient is admitted. The primary concern with dengue lies with the bleeding it may cause. Patients are given IV fluids, electrolyte therapy and monitored. If required blood/platelet transfusions are also given. Following recovery, patients may are advised to follow light diet and plenty of fluids.
- Infectious Diseases
- Multi Organ Dysfunction
- Drug Overdoses and Poisoning
- Respiratory Infections
- Acute Respiratory Emergencies
- Chronic Headaches & Migraine
- Lifestyle Disease Management
- Hormonal Disorders