Cari Jean. Queen, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursProvidence Valley Physicians
12509 E Mission
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
- CIGNA HealthCare
- First Choice Health
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- Group Health Cooperative
- Molina Healthcare of Washington
- PacifiCare/Secure Horizons Washington
- Premera Blue Cross
- Regence BlueShield Washington
- United Healthcare
What are some common heart diseases?
Carolinas HealthCare System answeredCommon diseases of the heart include coronary artery disease (artery blockage), heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and heart failure. One in three Americans have or will develop one of these forms of heart disease.
How can I get the most from my doctor visits for my heart condition?
Maintaining heart and blood vessel health is an ongoing process that requires regular checkups with your doctor so that he can monitor your treatment. This is especially important if you have conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. You'll get the most from your doctor visits by becoming an active participant in your own care by:
- keeping a record of your diagnosis and symptoms; jot down important medical information and symptoms
- knowing your medications, and being aware of any side effects
- talking to your doctor about diet and exercise
- participating and asking questions during your appointments
- being honest, and telling your doctor if you're having difficulty following the prescribed treatment plan; he or she will work with you to create a program you can stick with
- calling your doctor if you develop troubling symptoms or experience medication side effects
Prepare a list of questions regarding your condition and treatment. You're less likely to forget important points when you put them in writing. Be sure to include topics such as your symptoms, medications, side effects, diet, exercise, treatment monitoring and follow-up care. If you need support, arrange for a friend or family member to go with you to the appointment. Feel free to speak frankly with your doctor, and bring up any concerns you have about your care. Take notes, and ask the doctor to slow down or repeat anything that you don't understand.
What is a pathologist?
Pathologists are medical doctors who specialize in the examination of tissue and blood samples to diagnose disease and who perform autopsies.
Pathologists analyze and evaluate all tissues removed from people by such procedures as surgery or biopsy. They also are in charge of the clinical laboratories that analyze blood and body fluid samples. For example, when a person has a mole removed or has a Pap test, a pathologist examines the specimen to determine the diagnosis. Treatment decisions are often made based on the pathology report.
Pathologists can be board-certified in a number of subspecialities through the American Board of Pathology, which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialities.
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