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Argyle TX 76226

CHRISTOPHER HUGHES, MD
WILLIAM MUSGRAVE, DO

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By Argyle Family Practice
October 21, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Immunizations  
The important role vaccines play in our daily lives has rarely been as evident as it is today. It's as good a time as ever to verify that you and your children are keeping up with their immunization schedules. To find out if you are, and to learn more, get in contact with your family doctors Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX.
 
The Role of Vaccines
 
A strong immune system can prevent pathogens from invading your body, or track them down and eliminate these invaders when they manage to breach.
 
But even the strongest immune systems will struggle against pathogens they don't know.
 
That's where vaccines come in.
 
Vaccines teach your immune system to recognize pathogens by introducing a harmless version of them into your body. These can be a sugar or a protein that makes up the pathogen, or a dead or weakened virus. This prepares your body for when it's confronted with the real thing.
 
Herd Immunity
 
The often misunderstood term, herd immunity, is achieved when vaccines are so widespread that it nearly eliminates the possibility that someone susceptible will come in contact with a targeted disease.
 
This goal has been achieved with diseases that once were so pervasive and damaging, such as polio, tetanus, and polio, to name a few. Even though they have threatened a resurgence in recent years due to unfounded fears about immunizations.
 
Get Your Immunizations in Argyle, TX
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a recommended vaccination schedule that helps protect you and your children from the most common diseases. It is based on research by the country's top professionals, built around when each immunization will be most effective.
 
Keeping track of these on your own may be difficult, it is why a family physician is key to maintaining the health of all of your loved ones. With all your records in one place, and with doctors who know you and your history, it becomes easier to prevent, diagnose, and treat concerns when they arise.
 
Make an appointment today with Dr. Hughes and Dr. Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, by dialing (940) 226-4850.
By Argyle Family Practice
October 21, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Diabetes  

In 2018, more than 30 million people of all ages suffered from diabetes in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes, a disease in which blood sugar levels are too high, varies in severity from one person to another but is ultimately categorized into two types. At Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave, help patients manage diabetes.

Types of Diabetes

Glucose is a simple sugar we get from the foods we eat. Insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas, enables glucose to enter your cells to give them energy.

In Type I Diabetes, the pancreas does not make insulin. This means there's too much glucose in the blood. People may be prediabetic, which means there's higher than normal sugar in the blood, but not enough to call it diabetes.

In Type II Diabetes, the more common type, your body does not produce or use insulin well. Without insulin, again, there's too much glucose in your blood, and with time, people may suffer from several issues in your heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and gums and teeth.

How Can Your Argyle Doctor Help You Manage Diabetes

The first step in preventative care is to test for diabetes. Your doctor determines if you are diabetic or prediabetic and if you suffer from Type I or Type II Diabetes using blood tests. And other tests, such as the A1C, even check on how you are managing your diabetes.

There are other lifestyle choices that can help you better manage your diabetes: Make sure you exercise for at least 30 minutes/day to control weight. And better than any medicine, although that may be prescribed by your doctor, a healthy meal plan can go a long way in controlling your blood glucose level.

Stick to a healthier lifestyle and:

  • insulin will work better
  • blood sugar levels will decrease
  • increased energy and endurance
  • weight loss
  • increased muscle tone
  • a healthier heart
  • lower blood pressure
  • better sleep at night and stronger bones

Do you need a consultation?

If you'd like to ask Dr. Christopher Hughes or Dr. William Musgrave about diabetes, you can contact their office, Argyle Family Practice, in Argyle, TX, by calling (940) 226-4850 today.

By Argyle Family Practice
October 21, 2020
Category: Medical

High blood pressure, if left untreated, can lead to a number of heart-related medical complications. Complications such as heart failure, heart attack, and stroke, among others. The problem with high blood pressure is that you may not know you have it, and the symptoms associated with it only exhibit themselves once the condition is severe. It's important to treat it early, and to do so it must be diagnosed just as early. Your doctor can test for it, it's why physicals are a key part of monitoring and maintaining your health. So get in contact with Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, to find out more.

Risk Factors

Several factors put you at risk for high blood pressure, and although some are out of your control, like age, sex, and ethnicity, many of them are not.

Harmful health habits like tobacco and consuming too much alcohol have already their own damaging side effects, but they also contribute to your risk of developing high blood pressure. Alcohol and nicotine can raise it, smoking can damage your blood vessels and heart, and carbon monoxide impacts the oxygen levels in your blood.

An otherwise unhealthy lifestyle can similarly impact your high blood pressure risk. An unhealthy diet of processed foods is often too high in sodium, which raises blood pressure, and may also lead to other problems like obesity. Which can over-stress your heart by forcing it to work harder as your body contends with the extra weight.

High Blood Pressure Treatment in Argyle, TX

If you want to prevent it, or already have high blood pressure, you have a similar course of action. The important difference is that if you have it, you will likely need to diligently work to keep it under control for the rest of your life. The good news is, you will not have to do it alone, and with your doctor's help, it's not impossible to manage.

Lifestyle changes lie at the core of treatment and prevention. Steps like abandoning harmful habits, becoming more active, and improving your diet.

Your doctor can prescribe medication to work in tandem with all these changes and keep your blood pressure within your goal. So don't delay in making an appointment, give Dr. Hughes and Dr. Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, a call by dialing (940) 226-4850.

By Argyle Family Practice
August 19, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Heart Disease  

"Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which means "one person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease." At Argyle Family Practice in Argyle TX, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave help patients prevent heart disease.

Types of Heart Diseases

Heart disease refers to issues and deformities in the heart, as opposed to cardiovascular diseases, which are problems with the blood vessels. There are many types of heart diseases:

  • Congenital heart disease: These are deformities present since birth, like septal defects, a hole between the two chambers of the heart.
     
  • Arrhythmia: This is an irregular heartbeat because electrical impulses in the heart aren't properly coordinated. Examples of arrhythmia include tachycardia, when the heart beats too fast, and bradycardia, when the heart beats too slow.
     
  • Coronary artery disease: Damaged coronary arteries, which are responsible for supplying the heart with nutrients and oxygen, reduces oxygen and nutrients.
     
  • Heart failure: This is when the left or right side of the heart does not efficiently pump blood to the whole body. Coronary artery disease or high blood pressure can leave the heart too stiff or weak over time.

Preventing Heart Disease

Birth defects aren't preventable, but there are preventive measures to protect yourself against a pre-existing heart disease spiraling out of control or occurring.

Here's what you can do with the help of your Argyle TX doctor:

  1. Eat a balanced diet: low-fat (stick to mostly unsaturated fats), high-fiber, and fresh fruit and vegetables each day.
  2. Reduce the amount of salt and sugar in your diet.
  3. Regular exercise to strengthen the heart, reduce cholesterol, and maintain healthy blood pressure.
  4. Maintain healthy body weight and quit smoking.

Whom should you contact?

If you want to learn more about heart disease and how to prevent it, contact Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave at Argyle Family Practice in Argyle TX by calling (940) 226-4850 today!

By Argyle Family Practice
August 19, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Arthritis  

About 55 million US adults have never been officially diagnosed with arthritis by a doctor, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice can diagnose and help treat patients in Argyle TX.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis describes hundreds of conditions and diseases that cause joint inflammation and lead to arthritis, which worsens with time. Arthritis causes bone and joint degeneration. It's also considered an autoimmune disease (immune system attacks the body) that causes widespread pain. There are a few different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis

Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis affects any joint, causing:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Inflammation around joints
  • Restricted joint movement
  • Weakness in muscles

How does Argyle Family Practice treat arthritis?

Early detection at our Argyle TX office may prevent chronic health issues, disability, and joint damage.

  1. You need to give your doctor a full medical history so he can determine if arthritis is a possible diagnosis based on family history and/or your symptoms.
  2. Drs. Christopher Hughes or William Musgrave determine the type of arthritis using diagnostic tests, like blood tests and X-rays.
  3. Depending on the severity of your situation, your doctor creates a custom-made plan based on your symptoms, which joint has been affected and the degree of joint damage.

Treating Your Arthritis

There are conservative options available to patients, like:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Disease-specific medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Counterirritants (topical creams)
  • Joint injections (viscosupplementation).

If conservative treatments don't work, you may need surgery. Surgery is minimally invasive for fast recovery. If you want to consult your Argyle TX doctor about surgery, you should know this typically means replacing one or more of your affected joints, like your knee, ankle, shoulder, and hips.

Need to speak with a doctor?

If you would like to learn more about maintaining your health, call Argyle Family Practice, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave in Argyle TX at (940) 226-4850.





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