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Healthcare the Way It’s Supposed to Be

Early in my cardiology training, I wanted to be an interventional cardiologist. I enjoyed the cath lab and the immediate gratification of “fixing” artery blockages.

But that all changed when I read research(opens in a new tab) showing more than 90% of heart disease and strokes were preventable. And that by controlling the risk factors for heart disease, people could live an additional 12 or more years(opens in a new tab).

I was stunned! This meant most of the suffering and early death I saw every day as a cardiologist was preventable. My life and career were changed.

Dr Robert Todd Hurst

I knew I had found my purpose.

When I joined Mayo Clinic – Arizona as a consultant, I founded the Heart Health and Performance Program. This was a unique program – every patient not only saw me, but they also saw a dietitian and an exercise physiologist. Patients LOVED the program. But there was a problem.

Most weren’t getting healthier.

These patients were getting the right information about nutrition and physical activity. They were getting cutting-edge medications, tests, and procedures. They knew WHAT to do. And they weren’t getting healthier.  What I learned was they needed more than WHAT to do.

They needed to know HOW to do it. 

I’ve spent the last 15 years learning how to give my patients WHAT they need to do and HOW to achieve their health, weight, and longevity goals.

The result is HealthspanMD™

HealthspanMD™ is a personalized, comprehensive, and connected model of healthcare that partners my patients with my team and me to help them avoid a life of chronic illness that ends too soon.

Today, the biggest problem in healthcare is chronic diseases like high blood pressure, unhealthy weight, prediabetes, and diabetes – what doctors call cardiometabolic disease. These diseases affect more than half of us and are the primary drivers for the leading causes of death – heart disease, stroke, cancer, and dementia. 

HealthspanMD™ exists to provide healthcare the way it’s supposed to be so our patients can feel younger and live the lives they are meant to have.

If you want to minimize your medications, time spent in doctor’s offices and hospitals, and get the best chance to get free from a shortened life burdened by chronic illness and disease, you’re in the right place.

Schedule an appointment to learn more about how you can partner with us to achieve your health, weight, and longevity goals.

- Robert Todd Hurst, MD

HealthspanMD™ - Our Method

HealthspanMD™specializes in providing the comprehensive, personalized, and connected care science tells us can:

  • Reduce heart attack, stroke, and heart failure by up to 90%
  • Reduce cancer by 50%
  • Reduce dementia by 40%
  • Add 12-14 healthy years of life

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:

Step 1

Understand WHERE You Are and Your Goals

Meet with Dr. Hurst for a comprehensive evaluation – and get a clear understanding of WHERE you are now and where you want to go.


Your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Hurst will assess:

  • Your health, weight, and longevity goals
  • Your habits and choices that impact your health, weight, and longevity
  • Your risk for heart disease, cancer, stroke, dementia, diabetes, metabolic disease, and a shortened life
  • Your current medications and supplements
  • Your laboratory, imaging, and other medical testing data that can include body composition and fitness data
  • One Fit-3D scan per year (additional scans $35 per scan)

Step 2

Create Your Personalized Action Plan

Dr. Hurst will put together your Healthspan Action Plan that will give you WHAT your best opportunities are to achieve your health, weight, and longevity goals.


Your Healthspan Action Plan includes:

  • A personalized and comprehensive approach to optimizing your blood pressure, weight (body composition), blood sugar, and cholesterol levels.
  • A detailed plan on how nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress management, avoiding toxins, and staying connected can help you achieve your health, weight, and longevity goals.
  • Recommendations and prescriptions for medication and supplements to optimize your health.
  • Referrals to experts when appropriate.

Step 3

Get Results

Partner with Dr. Hurst and your dedicated health coach and team to know the EXACT daily steps needed to create your systems that lead to the habits and choices that skyrocket your results.


You’ll receive ongoing, connected care through our Healthspan Coaching System that includes:

  • An initial virtual (video or phone) consult with your Healthspan coach to review your goals outlined with Dr. Hurst and create your personalized Healthspan System.
  • Regular check-ins and virtual visits with your Healthspan coach to review your progress, answer your questions, and adjust your Healthspan plan to create the systems that best fit your goals.
  • A free weight scale that connects to the cell network. No technology needed – just insert batteries and weigh yourself and the information is shared with your Healthspan team.
  • Unlimited messaging access to Dr. Hurst, your personal health coach, and your team.
  •  Access to the Healthspan app that provides easy, daily tracking of your progress (in less than 60 seconds) and is shared with your Healthspan team.

Our Partners


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.


  • Meet one-on-one via video chat with a Forge Personal Trainer for 6 half-hour sessions over 90-day period. Coaching sessions are every other week.
  • Have convenient and direct access to your coach through the in-app messenger system, so you are always connected.
  • Reap the benefits of collaboration between your Healthspan Coach, Dr. Hurst, and your personal Forge Fitness Coach- all dedicated to you achieving your health and longevity goals.
  • Enjoy the one-on-one attention and direct access to your coach for support, education, and carefully constructed workouts throughout your Healthspan journey to maximize your results.

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Locally sourced | Intentional and organic ingredients | Delicious and fresh | Prepared by James Beard Winning Chef Robert McGrath & Chef/Maddox Lane Owner, Amber Wilson.

Message from Dr. Hurst:

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.

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