Cholesterol

There is a growing awareness of health and "wellness" going on all around us. From restrictive diets to the latest exercise machines, Americans want to live longer and live healthier.  We are more conscientious shoppers, reading labels for salt and fat content.  And yet some of us may still have difficulty bringing our cholesterols down below 200 - the recommended normal limits.

Doctors understand how frustrating this can be.  The dynamics of lipid (fat) metabolism are essentially the same in all people.  Some cholesterol gets deposited in our blood vessels as we age, and some is removed from deposits to be "destroyed" by the liver.  This is where the terms "good" and "bad" cholesterol (HDL and LDL) are used.  A balance is achieved in all of us, but where the balance lies may be quite different, even for those on the same diet! 

It has been clearly proven that lowering the cholesterol for ALL individuals decreases their risk of cardiovascular diseases.  We recommend regular cholesterol testing in adults.  Strong recommendations have even come out for children; and more pediatricians are checking cholesterol levels in kids.  Ideally laboratory tests should be performed after an overnight fast.  This yields the most reliable HDL and LDL measurements.

Patients with high HDL cholesterol tend to have less heart disease, while those with high LDL fractions may have a higher incidence of vascular disease. Our goal then, is to raise the relative percentage of HDL (good) cholesterol, while we lower the total cholesterol level. Exercise, especially aerobic exercise, raises the relative percentage of HDL.  Weight reduction is helpful too.  Although diet remains the cornerstone of therapy, it is clear that diet alone, generally doesn't bring the cholesterol down more than 10 to 15 percent.  If levels are maintained above 200 or LDL is high, medication may be recommended.

Routine Screening, Immunizations, Asthma Treatment Plan, Diabetic Management

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  • Influenza Information
    • Fall is nearly upon us and flu season is not far behind. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, recommends flu (influenza) vaccination for those at risk for the disease or any of its complications such as pneumonia.

      Unlike pneumonia vaccine, which may confer lifelong immunity, influenza vaccination needs to be given yearly, since it provides protection only for each year's specific flu virus strain. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; the vaccination program affords us a chance to prevent illness. Flu shots have a very low risk of adverse effects.

      Anyone may receive the flu shot, but those who should be immunized include individuals over fifty (50) years old, those with chronic medical illnesses such as diabetes, heart, lung, or kidney disease, and those with high exposure risk such as nursing home residents and health care workers.

      You may arrange for your vaccination through our office. This may also be an excellent opportunity to check on and update your last Tetanus and Diphtheria immunizations. They should be repeated every 10 years. Please contact us if you have any questions.
  • Hypertension
  • Hepatitis C
  • Lab
  • IBS
  • GERD
    • What is it?

      Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a process caused by acid moving up from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach). It commonly presents with symptoms such as acid indigestion and heartburn. It can also give a bitter or sour taste in the back of the throat. Sometimes it can cause discomfort in the chest described as burning behind the breastbone.

      GERD can be caused when the muscle between the esophagus and stomach (the lower esophageal sphincter) does not function properly. A number of factors can cause the muscle not to tighten properly, allowing acid to move back up into the esophagus. Things that cause an increase in acid production in the stomach can also worsen the condition. These include medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and pregnancy, medications such as certain blood pressure and heart medications, and foods such as alcohol, spicy foods, chocolate, and caffeine. Smoking and lying down after eating can also worsen GERD symptoms.

      Diagnosis

      GERD is commonly diagnosed by history. If symptoms do not improve with medications, then further tests may be indicated. An upper GI is an X-ray test which shows the esophagus, stomach, and upper portion of the small intestine. Another test is endoscopy, in which a camera at the end of a small flexible tube is inserted down the GI tract while the patient is sedated, to allow the physician to directly visualize the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.

      Treatment of GERD starts with lifestyle modifications, and may also include medications.

      Lifestyle changes include avoiding:
      • large meals
      • lying down after eating
      • alcoholic beverages
      • caffeine products
      • chocolates
      • fried or spicy foods
      • smoking


Weight loss and sleeping with the head slightly elevated may also help with GERD symptoms.  Medications used to treat GERD include antacids and acid blockers (histamine blockers and proton pump inhibitors). See your physician to find out what the right treatment is for you.

Westbrook Internal Medicine in Hoffman Estates IL 60169
Westbrook Internal Medicine Hoffman Estates IL testing facilities

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colon malignancy is the third leading cause of death from cancer in the United States for both men and women.  Tumors may develop from small polyps which frequently have no symptoms at all. 

Special Diets

We have a registered dietitian and diabetic educator available by appointment in our office to assist you with weight control and special dietary needs.

  • Weight loss
  • Diabetes
  • Low fat
  • Low cholesterol
  • Low salt
  • Gout
  • Kidney stones
  • Gluten-free diet

Services

Specific Exercises

Here you will find specific exercises for your injury to help restore you to normal functioning.

The incidence of colorectal cancer is higher in close family members of patients with either polyps or malignancy.

 Simple, inexpensive screening is available.  Stool Hemoccult testing can detect intestinal bleeding chemically and is quite sensitive.  Indeed, a special diet is required so that meat fibers and medicines don't cause false positive results.

 Although less than four percent (4%) of positive test results are attributable to colorectal cancer, other causes are often found on further investigation.  These include: hemorrhoids, colitis, diverticulosis, inflammatory bowel disease, as well as benign and premalignant polyps.  Hemoccult testing is even paid for by Medicare; and the 20% co-payment of other procedures is waived!

 People over 40 years of age should have yearly stool Hemoccult testing.  This is strongly recommended by the American Cancer Society.  Additionally they encourage baseline flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy for patients over 50, and every three to five years thereafter, to help detect early (treatable) lesions.  This is a simple procedure which is done in the office, after an easy prep at home.

Testing Facilities - Lab tests and Special Procedures

We can do many tests and procedures in our office including blood tests, urine tests, ultrasounds, pulmonary function testing, and many more.


Lab Corp. Phlebotomist on-site, by appointment only.

(847) 884-7111

1555 N. Barrington Rd. Suite 505 Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

Phone: (847) 884-7111

Treatment Plans



Ultrasound - Ultrasonography is available by appointment.

  • Abdominal
  • Kidney
  • Gallbladder
  • Pancreatic
  • Thyroid


Cardiac Diagnostics

  • Holter monitoring
  • Extended "event" monitoring
  • Echocardiography with color flow Doppler
  • 24 hour blood pressure monitoring (ABPM)
  • EKGs


Cryoablative Therapy - We can freeze and destroy certain skin lesions such as warts, seborrheic keratoses, and others right in the office.

Injections

  • Allergy
  • Immunizations (vaccines)
  • Joint and trigger point injections (cortisone shots)

Westbrook Internal Medicine

Laboratory Testing

Extensive laboratory testing is available through our office, including: blood and urine examination, ultrasonography, and cardiac diagnostics (electrocardiogram, Holter monitoring, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and  echocardiography). 

For routine testing, after the doctor reviews them, our clinical personnel will inform you of the results by telephone.  Some test results may be reviewed with you in person at a follow up appointment.  Generally this may be necessary to start new medication or treatment or to review complex testing.  If we are unable to reach you by phone,  we will try to contact you by mail. Laboratory and X-ray reports can be copied and sent by mail to you by our clinical staff.  

Although certain tests take longer, routine laboratory results are generally available within 48 hours. Of course, if needed your physician will discuss your test results directly with you.

Fax: (847) 884-7156