Brigid A. Morris, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursKannapolis Internal Medicine
559 Jackson Park
Kannapolis, NC 28083
- BC/BS of North Carolina
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Coventry Health Care (Wellpath)
- PARTNERS National Health Plans
- United Healthcare
- WellPath Select
- NorthEast Medical Center
How many hospitalists are there in the United States?
UCLA Health answeredThe ranks of hospitalists have soared to more than 30,000 in the United States barely 15 years after the term was first coined in a New England Journal of Medicine article. Hospitalists began to increase in numbers in the 1990s in response to managed care and the growing emphasis on outpatient treatment, both of which meant an increase in the amount of time primary care physicians needed to spend in the office rather than tending to their hospitalized patients.
What procedures help treat nephrotic syndrome?
Surgery is not used to treat nephrotic syndrome. But if treatment is not controlling your condition and you have developed chronic kidney disease, your doctor may recommend a kidney transplant.
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Can depression worsen my heart disease?
Up to 15 percent of patients with cardiovascular disease and up to 20 percent of patients who have undergone coronary bypass graft surgery experience major depression.
In one landmark study, the continued presence of depression after recovery increased the risk of death (mortality) to 17 percent within 6 months after a heart attack (versus 3 percent mortality in heart attack patients who didn't have depression).
Negative lifestyle habits associated with depression -- such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, poor diet and lack of social support -- interfere with the treatment for heart disease.
Depression has been proven to be such a risk factor in cardiac disease that the American Heart Association (AHA) has recommended that all cardiac patients be screened for depression.
Patients with depression after myocardial infarction, especially those with prior episodes, should be both carefully watched and aggressively treated because they are at an elevated cardiac risk and less likely to improve spontaneously.
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