What Is Internal Medicine?
Internal medicine is the area of medical care that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Doctors who specialize in internal medicine are known as internists. These physicians are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions that affect the respiratory, vascular, and digestive systems. While some patients might see their internist just once a year for a check-up, patients with chronic conditions such as asthma or arthritis might have more frequent monitoring appointments. Internists treat a wide range of conditions, including hypertension, pneumonia, and high cholesterol.
The primary care providers at Bergen Medical Associates care for patients both when they are healthy and sick. Preventative medicine services include complete physical examinations and appropriate health care screenings. For acute issues and chronic conditions, an internist can coordinate diagnostic services and treatment plans, working directly with specialists to ensure a patient’s needs are met.
Diagnosis and Treatment
As a Patient-Centered Medical Home, Bergen Medical Associates takes a comprehensive approach to care. Instead of referring patients out for testing, many routine diagnostic tests can be completed onsite. For patient convenience, most routine and diagnostic tests can be performed at the offices by internists and other specialists, including:
24-Hour Heart Monitoring
Patients can receive round-the-clock blood pressure and heart rhythm monitoring. A temporary monitor will record the heart’s electrical activity for a 24- to 72-hour period. This information can help diagnose conditions such as arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, or other heart episodes.
Bergen Medical Associates’ onsite services include convenient phlebotomy testing for routine lab work, disease-specific screenings, and genetic testing. Blood testing can aid in the diagnosis of different medical issues and help doctors determine how well a treatment plan is working to reduce symptoms of a condition.
This test uses electrodes to monitor heart rhythm and related activity and takes just a few minutes to complete. The diagnostic procedure involves placing electrodes on areas of the body connected to the heart to observe electrical signals. Bergen Medical Associates performs EKGs onsite to check for signs of heart disease or underlying issues. Patients can access EKG services at all offices.
Unlike X-rays, ultrasounds do not use any radiation to generate images. Instead, they utilize sound waves to create images of different body structures. Patients can schedule onsite ultrasound appointments for routine imaging tests. Ultrasounds are used to monitor pregnancy but can also serve as diagnostic tests for checking the heart, gallbladder, kidneys, and thyroid. Ultrasound is only available at the Emerson, Montvale, and Paramus locations.
Internal Medicine Providers
The primary care physicians at Bergen Medical Associates help manage and coordinate every aspect of a patient’s healthcare needs, from appropriate screening tests to specialty care. Bergen Medical Associates’ electronic health records system digitally links a patient’s primary care physician with any specialist within the practice. Providers can safely share health information from any location, working together to provide responsive and coordinated care.
The internal medicine practitioners at Bergen Medical Associates include:
- Alan Briker, M.D.
- Veena Desai, M.D.
- Anne Marie Finneran, APN
- Susan Amy Flanzman, M.D.
- Kedar Gokhale, M.D.
- Allen Griggs, D.O.
- Sanchita Gupta, M.D.
- Jaclyn Heuer, RN, MSN, APN
- Eui Kim, APN
- Vivian Lan, M.D.
- Francis McGorty, M.D.
- Neeta Motiwala, M.D.
- Kathleen Staunton, APN
- Sabrina Tempesta, D.O.
Schedule an Appointment With Bergen Medical Associates Today
Patients can receive expert care from a primary care physician at Bergen Medical Associates. With multiple office locations, Bergen Medical Associates’ internal medicine team serves adult patients throughout New Jersey. The practice also holds affiliations with several area hospitals, including Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Pascack Valley Medical Center, and Valley Health System. For more information, contact us today.