Healthcare today is complicated and expensive. Despite the fact that healthcare represents about 1/5 of the Nation’s total economy, it is hard to understand how the whole system works. Here are a few points that may challenge some of your thinking when it comes to preventative healthcare.
Story At A Glance
- US ranks 37th out of 37 for preventative health care
- America spends 50% more than any other country on healthcare
- 90% of healthcare expenditures are made in the last 2 years of life
- 30% of expenditures are made in the last 3 weeks of life
- 50% of females will die of some form of vascular disease
- 65% of males will die of some form of vascular disease
- Sudden death is often the first symptom of a heart attack
- Vascular disease is your biggest risk for dying
US Ranks Dead Last For Preventative Healthcare
Most people believe that the US has the best healthcare system in the world. Did you know that the World Health Organization ranks the US 37th out of 37 industrialized countries for preventative healthcare, dead last? How can this be? America spends 50% more than any other country on healthcare, how can we be last? Did you know that 90% of healthcare expenditures are made in the last 2 years of life and 30% of expenditures are made in the last 3 weeks of life? The statistics tell us that we have a very expensive sick care system in this country.
Is preventative medicine practiced? Today 50% of females and 65% of males will die of some form of vascular disease, heart attack or stroke. The most common preventative care risk measurement tool is called the Framingham risk score. Do you know what the first symptom for 50% of people who have a heart attack is? Sudden death. Do you know that when you calculate the Framingham risk score for the 50% of people who were lucky enough to survive their first heart attack, 88% of the time it would show they had low risk the day before their heart attack? This tool is not only inaccurate it is downright dangerous for you.
Beat The Heart Attack Gene
How do you begin to understand what real preventative healthcare could be? It will start with the realization that you need to become your own advocate and do some research. Starting with your biggest health risk, vascular disease, it would be wise to seek out reliable resources such as the book “Beat The Heart Attack Gene” by Brad Dale and Amy Doneen. This book will explain a strategy based on identifying root causes of vascular disease that can be influenced to change the outcome of your life. Understanding the intricate balance of how your body transports cholesterol; how the particles that carry cholesterol through your bloodstream can become deposited in the walls of your arteries; the inflammatory cascade that can result from this abnormal deposit and finally blood clotting factors that can influence your risk of developing a blockage; are all essential for a real preventative healthcare strategy for your biggest risk, vascular disease.
In future columns, we will explore these and other topics about preventative healthcare in an attempt to bring important information to our readers. I am excited for the opportunity to be able to share this life-saving information with you.
Dr. J. Rand. Baggesen