Our Geriatric Medicine Specialists
The experts at PlatinumCare LA are skilled in providing state-of-the-art treatment options in geriatric medicine in Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Playa Vista, CA, helping men and women manage and prevent age-related medical issues for better overall health and optimal wellness during the senior years.
Geriatric Medicine Q & A
What is geriatric medicine?
Geriatric medicine is a specialty field of medicine devoted to helping men and women manage their health as they get older. It includes evaluations, tests, treatments and procedures aimed not only at treating existing disease, but also at helping decrease risk factors for disease, as well as providing lifestyle guidance to help patients adopt healthy habits to optimize their wellness.
What conditions does geriatric medicine treat?
Geriatric medicine specialists are skilled at treating an array of illnesses and conditions, customizing care to the needs of the individual patient as they get older and their needs change. As we age, our risks of some diseases increases sharply, and much of geriatric care is focused on diagnosing these issues in their earliest stages and in identifying risk factors that make it more likely the disease will occur. Some of the most common medical risks and conditions affecting older men and women include high blood pressure, heart disease, vascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, hormonal imbalances, some types of cancer and dementia. Geriatric medicine practitioners are skilled in diagnosing, preventing and managing these conditions and many others.
What treatments are available?
Treatment of geriatric issues depends on the underlying medical condition as well as the patient’s overall health and other factors. Every treatment plan begins with a physical examination and a complete medical history to look for signs of disease and to help identify risk factors. Screening tests including blood work, urinalysis, diagnostic imaging and other testing are also important for gaining a complete picture of health necessary to manage disease. Once your health has been assessed, you’ll have a chance to learn about all your treatment options and to participate in creating a plan of care aimed at keeping you as healthy as possible.