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By Russak Personalized Medicine
February 28, 2019
Tags: Urgent Care  

Find out when to turn to our Greenwood Village urgent care center for medical attention.

We know that a lot of people put off seeing the doctor; however, there are certain injuries or conditions that warrant seeing a medical Doctorsprofessional right away. When this happens it’s comforting to know that our compassionate medical team and primary care physician Dr. Floyd Russak at our walk-in clinic in Greenwood Village, CO, can provide you with the comprehensive care you or a loved one needs right away.

 

What problems can you treat?

First it’s important to understand whether your health issues can be addressed at our walk-in care center in Greenwood, CO. A good rule of thumb to follow is if your condition isn’t life threatening or critical then you can turn to us for care. Some of the health problems we treat include:

  • Cold and flu
  • Respiratory infections (e.g. bronchitis)
  • Asthma and allergies
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Diabetes
  • Minor injuries (e.g. burns)
  • Vaccines
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Rashes
  • Urinary tract infections

Along with providing thorough walk-in care for your injuries and health problems, we also offer confidential STD testing, pregnancy and drug testing, work and school physical exams, and workers compensation evaluations.

Patients who are planning to travel soon may require certain vaccinations prior to their trip. We can provide you with all the vaccines you need to keep you safe and healthy while traveling abroad. Furthermore, when flu season amps up you’ll want a doctor in Greenwood Village, CO, who can provide you with the proper vaccines you need to stay healthy all year long.

 

Why choose walk-in care?

Going to the ER is expensive, and in many cases people don’t really need to go to their nearest emergency room in order to get proper medical attention. Coming into an urgent care center instead of an ER will not just provide you with immediate treatment and care but also you’ll save yourself money and time. Plus, when a medical emergency rears its ugly head it’s comforting to know that you can come into our clinic anytime without an appointment.

RPM Family Health and Walk-In in Greenwood Village, CO, is dedicated to providing thorough medical care when you need it most. If you or a family member is sick and requires fast medical attention, then it’s time to come into our office.

By Russak Personalized Medicine
September 18, 2018

You and your family need a primary care physician in Greenwood Village, CO, someone who knows you well and can provide--even primary care physiciananticipate--your acute, urgent, and continuing care needs. 

RPM Family Health provides wellness strategies for your best and longest life possible. Dr. Russak and his team coordinate and deliver premier care for patients of all ages.

What your doctor offers
The American Academy of Primary Care Physicians says that primary care physicians, otherwise known as family doctors, provide true medical homes for their patients. Delivering quality, comprehensive care for patients of all ages, RPM Family Health in Greenwood Village concentrates on the needs of the individual, his or her family, and the community at large.

Primary care physicians place a high premium on the doctor-patient relationship, good communication, patient education and an active partnership between medical staff and families so physical, mental, and emotional health thrives.

As a board-certified physician in both holistic medicine and internal medicine, Dr. Russak and his partners manage their practice for optimal access to patients, both in the areas of hands-on treatment and diagnostic testing. Additionally, they are widely available to answer questions about current treatment and acute care needs.

On a continuing basis, your primary care provider:

  • Maintains your medical record, including vaccination, prescription, and surgical records
  • Performs routine physicals and tracks your weight, vital signs, BMI, and more
  • Coordinates care with the best medical specialists as needed
  • Knows your medical, surgical, and medication history well
  • Works as your partner to ward off serious chronic illnesses and to manage them appropriately if they do occur
  • Is available for sick visits (flu, colds, minor injuries)
  • Administers needed immunizations to patients of all ages
  • Writes and refills prescriptions and interfaces with your pharmacy
  • Manages chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, thyroid problems, arthritis, dementia, and more

Be well cared for

Your medical care should not be hit and miss. Be your healthiest with the help of your primary care practice, RPM Family Health in Greenwood Village, CO. When you call us for your routine physical, ask about our Personalized Medicine Program, a great way to affordably access the finest in medical care for the entire family. Please call (303) 856-5989.

By Russak Personalized Medicine
July 18, 2018
Category: Chronic Disease
Tags: Thyroid Problem  

There are a number of conditions that can affect the thyroid gland, which produces the hormones that regulate growth and metabolism. thyroid problemThe American Thyroid Association estimates that roughly one in every eight women will experience some type of thyroid problem in her lifetime (however men can suffer from thyroid problems as well). Floyd Russak, MD, in Greenwood Village, CO, offers unique diagnosis and treatment options for thyroid problems and other health problems like diabetes and heart disease.

Thyroid Problems - Symptoms and Treatment Options in Greenwood Village, CO

Despite the prevalence of thyroid disorders, data suggests that as many as 60% of people with a thyroid problem may not be aware of their condition. Some of the most common thyroid gland disorders include:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Goiter
  • Nodules (benign growth)
  • Thyroiditis
  • Thyroid cancer

Symptoms of a Thyroid Problem

Although the gland is small, an issue with the thyroid can have a significant impact on your health, from energy levels to weight and basic metabolic functions like digestion. The symptoms you experience depend on the specific thyroid problem you are experiencing. The most common signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism are:

  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • High cholesterol
  • Sensitivity to cold

The most common signs of symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Sleep problems
  • Sensitivity
  • Weight loss

Goiters (enlarged thyroid gland) may or may not exhibit symptoms depending on the size:

  • Noticeable swelling of the gland
  • Tightness in the throat
  • Unexplained coughing
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty swallowing and breathing

What Causes Thyroid Problems?

Although thyroid problems are more common in women, other factors like age, family history, autoimmune disease, or hormone imbalances can increase the risk of developing a thyroid condition in the future.

Find a Thyroid Doctor in Greenwood Village, CO

For more information about thyroid health and conditions, contact our office by calling 303-856-5989 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Russak today.

By Russak Personalized Medicine
April 17, 2018
Category: Chronic Disease
Tags: diabetes  

Discover the best ways to keep your blood sugar levels under control.

When you first find out you have diabetes you may feel rather overwhelmed by the news. It might feel like everything has changed and that diabetesyour main focus is now about managing your health. Here at Russak Personalized Medicine in Greenwood Village, CO, our doctor, Dr. Floyd Russak, specializes in treating diabetes and to improve not just your health but also your quality of life.
 
Here are just some of the ways we can help you get your diabetes under control in Greenwood Village:
 
Lifestyle Modifications
It’s important to acknowledge how much a healthy lifestyle can greatly impact your health, especially when you have diabetes. In fact, those with pre-diabetes may even be able to reverse their condition through healthier life choices. Here are some tips for managing your diabetes:

  • Reduce stress, which can have a serious impact on blood sugar levels. Find a hobby or activity that helps reduce your stress, whether it’s yoga, gardening to taking a daily walk through the neighborhood.
  • Having a support system can also improve your mood and quality of life, particularly when you are faced with a chronic illness. Turn to friends, families or support groups to help you find comfort and emotional support.
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet that is rich in lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Avoid sugar, alcohol, sodas, fruit juices, and processed/junk foods. Also, make sure you are getting enough fiber and water in your diet.
  • Staying active can be a great way to reduce excess weight and improve your blood sugar. Talk to our Greenwood Village, CO, physician about safe workout options for you.
  • Quit smoking if you currently smoke or use tobacco products.
  • Perform daily foot inspections to check for blisters, redness, swelling, ulcers, or other issues.
  • We have two supplements that can reduce blood sugar without the need for medication
  • Visit your doctors often for routine and preventive checkups.

Medication
Medication is another effective way to keep blood sugar levels within the normal range, if the above lifestyle modifications are not working. While taking medication you’ll also want to monitor and record your blood sugar levels, monthly if on medicines and daily or weekly, if on insulin. Careful monitoring is the best way to determine if something is wrong.There are several medications used to treat type 2 diabetes. In most cases, these medications work by either increasing how much insulin your body produces or by helping your body use insulin more efficiently while reducing your body’s sensitivity to it.

A new class of medications called SGLT2 inhibitors, cause an average of 10-20 pounds of weight loss and also lower sugar and prevent heart attacks/strokes. These new meds work by making you urinate out more sugar in your urine and have almost no side effects.
 
Another new medicine lowers heart attacks and strokes, causes mild weight loss, and only is taken once a week, but it is an injection.

Russak Personalized Medicine in Greenwood Village, CO, to provide both regular and immediate walk-in care. Whether you are trying to figure out the best approach for managing your diabetes or you are dealing with a sprained ankle, turn to our compassionate, caring medical staff for the care you need when it matters most.

By Russak Personalized Medicine
March 02, 2018
Category: Acute Disease

It is a sad fact that if you are a 60 yo man, and have 9 friends your age, either you or one of your friends will die of a heart attack or stroke cimt plaque testin the next 10 years.  Yes, 10% of all men die of Major Cardiovascular Events in their 60s. Much of this is totally avoidable with proper Preventative Cardiology Care. Those of us who practice preventative cardiology now have several tests that can easily predict (with reasonable accuracy) who is likely to be in this 10%.  Strangely, very few American doctors order these tests, even though they are ready available.  Unfortunately, as physicians we are trained to be more interested in disease, after it happens, rather than preventing it.
 
One of the best tests for predicting risk of cardiovascular events is the Plaque Test or CIMT (Carotid Intimal Medial Thickness).  This test can tell with 85-95% accuracy your exact risk of a stroke or heart attack in the next 10 years.  The CIMT Plaque Test is a simple ultrasound of the neck arteries that takes only 5-15 minutes and is totally safe and painless. It measures the amount of plaque in your brain and heart arteries that have built up over the years and are blocking the flow of blood to those organs. The test, which costs less than $200 and is almost always covered by insurance, will give you a vascular age and tell you the risk of stroke and heart attack associated with that age.  For those whose vascular age is significantly higher than their chronological age, we now find that we can cause very significant plaque regression with a combination of diet, exercise, supplements and medication.  
 
Many of our patients are able to reduce their vascular age by 3-7 years every year, and in our practice, the rate of heart attacks and strokes among our 8000 patients has gone from 40/year to less than 8 patients/year.
 
You may wonder: Why do we build up cholesterol plaque in our brain and heart arteries?  It turns out that cholesterol is needed for the manufacture of the myelin that coats the nerves in our brains and hearts. The body has no central place to store cholesterol, so it stores in the arteries leading to the brain and heart, where it is most needed.  In earlier days, during periods of extreme drought, there would be no sources of cholesterol from our diet and our livers would be too weak to manufacture it. During those periods, we would use up the cholesterol we had stored in the arteries to our brain and heart.  Nowadays, even when we have droughts lasting several years, the supermarkets (and McDonalds!) are still open 24 hours a day, so we never have an occasion to use up that stored cholesterol and by age 60 (or sometime younger) a large amount of it has built up, blocking the flow of blood to the brain and/or heart.  
 
Unfortunately, since only about 30% of our cholesterol comes from our diet (about 70% is made in our livers), it is difficult to lower our cholesterol with diet alone. It takes certain types of diet, exercise, supplements and medication to bring down the LDL cholesterol to where it should be (<70) in many Americans with large amounts of plaque.  
 
 Most preventative cardiologists believe that all men over 40 and women over 50 should have a CIMT Plaque Test (or similar test).  A physician trained in Lipidology or Preventative Cardiology can do the CIMT Plaque Test and find the right combination of diet, exercise, supplements and medication that is right for each individual patient. 
 
Floyd Russak MD
Clinical Faculty, Harvard (ret.) and CU Medical Schools.





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