High Blood Pressure Livingston, NJ

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure affects more than 75 million Americans every year. Having a healthy blood pressure ensures that your body gets the blood it needs to sustain your organs and other tissues. E. Martin Maida, MD, is dedicated to providing men and women at his self-titled practice in Livingston, New Jersey, with expert care so they can regain control over their blood pressure. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

What is high blood pressure?

Imagine if you were driving down the road and the air pressure in your car tires kept increasing. Eventually, they would be at risk of bursting, and your car would pose a severe risk to you, your passengers and the drivers around you. Your veins work similarly.

When the blood inside your veins circulates through your body at too fast a speed, it slams against the artery walls and causes damage to them along the way. This is called high blood pressure, or hypertension.

What causes high blood pressure?

High blood pressure comes as a result of multiple factors, though its exact cause hasn’t been determined yet.

High blood pressure is often caused by a combination of age and genetics. As you age, your arteries start to narrow and stiffen, causing your blood to generate more pressure as it travels throughout your body.

An unhealthy diet can also lead to high blood pressure, especially one that's systematically punctuated by excessive consumption of tobacco and alcohol. This is why men and women suffering from obesity frequently suffer from high blood pressure.

In other cases, high blood pressure can come about as a result of pre-existing health conditions, such as diabetes or high cholesterol. In rare cases, kidney diseases or hormone imbalances can lead to high blood pressure.

Dr. Maida will work with you to understand the causes of your high blood pressure, and he will suggest treatments to meet your needs.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is frequently known as the silent killer, so you might not exhibit symptoms until it’s too late. Generally speaking, common symptoms of high blood pressure can include:

  • Chest pain and severe headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vision problems
  • Bloody urine
  • Shortness of breath
  • Extreme sweating and anxiety

Through rigorous diagnostic testing, Dr. Maida can relieve your symptoms and stabilize your blood pressure to avoid long-term consequences.

How do you treat high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is best treated with preventive care. Dr. Maida will craft a comprehensive lifestyle regimen that will include a healthy diet and exercise plan to keep your blood pressure in check. He might also recommend:

  • Beta-blockers
  • Diuretics
  • Angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors
  • Alpha blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers

To keep your blood pressure in check, book an appointment online or over the phone with E. Martin Maida, MD today.

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Internal Medicine Livingston, NJ

Internal Medicine

Trusting a stranger with your health is not always easy. But knowing that E. Martin Maida, MD, is by your side can make you more comfortable from diagnosis to treatment. Located in Livingston, New Jersey, Dr. Maida has years of experience in getting to know his patients and putting them at ease as partners in their health. If you’re looking for clinical expertise and compassion, contact the office of E. Martin Maida, MD, by calling or requesting an appointment online.

What is internal medicine?

Internal medicine is a specialty that focuses on the medical care of adults through the prevention and management of the disease.

Whether he is helping you prevent diseases, or expertly diagnosing and treating them, Dr. Maida uses his experience for adults’ short-term care or managing chronic conditions.

What kinds of patients seek internal medicine?

If you have a multisystem disease, you should consider internal medicine care with Dr. Maida. Multisystem diseases often require complex treatment and investigation. Internal medicine treats the entire body rather than just one disease and its symptoms.

For example, contact Dr. Maida if you need treatment for any of the following :

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Hypertension
  • Asthma
  • Weight loss
  • Women’s care

Dr. Maida’s holistic approach gives you the individualized care that you both need and appreciate.

When and why should you consider internal medicine?

If your health seems like a puzzle to be solved, Dr. Maida can manage a complex issue in an outpatient setting. He considers your health as a whole and then offers treatment options best suited to your lifestyle.

Instead of visiting many doctors to treat several problems, consider internal medicine with Dr. Maida to deal with not just one disease, but many. If you’re looking for a uniquely individualized approach to your health, internal medicine may be right for you.

How does internal medicine treatment work?

Dr. Maida uses his expertise in internal medicine to prevent and treat adult diseases. He performs a full-body physical exam, and orders blood tests, X-rays, and other tests he may feel are necessary to assess your health. Dr. Maida may also suggest medication in addition to other lifestyle changes.

Whether your issue is simple or complex, Dr. Maida can help you handle your specific situation.

Developing a relationship with your doctor is important at any age. Dr. Maida builds more than a rapport with you when you are his patient. He’s invested in your health and giving you the care you need through all stages of life.

If you’re looking for an expert internal medicine physician, call E. Martin Maida, MD, today or book an appointment online to schedule your visit.

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Skin Tightening Livingston, NJ

Skin Tightening

As you age, your skin naturally loses elastin and collagen. If you suffer from loss of elastin or cellulite, E. Martin Maida, MD, can help you with your skin tightening needs. At his practice in Livingston, New Jersey, he offers TempSure™ Envi, a radiofrequency laser treatment that might be the answer for you. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to get started on your skin tightening treatment today.

What is skin tightening?

Skin tightening is a way to reduce the appearance of fine lines and loose skin. It works by stimulating your collagen and elastin production to improve your skin tone and texture.

At his practice, Dr. Maida uses TempSure Envi, a radiofrequency laser treatment that helps with skin tightening. The heat from the laser causes the cells to work overtime which causes an increase in elastin and collagen, giving you a beautiful glow.

The simple, in-office treatment can help tighten and lift your problem areas as well as reduce the appearance of your cellulite. The treatment includes:

  • Heat penetrating the skin to regenerate collagen
  • Reduction in the appearance of forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and smile lines
  • Reduction of cellulite

After your treatment, people may comment that your skin glows. There are no restrictions to sunlight exposure post-treatment so you can walk out of the office with no downtime.

Is skin tightening with TempSure Envi safe?

The treatment can be performed on any and all skin types and is completed in under an hour. The device uses radiofrequency energy to produce therapeutic temperatures to soothe and give you a spa-like experience, with most people saying it feels like a relaxing hot stone massage.

What happens during skin tightening treatment?

A cool gel is applied before the TempSure Envi device starts. Dr. Maida covers your face or body and then move the device in small circular motions over the targeted areas.

The temperature slowly increases as he moves the device, in which the heat breaks down the cells in the targeted area. This causes the surrounding cells to kick in and work overtime to bring you tighter, brighter skin.

Since the treatment is completed in under an hour, it’s a simple, painless procedure that can be done during your lunch break.

Is skin tightening with TempSure Envi right for me?

TempSure Envi treatments are for adults who want to see an improvement in their skin elastin. With comprehensive knowledge of this advanced laser technology, Dr. Maida can help you decide if you’re a good candidate and create a treatment plan dedicated to your aesthetic goals.

Call the office of E. Martin Maida, MD, or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about skin tightening today.

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Wrinkles Livingston, NJ

Wrinkles

Wrinkles usually occur in the places that see the most sunlight, including your face, neck, and back of hands. At his practice in Livingston, New Jersey, E. Martin Maida, MD, offers TempSure™ Envi, a radiofrequency laser treatment that diminishes wrinkles, giving you a younger, youthful appearance. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to get rid of your wrinkles today.

What are wrinkles?

Wrinkles are slight folds or lines in the skin that can make you look older than you feel. They are usually from sun exposure or routine muscle movements that constantly move the area in the same positions.

Over time, sun exposure or repeated muscle movements, as well as the loss of elastin in your skin causes wrinkles.

Wrinkles can also be hereditary, meaning that if you notice your family members look more wrinkled than others, you may be headed towards a wrinkled future. It can also be from smoking or sudden weight loss.

How do laser treatments get rid of wrinkles?

Dr. Maida offers TempSure Envi treatments that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment is a laser that uses therapeutic heat to penetrate into the skin and damage the lower layers of the skin.

The “damage” causes your cells to work overtime and in turn, causes your body to produce collagen and elastin. This helps diminish your wrinkles and produces a glowing effect, making you look younger and radiant.

TempSure Envi is a comfortable and convenient treatment. The appointment takes 45-60 minutes with no downtime, meaning you could do it during your lunch break.

There is no restriction to sunlight exposure post-treatment so you can resume outdoor activities as well, however, sunscreen is always encouraged, no matter what circumstances.

The treatment is available for all skin types and tones. There are no needles and no surgery, and most people say it feels like a relaxing stone massage. It’s a safe and easy way to reduce the appearance of your wrinkles and look younger.

What types of wrinkles does TempSure Envi work well with?

TempSure Envi is a great choice if you suffer from wrinkles such as:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown lines
  • Smile lines

Dr. Maida works with you to see if your wrinkles can benefit from the treatment. He wants the absolute best for his patients and always wants you to be happy with the results.

Call the office of E. Martin Maida, MD, or schedule an appointment online today to see if TempSure Envi can help reduce the appearance of your wrinkles and give you a beautiful, radiant glow.

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Cellulite Livingston, NJ

Cellulite

Lumpy skin associated with cellulite can take a toll on your self-confidence, but you don’t have to live with dimpled skin. At his practice in Livingston, New Jersey, E. Martin Maida, MD, offers TempSure® Envi to reduce cellulite without surgery, pain, or downtime. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Maida over the phone or online to get started today.

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is a harmless skin condition that causes dimpled, lumpy, flesh on your hips, thighs, buttocks, or abdomen.

While cellulite is sometimes associated with being overweight, you can experience it even if you maintain an ideal weight, exercise regularly, and eat a healthy diet. TempSure Envi treatment with Dr. Maida can give you the smooth skin you desire.

What causes cellulite?

The cause of cellulite isn’t entirely clear. It occurs when connective cords tether skin to underlying muscle. When fat cells push up against your skin and fibrous cords pull down, an uneven skin surface, or dimpling, can result.

What are the risk factors for cellulite?

Anybody can develop cellulite regardless of their body weight and lifestyle, but the following factors increase your risk of experiencing it:

  • Hormone changes
  • Genetics
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Being a woman
  • Aging
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Weight gain
  • Inactivity
  • Pregnancy
  • Puberty

Cellulite tends to run in families so if your parents have it, your risk may increase. Ways to lower your chance of developing cellulite include maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise.

How does TempSure Envi Work?

TempSure Envi uses radiofrequency energy to gently heat tissues and boost collagen production to reduce cellulite without pain, surgery, or downtime. TempSure treatment is safe and effective for all levels of sun exposure and skin types.

What happens during TempSure Envi treatment?

Prior to TempSure Envi treatment Dr. Maida reviews your medical history and completes a physical exam to make sure the procedure is right for you. TempSure Envi can complement just about any beauty maintenance routine.

Dr. Maida uses a handheld device to emit radiofrequency energy to your skin in areas containing cellulite. You might feel the sensation of a hot stone massage during treatment.

The procedure usually lasts about 45-60 minutes, making TempSure Envi an excellent lunchtime treatment.

What should I expect after the procedure?

After TempSure Envi treatment, you might notice some temporary redness or swelling at the treatment site, which soon subsides. There’s no downtime after the procedure so you can resume normal everyday activities right away.

Dr. Maida might recommend a series of TempSure Envi cellulite treatments to give you the best outcome.

Don’t live with unsightly cellulite if it makes you feel less than beautiful. Schedule a consultation at the office of E. Martin Maida, MD, by phone or online today.

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High Cholesterol Livingston, NJ

High Cholesterol

More than 100 million Americans over age 20 suffer from high cholesterol. It dramatically increases your risk of developing heart disease, and it requires regular screenings and treatment to keep it in check. E. Martin Maida, MD, treats men and women with high cholesterol at his self-titled practice in Livingston, New Jersey, with the aim of preventing severe complications from arising. To get control of your high cholesterol, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

What is high cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a substance that your body needs to create cells, protect nerves, and produce hormones. However, if there’s too much of it in your bloodstream, you run the risk of narrowing your arteries, resulting in less oxygen-rich blood flowing to your heart and brain. This increases your chances of suffering from a heart attack or stroke.

How do you diagnose high cholesterol?

The dangerous part about high cholesterol is that it doesn’t exhibit any apparent symptoms. That’s why cholesterol screenings are vital to avoid health complications.

To diagnose high cholesterol, Dr. Maida orders blood tests to check your levels and to determine whether treatment is necessary to stabilize them.

Dr. Maida screens for two main types of cholesterol:

  • High-density lipoprotein, which is healthy cholesterol
  • Low-density lipoprotein, which is dangerous cholesterol

How much of each type of cholesterol you have will help Dr. Maida determine if your overall cholesterol levels are healthy and whether you’re at risk of developing heart disease.

What causes high cholesterol?

High cholesterol is caused by a combination of genetics, diet, and lifestyle. In most cases, a family history of high cholesterol can significantly increase your chances of suffering from it.

You might also have high cholesterol if you have an inactive lifestyle, smoke regularly, are overweight, or have an unhealthy diet.

How do you treat high cholesterol?

Since the cause of high cholesterol varies from person to person, it’s essential that you work with Dr. Maida to develop an individualized treatment plan. In some cases, Dr. Maida may recommend cholesterol-lowering medication in addition to lifestyle changes.

If your cholesterol levels are above average but not yet dangerous, Dr. Maida may ask you to:

  • Eat more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and other fiber-rich foods.
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit or avoid alcohol consumption
  • Work out regularly
  • Lose excess weight

In many cases, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can sufficiently protect you from high cholesterol levels. In other cases, Dr. Maida may recommend a combination of medication and lifestyle changes.

If you want to get control of your blood pressure, book an appointment online or over the phone with E. Martin Maida, MD today.

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CoolSculpting Livingston, NJ

CoolSculpting

Getting rid of the stubborn fat that resists diet and exercise can often feel hopeless. E. Martin Maida, MD, offers CoolSculpting®, a state-of-the-art body-contouring treatment for men and women at his self-titled practice in Livingston, New Jersey. To learn more about this amazingly successful fat-freezing treatment, call Dr. Maida or book a consultation online today.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting® is a leading non-surgical body-contouring treatment that eliminates fat without the need for scars or downtime to recover. It’s an FDA-approved treatment that safely freezes unwanted fat cells and expels them to sculpt your body into its ideal shape.

Dr. Maida works closely with you to address what your concerns and beauty goals are and develops a customized CoolSculpting plan.

How does CoolSculpting work?

When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s normal for fat to linger even after you’ve reached your target weight. Weight loss and exercise shrink your fat cells, but they remain in your body.

CoolSculpting gets rid of the lingering fat without damaging your skin or any of the surrounding tissue. CoolSculpting flash-freezes lingering fat cells, and your immune system then flushes them out.

If you have a large number of pounds to lose before you reach your target weight, Dr. Maida recommends that you lose the bulk of your weight before seeking sculpting treatment.

What areas can CoolSculpting treat?

Dr. Maida uses CoolSculpting to reduce fat in the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Love handles
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Back
  • Upper arms
  • Submental fat, also called the double chin

How does a CoolSculpting procedure work?

Dr. Maida first starts by evaluating your body type and comparing it to your aesthetic goals. If he determines that you’re a good candidate for CoolSculpting, he’ll work with you to craft an individualized treatment plan.

A CoolSculpting session can last anywhere from 35 to 60 minutes, depending on the area you’re targeting. Dr. Maida places an applicator onto the treatment area, which instantly starts to cool down the area. You might experience a chill initially as the applicator touches your skin.

The best part about CoolSculpting is that it doesn’t require recovery time, so if you book your appointment with Dr. Maida in the middle of your work day, you can go right back to work.

You can expect results as quickly as three weeks after the procedure. It can take up to six months for you to notice the full effect, because your immune system needs time to flush out the fat cells.

Book an appointment online or over the phone with E. Martin Maida, MD today to see if CoolSculpting is right for you.

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EKG Livingston, NJ

EKG

Cardiovascular diseases affect close to 85 million Americans every year. In many cases, patients don’t exhibit any symptoms until it’s too late. E. Martin Maida, MD, provides expert diagnostic care to men and women at his self-titled practice in Livingston, New Jersey, to flag dangerous symptoms. With an electrocardiogram, Dr. Maida can effectively monitor your heart and track any abnormalities. Call or go online today to book an appointment and stay on top of your heart health.

What is an EKG?

An EKG, also known as an electrocardiogram, is a test that measures your heart’s activity.

Dr. Maida recommends taking an EKG if you have a family history of heart disease or if you’ve exhibited symptoms, such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Irregular heartbeat

An EKG can detect a handful of diseases, though the most common one it tests for is coronary heart disease, a condition in which blood vessels to the heart are partially blocked.

What happens during an EKG?

An EKG is a painless, quick, and risk-free test that measures the electrical activity of your heart. The entire test typically doesn’t take more than 10 minutes.

During the test, Dr. Maida attaches 12 electrode patches to your chest, arms, and legs to record images of your heart at different angles. The images capture the ways in which your blood moves throughout your body. The images are immediately available for review.

If you’re suffering from a cardiovascular condition, the EKG will flag it. It can also identify any other abnormalities, including:

  • Fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • High or low electrolyte levels
  • Signs of a past heart attack
  • Heart enlargement due to hypertension
  • An abnormal thickness of the heart
  • Abnormal structure of the heart

It’s important to speak with Dr. Maida if you think you might be suffering from a heart condition. The earlier he can run the test and offer treatment, the better the chance you have of preventing a severe heart-related issue.

What if an EKG result comes back as abnormal?

An abnormal EKG result can have many meanings, though they often will fall within the realm of normalcy. In some cases, your results might show an abnormality if your heart’s rhythm exhibits a variation that doesn’t affect your health.

In other cases, an abnormal EKG result can show signs of a medical emergency, such as a heart attack or a dangerous arrhythmia.

How should you prepare for an EKG?

You should eat and drink normally on the day of your test. Since Dr. Maida places sticky electrodes on your skin, you’ll want to avoid using oily moisturizers or anything that might hinder the electrodes from sticking. It will also be important to inform Dr. Maida about any medication you might be using, as some might interfere with the test.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy Livingston, NJ

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Women going through menopause can go through hormonal changes that leave them feeling like a different person. If this describes you, hormone replacement therapy can help you feel normal again. E. Martin Maida, MD, helps countless patients supplement the hormones they’ve lost at his self-titled practice in Livingston, New Jersey. To learn more about what hormone replacement therapy can do you for, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is commonly used to help women going through menopause.

Menopause occurs when women, generally between the ages of 45 and 55, start to produce fewer reproductive hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone.

Before you’ve reached a total menopausal state, you'll go through perimenopause, a process during which you stop menstruating. Perimenopause typically ends when you’ve stopped menstruating for at least 12 months.

Hormone replacement therapy replenishes the stock of hormones, that if left at insufficient levels, can significantly affect your emotional and physical well-being. HRT can also increase your vitality, sexual pleasure, and give you a boost of energy you otherwise wouldn’t have.

Dr. Maida provides HRT as a cream, gel, pellet, patch, or pill. A consultation with Dr. Maida will help him determine which form is best suited for your needs.

What are the benefits of HRT?

Women going through menopause can benefit from HRT, because it can relieve:

  • Night sweats
  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginal itching or dryness
  • Hot flashes

As your body responds to the hormone treatment, Dr. Maida will monitor its effect on you and adjust your plan accordingly. He’ll start off with a low dose and ask that you come in every three months to track your therapy’s progress.

Are you a good candidate for HRT?

Only you can decide whether HRT is right or you. Dr. Maida can guide you, but, in the end, only you can determine if you want the treatment.

There are some things to keep in mind during your decision-making process, including:

  • Overall health
  • Pregnancy status
  • Menopausal status
  • Risk of ovarian failure
  • Bone loss

Dr. Maida doesn’t recommend HRT if you’ve been diagnosed with heart or liver disease, osteoporosis, or if you have a high chance of developing blood clots.

Menopause doesn’t have to be the end of everything. Dr. Maida can guide you through this next phase of life and make sure you lead one that’s full of passion and good health. Book an appointment online or over the phone with E. Martin Maida, MD today to learn more.

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Immunizations Livingston, NJ

Immunizations

Immunizations are the most efficient shields against diseases. E. Martin Maida, MD, screens men and women at his self-titled practice in Livingston, New Jersey, to make sure his patients are up-to-date with all required immunizations. He can also recommend other vaccines if he considers them beneficial. Book an appointment online or over the phone to learn about immunizations you might need.

What are immunizations?

Immunizations are commonly referred to as vaccines. They’re preventive health treatments that prepare your body to fight against certain illnesses.

During an immunization session, Dr. Maida introduces a small and diluted amount of a virus to your body, usually in the form of a shot. In response, your body’s immune system builds up antibodies to fight it off.

The antibodies your body creates remain in your body, so that if you’re ever exposed to the disease you’ve been vaccinated against, your body will be able to fight it off without making you sick.

Why are immunizations important?

Immunizations are the most effective way of avoiding dangerous diseases. Some disorders carry with them the risk of infertility, paralysis, and premature death.

Vaccines have in large part removed the risks of widespread illness and systemic hospitalizations. Today, many doctors don’t have to treat patients for certain diseases, such as measles, because of the widespread use of vaccines.

Staying up-to-date with immunizations is the responsible thing to do, not just to protect yourself and those in your household, but to protect members of your entire community.

For example, some people can’t get certain vaccines because of allergies they may have to them. A vaccinated community ensures that diseases don’t appear and infect those unable to get proper vaccinations.

What immunizations should children have?

Until the age of the 18, children should get the following immunizations:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Rotavirus
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Acellular pertussis
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Varicella
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide and conjugate
  • Flu
  • HPV

This list is published by the Centers for Disease Control every year to encourage people to get immunized.

What immunizations do you need as an adult?

Adults require different kinds of immunizations, and, most often, the immunizations adults need depend on their lifestyle, travel habits, and careers.

As an adult, you’ll need boosters of the vaccines you received as a child to make sure the immunization is still active in your body. Dr. Maida recommends, for example, that you get a tetanus shot every 10 years. The most available vaccine is the flu shot, which you should get yearly.

During your consultation with Dr. Maida, he can screen for the levels of antibodies present in you and recommend boosters.

Book an appointment online or over the phone today with E. Martin Maida, MD and make sure you’re fully protected from dangerous diseases.

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DNA Testing Livingston, NJ

DNA Testing

There are many diseases that standard exams can’t identify. DNA testing can find numerous potential health threats lurking in the shadows. E. Martin Maida, MD, offers men and women at his self-titled practice in Livingston, New Jersey, cutting-edge DNA testing to diagnose these threats. Call or go online today to learn more about what DNA testing can do for you and your family.

What is a DNA test?

Your DNA is the genetic chemical database that determines your body’s functions. Genetic testing examines your DNA to identify any abnormalities in your genes that can cause illness and disease in the short term or down the line.

Test results that point to a potential issue won’t necessarily mean you’ll develop a disease, and a negative DNA test won’t guarantee you won’t, but the test will give you a heads-up for potential problems.

What is a DNA test used for?

There are a number of DNA tests Dr. Maida might recommend, including:

Diagnostic testing

Diagnostic DNA tests are instrumental in identifying the potential causes of symptoms you might be experiencing. In some cases, these symptoms could be caused by mutated genes, as is the case for Huntington’s disease or cystic fibrosis.

Pharmacogenetics

A DNA test of this type can help determine which medication and dosage will be the most beneficial to you in treating a specific health condition or disease.

Presymptomatic testing

Presymptomatic testing comes in handy when you have a known family history of a specific disease. Dr. Maida will suggest this kind of DNA test to determine whether you’re at risk of developing the disease.

Carrier testing

If you’re thinking about having a child and know that you have a family history of a genetic disorder, a carrier DNA test can identify whether you or your partner carry the gene.

Prenatal testing

Pregnant women can elect to take a prenatal DNA test to detect abnormalities in the baby’s genes. This can screen for Down syndrome or trisomy 18.

Preimplantation testing

Dr. Maida recommends preimplantation testing if you and your partner are conceiving a child in vitro. This test screens for genetic abnormalities in the embryo before it is implanted in the uterus.

What is a stool DNA test?

A stool DNA test is a genetic test that monitors changes in the cells of your stool. In most cases, Dr. Maida recommends a stool DNA test to screen for colon cancer or colon polyps. The test can also determine whether your stool contains blood, which might be an early sign of cancer.

If you want to look for any potential hidden health issues, call or go online to book an appointment with E. Martin Maida, MD today.

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Arthritis Livingston, NJ

Arthritis

Joint stiffness can make getting out of bed a real pain, and it often comes as a result of arthritis. In fact, 54 million Americans have arthritis. E. Martin Maida, MD, assists arthritis sufferers at his self-titled practice in Livingston, New Jersey. Through comprehensive care and expert treatment. Dr. Maida can help you manage your symptoms efficiently. Call or book an appointment online today.

What are the different types of arthritis?

While there are multiple types of arthritis, two are the most common in men and women of all ages. They are:

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis happens when your immune system attacks its own healthy tissues, consequently damaging the bones and joints in your:

  • Feet and ankles
  • Fingers and thumbs
  • Elbows and wrists
  • Knees
  • Shoulders

Osteoarthritis

This type of arthritis occurs when the cartilage at the end of your bones starts to wear away. When that happens, bones begin to rub against each other. Osteoarthritis is typically found in older adults, though injuries and being overweight can lead to getting osteoarthritis at a younger age.

Gout

Another common type of arthritis is called gout. With gout, joints are inflamed because too much uric acid crystallizes and is deposited in them.

Who is more likely to develop arthritis?

In most cases, you’re more likely to develop arthritis if there’s a history of it in your family. Arthritis can also come about as you age since your joints deteriorate the older you get. However, you can be any age and increase your chances of getting arthritis if you are overweight or have a joint injury.

Dr. Maida recommends that you stay clear of foods high in refined sugar. These foods can quickly cause inflammation in your joints. Staying on top of your diet and nutrition can significantly decrease your chances of developing arthritis.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis have many symptoms in the joints that are the same. They include:

  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Trouble moving
  • Pain

What treatments are available for arthritis?

Dr. Maida will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that targets the type of arthritis you have.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is not easy to treat. In fact, it can take time to find the right combination of treatments. Dr. Maida might recommend:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Steroids
  • Antirheumatic medicine
  • Antibodies and vaccines
  • Chiropractic care

Osteoarthritis

To treat osteoarthritis, Dr. Maida may suggest anti-inflammatory medications as well as a nutrition plan that’ll help you lose weight to relieve the pressure on your joints.

Gout

If you’re suffering from gout, Dr. Maida will formulate a diet plan to make sure it includes complex carbs, plenty of vitamins and low-fat animal products to decrease your uric acid levels and prevent future outbreaks.

Arthritis doesn’t have to rule your life. Book an appointment online or over the phone with E. Martin Maida, MD and get your mobility back.

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