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Geriatrics Specialist

Gaffar Syed MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practices located in Frederick, MD

About 60% of Americans over the age of 65 have at least two chronic health problems, which require attentive, specialized geriatric care. Gaffar Syed, MD, offers customized geriatrics services from his practice in Frederick, Maryland, to help you stay healthy and maintain an active and fulfilling life. Call Dr. Syed today or schedule a consultation online today if you’re looking for compassionate, personalized geriatric care.

Geriatrics Q & A

What is geriatrics?

Geriatrics is the medical specialty area that focuses on the needs of an aging population. As you age, your risk of many health issues increases. Approximately 85% of older Americans have at least one chronic health problem, and 60% have two or more health issues. As a result, you need a physician who can provide attentive care and coordinate with any other specialists to improve and protect your health and wellness. 

What health problems do older men and women face?

Some of the most common geriatric health conditions include:

  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Asthma
  • Cancer 
  • Osteoporosis
  • Dementia 
  • Depression and anxiety

You also have an increased risk of pneumonia, the flu, and complications from other common illnesses. 

What services are included in geriatrics?

Dr. Syed provides a comprehensive range of health care services for those of advanced age. His goal is to help you stay healthy and active for as long as possible so you can enjoy a high quality of life. 

Preventive health screenings

Your annual wellness visit and preventive health screenings are the foundation of effective geriatric care. These appointments and tests allow Dr. Syed to monitor your health for any changes. He can diagnose new conditions and start treatment early to minimize disruption to your health. Health issues don’t always cause symptoms in their early stages, and preventive screenings are the most effective way to diagnose a disease before it causes problems.  

Chronic disease management

Dr. Syed also offers customized disease management services for common health issues like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease. He monitors your health and provides personalized prescriptions, treatments, and lifestyle advice to improve your health and relieve any disruptive symptoms. 

Medication management

If you have several chronic health conditions, you might take many different prescriptions. Dr. Syed provides medication management to ensure that your medicines don’t interact and either reduce their effectiveness or cause unwanted side effects. He also monitors your symptoms and adjusts your medication as needed to optimize your health. 

Hormone replacement therapy

As you age, your hormones fluctuate and decline, which causes disruptive symptoms that interfere with your health, wellness, and vitality. Dr. Syed offers saliva and blood testing to evaluate your hormonal needs and prescribes compounded topical hormone replacement therapy to improve your health. 

If you’re looking for a compassionate geriatrician who listens and takes your health seriously, call Dr. Syed or make an appointment online today.