I heard the news of Glenn Hoddle’s heart attack yesterday with great sadness. Glenn has always been someone I have admired, not just for what he has done for English football, but for the passionate way he has gone about his work. A major health incident is a tragedy for those close to the patient and the wider public feel some of that anguish when something happens to people they admire. For me, Glenn is one of those people. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope that his family are supported through this difficult time.
However, the sadness I felt when I heard the news was not just because it was Glenn Hoddle. I am a cardiothoracic surgeon by training but I now practice in the field of preventative medicine and since 2009, I have been writing about the importance of thorough health assessments.
The technology exists to predict and pre-empt life threatening diseases like heart disease cancer and strokes, and everyone over the age of 45 should be asking themselves why they are prepared to await their fate rather than prevent it. Glenn was lucky. Thank goodness, one of the BT Sport staff knew how to use a defibrillator and was able to resuscitate him. But, half of all heart attacks occur in people with no previous diagnosis of heart disease and around a third of those will not survive their first heart attack.
Survival rates for lung cancer soar to about 70% with early diagnosis. Bowel cancer is the second biggest killer in the developed world but, if detected early, the survival rate is now over 95%. Strokes, which can be prevented with timely intervention, leave 30% of patients with a permanent disability. Advanced health assessments can determine whether we are at risk of suffering any of these catastrophic illnesses and, where a risk is detected, enable that early intervention which changes the outcome.
Every year, we have an MOT done our car and a service on our boiler and both of these things are replaceable. We have only one life.
At the Private Harley Street Clinic, we offer the world’s most comprehensive health assessment. All it takes is 3 1/2 hours of your time and you receive the results the same day. Afterwards, myself and my staff will explain every aspect of the results with you and should there be anything that requires medical intervention, we will ensure that you are referred to the leading specialists in the appropriate field.