It's no secret the traditional “medicate-and-operate" approach dominating healthcare has contributed to skyrocketing poor health nationwide. Could the solution to a longer, healthier life be as simple as shifting the focus from retroactive to proactive care?
Science says yes, and so does our founder, cardiologist Dr. Robert Todd Hurst. Having spent two decades at Mayo Clinic, he learned firsthand that prescriptions and procedures will only go so far in the long term. In response, he launched HealthspanMD Cardiology as Phoenix’s leading comprehensive, connected heart health clinic.
“Early in my training, I wanted to be an interventional cardiologist because I enjoyed the immediate gratification of ‘fixing’ artery blockages. But that all changed when I learned 90% of heart disease was preventable, and controlling risk factors could give my patients up to 12 additional, healthy years of life. This meant most of the suffering I saw each day could be avoided, which forever transformed my life and career.” -Dr. Hurst
Dr. Hurst initially created a heart health program at Mayo Clinic in which patients not only saw him, but also a dietitian and an exercise physiologist, every visit. Patients loved the approach — but instead of focusing on mitigating key risk factors, the program was still heavily reliant on medications, tests and procedures.
It soon became clear to Dr. Hurst that patients knew what they needed to do to get healthier, but they weren’t quite sure how to do it. Even the most detailed brochure wasn't enough; they needed a dedicated team of experts to encourage small steps every day that led to measurable progress over time.
Knowing medical treatment was only a small part of a patient’s full health picture, Dr. Hurst believed there had to be a better way. So, he created one himself. With a unique focus on proactive heart health and patient-provider connection, he made it his mission to help people reach their wellness and weight loss goals sooner.
Dedicated to ensuring our patients don’t become another statistic, we hone in on heart health to create real and lasting results. We also know that while many chronic conditions are preventable through a healthy lifestyle, the definition of a “healthy lifestyle” is different for everyone. Dr. Hurst challenges the one-size-fits-all approach to cardiology by addressing a wider range of risks on a more personal level.
Most importantly, our patients never have to guess their next steps throughout the wellness journey.
HealthspanMD Care Coordinators provide personalized plans aimed to reverse health issues — rather than one-and-done visits that may or may not treat those issues after they become more severe.
Specializing in comprehensive, connected cardiology with a focus on prevention and wellness, extensive studies show our proven, three-step process can:
To meet those goals, we’ve developed a method that combines one-on-one, personalized care with data-based planning to help you get on track and stay on track with your overall health. Here’s how it works:
Meet with Dr. Hurst for a comprehensive evaluation to assess your risks and get a clear understanding of any factors that could be impacting your long-term wellness.
Your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Hurst will assess:
Dr. Hurst will put together your HealthspanMD Action Plan, which will solidify and strategize the best opportunities to achieve your health, weight and longevity goals.
Your personalized HealthspanMD Action Plan will include:
Dr. Hurst and your dedicated HealthspanMD Care Coordinator will provide you with the exact, daily steps needed to create healthy habits that skyrocket the results you seek.
Your ongoing, connected health plan will include
Dr. Hurst has spent many years looking for the right personal training partner that views fitness through the same lens he does. Forge provides HealthspanMD clients with a highly customized online personal training coaching experience that is fun and truly personalized. Whether you are experienced in the gym, or have never worked out or are in the middle -- Forge will meet you where you are at. They will create specialized workouts for you based on your strengths, weaknesses, and goals.
Locally sourced | Intentional and organic ingredients | Delicious and fresh | Prepared by James Beard Winning Chef Robert McGrath & Chef/Maddox Lane Owner, Amber Wilson.
I am truly excited to recommend the incredible meals from Maddox Lane to our Arizona-based clients who are interested in delicious, Mediterranean-inspired, nutritious, and convenient meal delivery.
As an integrative cardiologist, I know how critically important nutrition is to our health. I also know firsthand the challenges of finding the energy and time, along with having the skill to create healthy and tasty meals at home. With this in mind, I have tried over a dozen meal delivery programs over the years and none have ever come close to the quality and taste of Maddox Lane.
The extensive variety of options is fantastic. I can’t wait to see what the next week’s menu unveils and every meal I’ve had has been nothing short of consistently delicious. If you think amazing tasting food can’t also be good for your health, prepare to be proven wrong!
Many of our clients benefit from removing the stress of meal planning when they are already adjusting to making new lifestyle changes as part of their Healthspan10 goals.
Dr. Hurst closely evaluates the 10 most influential risk factors to help you identify pain points, develop a HealthspanMD Action Plan and avoid the physical, mental and financial burdens of heart disease. This method is known as the Healthspan-10™.
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