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Wednesday, February 11, 2009 9:00 AM
Radiocast: Chronic Conditions: What You Need to Know

Rand: This is Healthcare 411: Information for better health. Seven out of every ten Americans who die each year succumb to a chronic illness such as diabetes, hypertension or heart disease.
AHRQ Director Dr. Carolyn Clancy:

Dr. Clancy: Chronic diseases are illnesses that generally don’t go away once you get them and, in many cases, can’t be cured. Managing them can be very complex and time-consuming.

Rand: What’s your advice for patients who have a chronic disease?

Dr. Clancy: Managing a chronic illness involves repeating many important actions regularly. The actions include: following a medicine routine; making a major lifestyle change, such as quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption or losing weight; taking action when symptoms indicate a problem, such as scheduling a doctor’s visit or a lab test; and checking symptoms regularly, even daily.

Rand: Learn more online at http://healthcare411.ahrq.gov/. Healthcare 411 is produced by AHRQ, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Rand Gardner for Healthcare 411.


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