Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine Primary Care Services for Adults

Internists are physicians who provide primary care for adults. As we age, there’s an array of issues that commonly present themselves. An internal medicine physician is able to diagnose and treat a range of conditions, from the common cold to physical and mental health treatment.

If needed, internal medicine physicians are able to refer patients to specialists to supplement their care. Internists are also able to offer or recommend screenings and tests as a form of disease prevention. Our bodies are always changing, so it’s never a bad idea to take proactive health care measures. If you’re ready to take your health into your own hands, visit St. Mary’s Physician Associates’ general internal medicine clinic. 

What Our Internal Medicine Physicians Treat 

Internal medicine physicians are able to provide patient care for the following health conditions and more:


Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs, causing swollen airways and breathlessness. Patients typically experience wheezing, chest tightness and lots of coughing. Although there is no cure for asthma, it’s often treated with medications and supportive therapy. 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) actually refers to a range of lung diseases that cause breathing issues. COPD can cause severe damage to the lungs if left untreated, and it cannot be reversed. Common telltale symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, fatigue and constant coughing. Treatment varies on the condition, but may involve medication, supportive therapy and forms of recommended self-care or lifestyle changes.

Pneumonia and Influenza

Like COPD or asthma, pneumonia affects the lungs and airways. However, pneumonia is an infection, not a chronic disease, meaning it can be cured. In cases of pneumonia, the infection inflames air sacs in the lungs, causing them to be susceptible to fluid or pus formation. It’s common to experience coughing and the expulsion of phlegm, the chills, fever and difficulty breathing. Patients with pneumonia have also noticed chest pain or tightness along with fatigue. Pneumonia can be treated with antibiotics and close monitoring.

Influenza (the flu), is a viral infection that affects the respiratory system, which is why it’s common to experience a runny nose, sore throat and cough. As for the rest of the body, chills, fever, achy muscles and head congestion are often present during the flu. Over-the-counter medications and self-care is recommended, but if your flu appears to worsen, speak to your internal medicine doctor immediately to discuss other options. 

To prevent both pneumonia and influenza, regularly wash your hands with soap and water after touching high-traffic surfaces or areas that may be exposed to germs. If you’re experiencing symptoms of either pneumonia or the flu, visit your internal medicine care clinic.


Diabetes is caused by the body being unable to regulate blood glucose. If the body isn’t able to produce enough insulin, or any at all, blood sugar levels may begin to fluctuate drastically, causing them to be too high or too low.  Whatever the case, glucose doesn’t get into the body’s cells and blood glucose levels in the blood become elevated. Uncontrolled high blood sugar levels can damage many organs of the body.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension, occurs when blood flows at a higher pressure than normal. High blood pressure can be caused by a number of factors, but is commonly worsened by certain lifestyle habits. Blood pressure measured at 140/90 is considered high, and anything around 180/20 is very high and requires immediate medical attention.

If high blood pressure is left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems like heart failure, heart attack, kidney failure and stroke.

Lifestyle changes, like eating healthier or exercising more may help. Treatment may require medication alongside making smarter choices for your health.

Heart Disease

Heart disease refers to a group of diseases affecting the cardiovascular system. Some examples are coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and arrhythmia. Most heart conditions present themselves in a similar way; shortness of breath, fatigue and weakness, swelling of the extremities, irregular heartbeat and/or chest pain. 

It’s important to talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing any of the common symptoms. Depending on the diagnosis, treatment plans may involve medication, surgical procedures or making lifestyle changes. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend taking steps towards your physical health, whether you have heart disease or not. Introducing a healthy diet and more exercise can help reduce the risk of heart disease and many other conditions. 

We’re Committed to Your Care

St. Mary’s internists prioritize your general health and ensure proper diagnostic care and treatment. Check insurances accepted at St. Mary’s Physician Associates, what items to bring with you the day of appointment and new patient forms.