Melinda Smith, M.D.

Internal Medicine
7 Portland Ave
Nashville, TN 37205
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We employ physician extenders (PAs or NPs)
Handicap accessible
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#Colon #Cancer is the second leading cause of Cancer Deaths in the U.S. There are a number of #Screening tests that your doctor can recommend, depending on your age, as well as your personal and/or family history of colon cancer. #Colonoscopy, the #FIT test to check for blood in stool, and the stool #DNA test are some options available. Early colon cancer detection can dramatically increase the patient's chance of survival.

#Heart #Disease is the #1 Cause of Death in Women (all ages and ethnicities) in the U.S., with 22% of all women deaths yearly being due to it. Visit your #Primary #Care doctor every year and implement #Lifestyle modifications that can help reduce your risk of heart disease: #healthy #diet, adequate #sleep, daily #activity and #exercise, and #Stress #Reduction.
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#Diabetes Type 2 can present with symptoms such as: increased #thirst, frequent #urination, excessive #hunger, and even unexplained #WeightLoss! The #COVID #pandemic has also had an indirect negative impact on our health because our level of exercise has decreased and obesity has increased, both of which can predispose you to #Diabetes. Visit your #PCP and take control of your health again.

Today I want to share important information about #NARCOLEPSY. This is a medical condition characterized by frequent daytime sleepiness or drowsiness. It can lead to serious social and physical consequences for the patient, such as not being able to stay awake in class or falling asleep while driving. If you or a loved one may be suffering for narcolepsy, please visit your Internal Medicine physician for proper evaluation and management. They can prescribe selective stimulants and medications known as SSRIs that can help manage this condition.

This week is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Children can be exposed to Lead in older homes and buildings that were painted with lead-based paint. This is a SERIOUS Health Risk and can lead to low IQ and difficulty concentrating in class. Ask your doctor about lead testing if you suspect this is happening to your family.

Flu Season is Here. You can get your Flu Vaccine from your Primary Care Doctor during your visit.
Children, pregnant women, adults over the age of 65 and those with chronic health conditions (diabetes, COPD, asthma, among others) are at increased risk of complications from the flu.

Heart Disease is the Number 1 Cause of Death for Women in the United States, killing almost 300,000 women in 2017. In order to decrease your risk of Heart Disease, please follow these general recommendations:
* Exercise 30 min daily at least 3 days/week
* Eat a healthy, balanced diet, low in fat and processed foods
* Avoid drinking excess alcohol
* Stop cigarette smoking
* Manage stress by practicing Coping Techniques

Patient Health Coaching can start as early as childhood! When children are involved in their own care and understand the benefits of lifestyle modifications on their health, they can achieve positive, long lasting results in the management of chronic health conditions. These include diabetes, obesity, heart disease, mental illness, and learning disabilities.

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Published: 07/23/2020
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