Adult Medicine Specialist

Wissam M. Shaya, MD -  - Board Certified Family Medicine

Smart Choice Medical

Wissam M. Shaya, MD

Board Certified Family Medicine & Laser Specialist located in Jacksonville, FL

Your health care needs don’t stop evolving when you become an adult — they change as you age. At Smart Choice Medical in Jacksonville, Florida, board-certified family physician Wissam Shaya, MD, provides a full scope of adult medicine services, ranging from annual wellness exams and routine health screenings to chronic disease management and prevention. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Adult Medicine Q & A

What is adult medicine?

Much like primary care medicine, adult medicine covers routine preventive care, general care for acute medical problems, and specialized care for the prevention or management of chronic disease.   

For men and women alike, routine physicals and health screenings, along with ongoing health education and personalized lifestyle recommendations, form the cornerstone of high-quality adult medicine. 

Why is an annual well-woman exam important?

The annual well-woman exam covers many important aspects of female health, including:

General health

Depending on your age, health history, and any current medical issues, your well-woman exam may include screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes, and osteoporosis, among other things.

Cancer screenings

Many women undergo routine screenings for breast and cervical cancer during well-woman exams; depending on your age, Dr. Shaya may also recommend you have a colon cancer screening.

Vaccinations

If you need your annual flu shot or any other type of vaccination, you may be able to receive it at your yearly exam. 

What specific health problems do men face? 

Like women, men can increase their awareness of the health risks they face as they age by scheduling an annual physical. Although your personal and family medical history and lifestyle are largely what determine your current health status and future disease risk, common threats to men’s health include: 

  • Heart disease
  • Colon and prostate cancers 
  • Unintentional injuries
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Heart attack and stroke

Because many of the health problems that affect men are either preventable or highly treatable in early stages, routine physicals, screenings, and healthy lifestyle choices are all the more critical. 

What is chronic disease management? 

Serious chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, kidney disease, lung disease, and obesity, affect adults of all ages, but they’re especially common among older adults. 

Half of older adults in the United States have at least one chronic condition, and 2 in 3 have multiple chronic diseases. Because it’s not unusual for people with serious or multiple chronic illnesses to find themselves focusing on little more than symptom relief, chronic disease management aims to simplify your day-to-day care and provide more personalized support. 

Besides providing a flexible and fully individualized care plan that takes every aspect of your health into account, chronic disease management also gives you the knowledge, skills, and tools you need to make the kind of lifestyle changes that can help you: 

  • Stop or delay health deterioration
  • Improve physical function
  • Keep symptoms under control

To learn more about the adult medicine services at Smart Choice Medical, call the office or use the easy online tool to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shaya today.