Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine in Laredo, Texas

Physicians who diagnose and medically treat disease and provide primary care for adults are called Internists. These internal medicine doctors handle routine and complicated issues, screen patients at risk for cancers including breast cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer, among other conditions and will refer you to a specialist if it is determined to be necessary.

Our doctors specializes in in chronic disease management. Internal medicine physicians can diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions and illnesses, including short-term and chronic illnesses such as:

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a common condition where the blood flows through the veins or arteries at a higher pressure than normal. Left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to serious health issues, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Kidney failure

A blood pressure reading of 140/90 or higher is considered high, while 180/120 is considered dangerously high and requires immediate attention.

How Can I Lower Blood Pressure?

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Exercising more
  • Quitting smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Managing stress
  • Medication


Diabetes is a metabolism disorder where the body is unable to regulate its blood glucose levels.

In those who have diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body does not respond correctly to insulin and the high glucose levels can damage the organs. Diet in combination with being physically active can limit the effects of diabetes.


A chronic disease where the airways become inflamed and swollen, asthma makes breathing difficult. Symptoms of asthma  include:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD is a progressive disease that makes breathing more difficult. There are two types of COPD: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Symptoms of COPD include:

  • Mucus while coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness

Pneumonia and Influenza

Internists care for many common infections, including pneumonia and the flu.

Pneumonia is an infection of the lung that’s caused by bacteria, a virus or by inhaling a liquid. A chest x-ray can help determine the severity of lung infection. Symptoms of pneumonia may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

Left untreated, Pneumonia can be serious, especially in young children, older adults and people with other health issues.

Influenza, or the flu, is a common respiratory infection caused by a virus. During the flu season the chances of infection is higher. The influenza vaccine can help limit the severity of symptoms caused by the flu. Symptoms are usually worse than the common cold and may include:

  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sore throat

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub to help prevent the spread of germs.

High Cholesterol

A high blood cholesterol level is known as hypercholesterolemia. Symptoms can include:

  • Fatty skin deposits on the hands, knees, shoulders and more
  • Cholesterol deposits in the eyelids
  • Chest pain

Thyroid Issues

Problems with your thyroid can range from small issues to much larger problems, and it is important to seek treatment as early as possible. Internal medicine specialists can diagnose and treat thyroid problems and get you the care you need for the challenge you may face.

Heart Disease

According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Americans. The American Heart Association® estimates that one in five Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease. Internal medicine physicians can:

  • Diagnose heart conditions
  • Treat heart conditions
  • Coordinate with other healthcare professionals as needed

Contact Laredo Physicians Group for Your Internal Medicine Needs

Your family practitioners and primary care physicians do not always specialize in internal medicine. Luckily, at Laredo Physicians Group in Laredo, Texas, our doctors with internal medicine specialties are here to provide excellent patient care and focus on the diagnosis and treatment of whatever condition you may have.

Click here to find a doctor or view our locations in the Laredo, Texas, area. Patients can also download new patient forms in English and Spanish. The patient portal allows new and returning users to access health records electronically.