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Summers’ Story – How a Doctor’s Compassion Erases Fear

About four years ago, I knew it was time to for me to schedule a physical. I hadn’t been to the doctor in a while, and, to be honest, I wasn’t looking forward my appointment. That is before I meet Dr. Abdelshaheed and his compassionate staff at Family Medicine Healthcare.

Western Branch Family Doctor, Dr. Abdelshaheed, Family Medicine Healthcare

Dr. Abdelshaheed’s caring personality and genuine concern for my health situation have kept me coming back regularly these past four years. I hadn’t been to a doctor in a while, so I had a handful of medical problems and questions I needed addressed. Dr. Abdelsaheed was extremely thorough in my exams and in making certain he was referring me to the best specialists in our local area.

I have bone degeneration in my neck and arthritis in my limbs. Dr. Abdelshaheed has referred me to excellent orthopedic specialists, a spine center, and pain management doctors. Being a mother of a young child, he valued my desire to be active. He made sure I had the help I needed to be up and moving. One day when I was in terrible pain, Dr. A gave me in-office epidural injections in my shoulder. This was when I noticed the unmatched level of compassion in him as a doctor. He was thrilled when the injections started helping my pain.

Like so many other people in Hampton Roads, I suffer from terrible seasonal allergies. If left unmanaged, they make me very sick. Dr. Abdelshaheed continually manages my allergies with great success. He also referred me to an allergy clinic. Dr. A always refers me to the right doctors at just the right time. He has never hesitated to get me the help I need when I need it.

Even through my multiple referrals, Family Medicine Healthcare has regularly kept updated medical records so that they provide the best, comprehensive care in combination with the specialists. This continuity of care is critical to me.

My husband, Neil, is also a patient at Family Medicine Healthcare. Whenever either of us have an appointment with Dr. A, we comment about how excellent of a doctor he is and how we always leave with a smile. Maybe that is because Dr. A’s smile and his sincere love for his patients is contagious!  In all of my many appointments with Dr. Abdelshaheed, he has taken his time listening to my health concerns without fail. I don’t know of any other doctor that actually hears what their patients have to say! It is the most comforting feeling to trust your primary care doctor.

Thanks, Dr. A and the nursing and administrative staff at Family Medicine Healthcare for always going above and beyond! I know my health is in good hands.

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Best Of Contest: Please vote Family Medicine Healthcare Best Doctor/Health Care Provider

We are currently running in the Best Of Hampton Roads Contest, for best Doctor/Health Care Provider, Portsmouth, VA.  We’d love to have your vote.  You can vote for us via their website and via your cell phone using our text code.

Best of Contest Family Medicine Healthcare Best Doctor Porsmouth

To vote online please go to http://hamptonroads.com/bestof.  You will need to register if you have not already.  We are under  the Health/Services Category (Doctor/Health Care Provider)  for Portsmouth, Virginia.

To vote for us via text please dial 21333 and text AYFM.

Contest ends March 24th!

Thank you so much!  We work hard to earn your vote daily.

~Dr. Samir Abdelshaheed & Dr. Veronica Ortiz

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Don’t Let Heart Burn Become a Heart Attack

Thirty to forty percent of the US population suffer from GERD, otherwise know as reflux or heart burn. This, however, is considered a risk factor for heart disease and possibly heart attack.

Around 57 percent of individuals who have heart burn have had a heart attack within five years of being diagnosed with GERD.

Family Medicine Healthcare, Dr. Abdelshaheed, Portsmouth Chesapeake Family Doctor

Individuals who were treated were at much lower risks for heart attacks. Those who continue to be undiagnosed increased their risks of a major heart attack significantly.

What is GERD? Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease is a common digestive problem caused when acid from the stomach flows backwards into the esophagus. The lining of the stomach is made to handle the strong acids that break down food. The esophagus however, gets irritated when strong acid touches it. A muscle usually keeps the stomach acid from flowing back into the esophagus. With GERD, however, the muscle doesn’t close the right way, allowing acid from the stomach to get into the esophagus.

Some of the most common symptoms are too much saliva in the mouth, feeling like a lump in the back of the throat, ongoing cough, sore throat, and hoarse voice.

This condition is treated by avoiding foods that may make symptoms worse, such as acidic foods like tomatoes, citrus, alcohol, chocolate, and caffeinated drinks. Also, by avoiding large meals or eating anything three to four hours before going to bed, as well as not smoking.

Please schedule an appointment with us, 757-488-3333, if your condition evolves to these symptoms: blood in stools, chest pain, choking while eating, pain or difficulty swallowing, weight loss, or vomiting.

We are always here to help you live better, not just get better.

~Dr. Samir Abdelshaheed

 

 

 

 

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