Hepatitis C is a virus that infects the liver and causes liver inflammation. Overtime, the inflamed liver can become damaged or scarred (called fibrosis) leading to cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer or other liver diseases. Patient with hepatitis C can experience significant fatigue or joint pains for many years. In the past the treatment for hepatitis C required months of injections that caused significant side effects. Today, there are new medications that can effectively treat and cure hepatitis C with one pill a day in as little as 8 to 12 weeks.
Dr. Mehdizadeh is an expert gastroenterologist affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of liver and hepatitis C. If you know or think that you may have hepatitis C, contact Beverly Hills gastroenterologist Dr. Shahab Mehdizadeh for a consultation. If you need hepatitis C treatment, our hepatitis C coordinator will work to authorize the medication for you and will be your health partner until your treatment is completed.
Dr. Shahab Mehdizadeh and his staff provide high-quality and advanced medical care in a personalized and private office setting. Our main goal of treating hepatitis C is to cure the disease.
Facts about Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is the leading cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer
Hepatitis C is the number 1 reason for liver transplantation
Over 3 million people in the U.S. have hepatitis C
Most infected are between 50 and 70 years of age.
About 75% of those infected are not aware of it
It is a silent disease as it slowly damages the liver
There are several hepatitis C types that may be treated differently.
The most common Hepatitis C in the U.S. is genotype 1
Treatment and cure of hepatitis C is now easier than ever
Those born between 1945 and 1965 should get a onetime hepatitis C testing