"The goal," Dr. Gaman says, "is to listen to the patient, gather all the right information through extensive testing, and then develop a plan to help them live a healthier and longer life."
SOUTHLAKE, Texas (PRWEB) July 07, 2020
The National Institutes of Health reports that as much as 7% of the American population is suffering from some sort of autoimmune disease, equal to about 23.5 million Americans. They also report that the prevalence of such diseases continues to rise.
Executive Medicine of Texas, a company that's renowned for their half-day executive physicals and all-inclusive concierge packages, knows first-hand how much damage an untreated autoimmune condition can do. "Autoimmune diseases are notorious for causing chronic inflammation. We know that this inflammation can lead to heart disease, cancer, and a number of other serious health complications," says Walter Gaman, MD. "That's why we have to get these patients diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
Dr. Gaman, one of the founders of the practice, knows first hand how complicated these conditions can be, as he has dealt with his own diagnosis of celiac disease for almost two decades. "I was diagnosed long before patients were being screened so regularly for the disease. Sometimes we study conditions because we want to, and sometimes it's because we have to. Mine started as the latter, but now I study and treat autoimmune disease because I know I can make a difference in the lives of these patients."
Lyme disease, another common autoimmune condition, accounts for much of the rise in this category of illness. The Center for Disease Control reported that there are approximately 329,000 new cases per year in the United States. Mark Anderson, MD said, "When our CEO came down with neuro lyme disease a few years back, it certainly got our attention. Subsequently, we began to see more patients with lyme-like symptoms, many of which tested positive. While not all have long term affects from this disease, many do. That's why proper management is so important."
Celiac and lyme disease are not the only illnesses that fall into this category, there are over 80 conditions that belong to the autoimmune family. Since symptoms can be wide-spread and often mimic other conditions, patients are often misdiagnosed prior to finding the correct diagnosis and form of treatment.
The Autoimmune Concierge Program at Executive Medicine starts with a half-day exam with over one hundred different lab values, some of which are specific for these types of conditions. Because autoimmune disease can cause a host of other health problems, the patients are also screened for cardiac and autonomic nervous system abnormalities. "The goal," Dr. Gaman says, "is to listen to the patient, gather all the right information through extensive testing, and then develop a plan to help them live a healthier and longer life. Part of that plan will be to significantly reduce inflammation and repairing damage when possible."
About:Executive Medicine of Texas is a luxury medical practice that focuses on preventative and proactive medicine. Their clients come from all over the globe and include individuals, as well as many corporate clients. Located in Southlake, Texas, half-way between Dallas and Fort Worth, many patients fly in to DFW airport or one of the many private airports within the area. You can obtain a FREE copy of their award-winning book Age to Perfection: How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy, and Wise by clicking HERE.