While regular check-ups with your family doctor may seem like the sensible suggestion, we all know that life sometimes gets in the way and carving time out of busy schedules is easier said than done. According to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 83 percent of adults who have a primary care doctor saw this medical professional at least once during the preceding 12 months. For children, the rate jumps to about 93 percent. Again, this is encouraging news for doctors but compassionate individuals such as Dwayne Pope know that not everyone has a doctor and outreach efforts are sometimes what helps bridge the gap.
Why set time aside to visit a cardiologist? According to The Health Science Journal, cardiovascular-related diseases are the leading cause of death in the U.S. While Mr. Pope understands that not everyone has seen a cardiologist before, these patients are likely aware that their family members may have suffered from similar conditions. As The Health Science Journal states, “If a member of the family has had some heart complications, you have to be cautious – you may have predisposition to certain heart ailments.” For those looking to improve their cardiovascular health starting today, medical professionals such as Mr. Pope would suggest simple strides such as losing at least 10 pounds, performing 30-minute work-outs each day, drinking water and tea over coffee or quitting smoking. These are steps that can be taken immediately and will go a long way to improving heart health.
As a registered cardiac and vascular sonographer who is endorsed by Cardiovascular Credentialing International, Dwayne Pope has turned his interest in all things medicine into a community service that improves lives across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. After founding Pope Diagnostics in 1997, Dwayne Pope would soon see the need for medical testing access across rural South Carolina and start offering outreach services. This would eventually blossom into similar programs in the other two states as cardiac and vascular testing clinics would offer critical testing services at sites close to patients’ homes. When a private practice or hospital retains Mr. Pope for his cardiac and vascular testing services, he’s helping to fill a gap by providing testing at sites that don’t have the equipment available to do it themselves. As an additional perk, Pope Diagnostics is committed to only hiring registered sonographers with relevant professional experience so the testing services are certain to help improve patient conditions.