Chronic Disease Management

Chronic Disease Management (CDM) is a comprehensive approach to identifying patients with chronic disease and improving their level of health care. Common examples of chronic disease include: diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease and coronary artery disease.

Asthma is a serious chronic disease of the lungs, caused by inflammation in the airways, that makes breathing difficult for nearly 23 million Americans. Learning more about the disease is the first step in helping children and adults with asthma breathe easier.

Chronic Kidney Disease is the gradual and usual permanent loss of kidney function over time.

  • Learn about chronic kidney disease, simple blood and urine tests that check your kidney health, what you can do to keep your kidneys healthy, and questions to ask your doctor.
    National Kidney Disease Education Program
  • Review facts about chronic kidney disease, along with causes and symptoms of kidney disease. For those who are newly diagnosed, receive a general overview and common talking points for your physician.
    National Kidney Foundation
  • Review a wealth of information pertaining to chronic kidney disease such as: warning signs, side effects, patient profiles, medical tests, medications, diet and exercise, diabetes, rehabilitation, and more.
    American Association of Kidney Patients

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease makes it hard for you to breathe. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are common chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

  • Learn more about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, what causes it, who is at risk, some of the signs and symptoms, how to prevent it and how to live with COPD.
    National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
  • Review the basics of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and discover research related to COPD, as well as a library of multimedia tools, and additional information on alternative therapies and specific conditions.
    U.S. National Library of Medicine
  • Review the steps to take to help cope with the lifestyle changes brought on by COPD, connect with others who live with COPD, and review detailed information and evidence based clinical information pertaining to the disease.
    American Lung Association

Heart failure is a chronic condition that keeps the heart muscle from pumping enough blood through the heart to meet the body’s needs for both oxygen and blood.

  • Learn more about congestive heart failure, how to treat and live with heart failure and how to work with your healthcare team.
    American Heart Association
  • Identify and learn the basics of congestive heart failure, while learning about the causes, risk factors, complications, tests, treatments, lifestyles, home remedies, prevention and support.
    Mayo Clinic
  • Learn about the symptoms and risks of CHF, as well as the diagnosing, treatment and stages of congestive heart failure. View educational videos on heart failure, and review the impact of heart failure and how to live with CHF.
    Heart Failure Society of America

Coronary Artery Disease, the most common type of heart disease, is a build up of plaque inside the coronary arteries, which reduces the blood flow to your heart muscle.

  • Learn more about coronary artery disease, what causes it, who is at risk, some of the signs and symptoms, how to prevent it and how to live with CAD.
    National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
  • Review the basics of coronary artery disease, and discover research related to CAD, as well as a library of multimedia tools, and additional information on alternative therapies and specific conditions.
    U.S. National Library of Medicine
  • Identify and learn the basics of coronary artery disease, while learning about the causes, risk factors, complications, tests, treatments, lifestyles, home remedies and prevention.
    Mayo Clinic
  • A website brought to you by the American Heart Association, introducing heart-healthy recipes for the whole family.
    Delicious Decisions

Diabetes is a chronic condition marked by high levels of sugar in the blood.

  • Review the basics of diabetes and discover how to live with diabetes by utilizing self management tools and take advantage of the suggestions offered for recipes and fitness.
    American Diabetes Association
  • Discover local diabetes community events, support groups, resources, and self management programs.
    Southeastern Michigan of the Diabetes Outreach Network
  • This website is multi-focused for those who have diabetes and those who think they may be at risk. For those who have diabetes, learn to better manage your diabetes. For those who think they may be at risk, learn the risk factors and how to potentially prevent diabetes.
    National Diabetes Education Program
  • Learn about diabetes, including: treatments, complications, statistics, awareness, prevention, clinical trials, and review additional resources if desired.
    National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
  • Review information on how to manage diabetes from diet and nutrition to medical care. For those who are newly diagnosed, receive a general overview, checklist and common questions to ask. This website is also available in Spanish.
    Joslin Diabetes Center

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