Why Cardiovascular Screening Is Important According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The CDC website goes on to note: "About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that's 1 in every 4 deaths."
Editor's Note: Our CMO, Kristin P. Richardson, opens up and gets real about her experience with a PartnerMD Advanced Physical. We are grateful for her candor about the impact of the results and in sharing details about her personal health and wellness. I’m about to enter my “mid-forties” and I’ve really never been to the doctor in my adult life. Sure I’ve tried an urgent care here and there when I couldn’t get a cough to go away. A midwife delivered my two babies. A nurse practitioner used to do a gynecology exam, but I was always horrible about going every year. So now I wake up middle-aged, with two small kids, a husband and a full-time job outside the home. Sure, I can stand to lose the last 10 pounds of baby weight, but isn’t that almost every mom out there? And sure, I could have stood to lose another 10 pounds even before the babies, but again, isn’t that almost everyone out there? I figured I was pretty healthy if I was rarely sick, could run 10ks, and ate vegan most days.
Simply put, preventative care is the process of taking small steps to either avoid health issues and chronic illness or manage these issues in an effective and low-intervention way. There are many things you can do to incorporate preventative health into your lifestyle, such as eating a nutritious diet and getting a proper amount of exercise. But how do you navigate unique health challenges that might be keeping you from achieving your best health?
We sat down with Mitch Haddon, President and CEO of ColonialWebb Contactors, to discuss his experience with the Executive Health program.
As traditional primary care practices become more crowded, patients are finding it increasingly difficult to spend quality time with their doctors. Annual physicals have become shorter and less robust, making it challenging to have a detailed conversation about your health. So, what do you do when you know you need a more thorough approach to your care?
When physicians meet with patients who are deciding whether or not to schedule an executive physical, one of the most common questions they face is: “What is the day of the exam like?” It’s important to understand that physicals for executive health can differ in terms of intensity depending on the tests and screenings you may elect to have. However, all executive physicals will have certain common ingredients you can be aware of.
Caught between the demands of a busy business and a bustling personal life, executives often have difficulty prioritizing their health until minor bothers become major problems. For the modern executive, preventative health care is an important factor in being able to balance their busy schedules with their health and get ahead of problems to avoid long-term health costs.