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What if you could improve the health and prolong the life of someone you love by more than a decade?

August 19, 2019

Matthew Vasey MD

Department of Emergency Medicine, Tampa General Hospital | Teamhealth, an affiliate of University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

Disclosure: Opinions reflect neither employer nor affiliated institutions, soley those of the author.

I declare "Time of Death: 2:14pm on August 19th, 2019" to the critical care bay team in the emergency department. Next stop is the Quiet Room to share this somber news with a fearful and desperate family. My name is Matthew Vasey, I'm a Board Certified Emergency Physician. The type of doctor on the team you are desperate for the moment you or someone you love thinks they are dying, might be dying, or are dying.

On behalf of your potential future emergency care team, we love our jobs and are all highly skilled in delivering capable and compassionate care. Truth be told, no matter how great a job your emergency care team performs, your outcome is not likely to be as great if the health emergency never happened. The best emergency care is the emergency that was prevented. Preventive care is the best care.

What is preventive care? Preventive care should be considered the blue-chip health recommendations by your primary care physician. Preventive care is clear. The care paves the path for real treatments, interventions and recommendations that have been proven beyond reasonable doubt to delay death and disease within the population by a significant number of persons who follow the plan. Imagine what could be. Imagine an increased likelihood to live the healthiest, longest and fullest life possible. Rather than the reality of a difficult life filled with greater probability of more physical pain and emotional suffering than necessary. It is like going to Las Vegas, but you are the House and the odds of success are in your favor.

You might be wondering, what are the preventative care recommendations for a fifty year old man? We can learn the United States Preventive Task Force recommendations from the MyHealthFinder tool on the website. The evidence supports testing for colorectal cancer, possibly taking aspirin to prevent disease or other medicines to lower risk of heart attack and stroke, understanding alcohol use patterns, and to have your blood pressure checked along with more recommendations from other reliable and respected resources.

Please don't wait until it is too late and you find yourself sitting fearful and desperate in an emergency department quiet room waiting for my arrival from the critical care bay. I ask you to help me reach outside the walls of the emergency department. Help me reach back in time. Help me impact the health of someone you love by delaying their inevitable death and disease. This could be done by implementing preventive care into their lives.

Help spread a viral internet epidemic of preventive care, death delay and improved quality of life for yourself, or someone you love. Use the United States, MyHealthFinder widget embedded below for recommendations. on Social Media