Our patients live happier, longer. Not surprisingly, the more we look the more we find. And what we find is important, dramatically reducing risk.
Most die of common causes: cancer, heart attack, stroke. These early deaths are not only emotionally devastating, but they take people in the prime of life, when they are most productive and most engaged in family life.
The performance of The Modern Physical was subjected to a formal study at the David Drew Clinic. A total of 1284 asymptomatic patients were enrolled and studied intensively with surveillance techniques, including heart, carotid and other artery imaging, functional cardiac testing, body imaging for cancer, and blood testing for cancer and susceptibility to cardiovascular disease and future cancer.
In the U.S. population aged 45-65, the likelihood of death is 1 in 7. Those deaths are due primarily to heart disease, cancer and stroke. Strikingly, among study participants in The Modern Physical, the death rate was only 1 in 100, a 13-fold lower than expected rate. And most of the lives saved were attributed to discovery of silent medical conditions, including incipient heart attack or stroke and a wide variety of cancers. A trend toward improved survival in participants aged 65-70 was observed, and ongoing studies at the David Drew Clinic are more intensively assessing that age group.
The dramatic reduction in risk of death afforded by The Modern Physical is unparalleled. No other program of regular health evaluation has been shown to improve upon the 1 in 7 general risk of death in the 45-65 age group. Applied to the general U.S. population, about 400,000 lives would be saved annually by The Modern Physical’s recurring disease detection and prevention.
The Modern Physical saves lives, and its results are impressive.
Well, they’re just average people who, through no fault of their own, developed an unexpected cancer of, say, the kidney, lung, bladder, liver or thyroid. And because a standard physical doesn’t screen effectively for these problems, they wouldn’t be around today if not for the intelligent, sophisticated screening of The Modern Physical.
Also alive are individuals found to have asymptomatic but critical artery blockages that would have shortly led to heart attack and stroke. And people with silent aneurysms in the brain, chest and abdomen. And those with defective heart valves.
The most obvious example of benefit from surveillance is the discovery of an imminently lethal condition. A cancer about to cross the line between curable and only manageable. A blood vessel malformation at risk for sudden rupture. A heart attack or stroke about to happen. Uncovering problems like this makes it possible to intervene immediately to rescue and restore a person to good health.
But surveillance also works in more subtle ways to benefit you. By finding factors that predispose to future illness, we can take action to mitigate their effect or we can increase surveillance for problems likely to result. Most promoters of plaque build-up in critical arteries can be modified to diminish risk – if we know about them. Other predisposers, like some genetic tendencies, may not themselves be altered. But by knowing about them, we can take other actions to minimize their impact. And we can focus our surveillance on their targets.
Disease prevention by simple prescriptions – exercise and improved diet – are not enough for this modern era. Despite them, 1 in 7 die before age 65, and more than 1 in 3 die by age 75. Too many premature and preventable deaths. The future of medicine must include the early identification of individually infrequent but cumulatively common problems that take a great toll on us. And that will require intelligent use of sophisticated technology.
The Modern Physical represents a giant leap toward avoiding the random and unpredictable lethal conditions that threaten all of us. It is a powerful new systematic approach to life protection, and is the only one proven effective.
3,000 lives saved per year
15,000 lives saved per year
400,000 lives saved per year