Why choose the Buda Health Center?
The Patient-Doctor relationship is based on trust, the determining factor in a treatment's success or failure. We feel that our doctors have earned this trust through their professionalism, knowledge, experience and know-how. The level of care is further guaranteed by our leading physicians who have gained renown and are respected in their field of practice.
When should we see an Internist?
It is recommended that you see an Internist when you have symptoms of uncertain origin or when you have a non-acute medical situation. Internal Medicine has integrated other areas of general medicine from the standpoint of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. Many Internists have specialized, for example, in gastroenterology, diabetology (diabetes) and cardiovascular diseases.
What happens during a general internal examination?
Taking down the patient's history is a very important part of the examination process. The physician will inquire regarding the medical history of the family with special attention to diseases of the cardiovascular system (i.e., high blood pressure, heart attacks, arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, embolism), the gastrointestinal system (liver, gall bladder), metabolism (diabetes, fat metabolism), endocrinology (endocrine glands, hormones), respiratory system, urogenital system (urinary tract), musculoskeletal diseases, autoimmune or contagious diseases, developmental abnormalities and cancer including their occurrence and the age at which an illness appeared. The physician will also request information regarding the patient's own earlier medical history, previous illnesses, childhood diseases and complications, if any. Information regarding allergies, respiratory, dietary or drug, will also be requested.
The physician will also perform a physical examination to check the general condition of the internal organs, physical development and the state of nourishment, examine the skin surface, the color of the mucous membranes, palpate the thyroid glands and lymph nodes. The chest, lungs and heart are examined through percussion and auscultation, the peripheral and neck arteries palpated and a check done for varicose veins. The liver and spleen are palpated in the abdominal cavity that is also checked for sensitivity, abnormal resistance and hernia and determines that presence of scar tissue. The musculoskeletal and neurological system examination is also included, as well as ECG examination.
If there are symptoms present, the Internist will set up a program to discover the causative factors including laboratory and diagnostic tests and further consultations with specialists. The results will then be compared to the previous reports since the changes, if any, will help in setting up the therapy treatment. The Internist will continually follow and monitor the results and care for the patient.