22 episodes

For most of us, the truth is, our health isn’t what we want it to be. We do our best, but it’s a challenge these days. It’s no secret the world can be an unhealthy place and the result is that more than 60% of adults are sick with diseases like high blood pressure, unhealthy weight, high blood sugar, and heart disease. All of that disease is costing us. We are taking tons of medications - spending too much time in doctor’s offices and hospitals - and not living life to the fullest.

That’s why I started ”The Healthspan Podcast”. As a cardiologist with over two decades of experience, I’ve seen firsthand the power of lifestyle modification in treating and even reversing the chronic diseases that plague our society. In this podcast, we’ll delve deep into the world of preventive medicine, exploring evidence-based strategies to help you optimize your health, reclaim your vitality, and break free from the cycle of medications and doctor’s visits.

Each episode features insightful discussions with leading experts and inspiring stories from individuals who have successfully transformed their health through lifestyle changes. We’ll cover topics like nutrition, exercise, stress management, sleep hygiene, and mental and emotional wellbeing. Our goal is to empower you with practical knowledge and actionable advice for your health journey.

Join me, Dr. R. Todd Hurst, MD, FASE, FACE, as we uncover the heart of the matter and embark on a journey towards better health and more vibrant life. Let’s cut through the noise and misinformation and, together, create a path to a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life. Subscribe now to The Healthspan Podcast and take the first step towards transforming your health and the quality of your life.

The Healthspan Podcast HealthspanMD

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

For most of us, the truth is, our health isn’t what we want it to be. We do our best, but it’s a challenge these days. It’s no secret the world can be an unhealthy place and the result is that more than 60% of adults are sick with diseases like high blood pressure, unhealthy weight, high blood sugar, and heart disease. All of that disease is costing us. We are taking tons of medications - spending too much time in doctor’s offices and hospitals - and not living life to the fullest.

That’s why I started ”The Healthspan Podcast”. As a cardiologist with over two decades of experience, I’ve seen firsthand the power of lifestyle modification in treating and even reversing the chronic diseases that plague our society. In this podcast, we’ll delve deep into the world of preventive medicine, exploring evidence-based strategies to help you optimize your health, reclaim your vitality, and break free from the cycle of medications and doctor’s visits.

Each episode features insightful discussions with leading experts and inspiring stories from individuals who have successfully transformed their health through lifestyle changes. We’ll cover topics like nutrition, exercise, stress management, sleep hygiene, and mental and emotional wellbeing. Our goal is to empower you with practical knowledge and actionable advice for your health journey.

Join me, Dr. R. Todd Hurst, MD, FASE, FACE, as we uncover the heart of the matter and embark on a journey towards better health and more vibrant life. Let’s cut through the noise and misinformation and, together, create a path to a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life. Subscribe now to The Healthspan Podcast and take the first step towards transforming your health and the quality of your life.

    The Best Treatment For Chronic Insomnia, Risks of Sleeping Pills and Making up Lost Sleep

    The Best Treatment For Chronic Insomnia, Risks of Sleeping Pills and Making up Lost Sleep

    Hi, I'm Dr. Robert Todd Hurst, a board-certified cardiologist and creator of HealthSpanMD. In today's podcast, I am joined by HealthspanMD Primary Care's own Maggie Thayer, PA. We delve into one of the foundational tools for optimal health and longevity that is often underrecognized—sleep! We explore how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI) can change negative thought patterns, discuss the risks of sleep medications, and share personal and patient success stories. We uncover practical strategies for better sleep and the importance of resilience in achieving long-term health.
     
    Timestamps:
    00:00: Introduction by Dr. Robert Todd Hurst
    00:36: The Power of Thoughts in Sleep - Exploring how CBTI helps change negative thought patterns.
    01:36: Personal Sleep Struggles - Dr. Hurst shares his challenges and journey to better sleep.
    03:03: The Hidden Dangers of Sleep Medications - Discussing risks like higher death rates and depression.
    07:46: Interview with Maggie Thayer - Insights from a physician assistant on treating chronic sleep issues.
    10:03: Misconceptions About Sleep - Addressing myths such as the need for eight hours of sleep.
    14:40: CBTI Explained - Overview of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia.
    24:13: Personal Success Stories - Maggie shares her personal experience with CBTI.
    28:48: Practical Tips for Better Sleep - Effective strategies to improve sleep quality.
    38:15: The Importance of Resilience - How mental resilience contributes to better sleep and longevity.
    40:30: Patient Success Story - A profound patient experience that highlights the importance of sleep in managing health issues.
    Thank you for joining us on the HealthSpanMD podcast. We hope you've gained valuable insights into the importance of sleep for your health. For more information and to schedule an appointment, visit healthspanmd.com.

    • 47 min
    The Role of Muscle in Vitality and Resilience As You Age, Setting Realistic Goals and Avoiding Injury

    The Role of Muscle in Vitality and Resilience As You Age, Setting Realistic Goals and Avoiding Injury

    Welcome to the HealthspanMD Podcast, hosted by Dr. Robert Todd Hurst, a board-certified cardiologist and the creator of HealthspanMD. In today's episode, we delve into a vital topic for maintaining a long and vibrant life: muscle health.
    **Timestamps:**

    00:00 Introduction: Dr. Hurst introduces the importance of muscle health as we age and the common struggles people face, such as lifting grandkids or everyday objects.00:43 Importance of Muscle: Dr. Hurst discusses why muscle health is crucial for overall well-being, including its impact on metabolism, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and more.03:05 Muscle and Resilience: Exploring the connection between muscle health and resilience, especially in recovery from surgeries and hospitalizations.05:20 Special Guest Introduction: Ryan Neslund PT, DPT, CSCS, Clinic Director from Spooner Physical Therapy Biltmore, joins the podcast to share his expertise on muscle health, strength training, and injury prevention.07:33 Role of Muscle in Longevity: Ryan and Dr. Hurst discuss how strength training improves resilience and overall health, emphasizing the mental and physical benefits.09:53 Starting Strength Training: Ryan offers advice on beginning a strength training regimen safely, including the importance of expert guidance and the role of physical therapy.12:15 Overcoming Barriers: Addressing common psychological and physical barriers to strength training, including injury concerns and misconceptions about bulking up.14:32 Personalized Training Plans: How physical therapists can provide personalized exercise plans to accommodate individual needs and limitations.16:51 Prevention and Injury: The role of physical therapy in injury prevention and the importance of consulting experts before starting a new exercise regimen.19:13 Building Muscle Safely: Tips for safe strength training, including the importance of proper technique and avoiding overtraining.21:35 Choosing the Right Trainer: Guidelines for selecting a personal trainer who understands your age group and physical condition.23:58 Insurance and Physical Therapy: Navigating insurance coverage for physical therapy and the benefits of direct access to physical therapists.26:23 Proactive Health Approach: The evolving role of physical therapy in proactive health management and chronic disease prevention.28:44 Effective Strength Training: Setting realistic goals and expectations for building muscle and the importance of a gradual approach.31:05 Balance and Stability Training: The significance of stability and balance exercises in preventing injuries, particularly in older adults.33:06 Recovery and Rest: Understanding the role of rest and recovery in a strength training program and avoiding burnout.35:16 Muscle Building Expectations: Setting realistic expectations for muscle building, especially in older adults, and the concept of muscle memory.37:40 Case Study: Dr. Hurst shares an inspiring case study of a patient who successfully built muscle and lost fat post-ICU stay.39:59 Exciting Developments: Ryan discusses new initiatives at Spooner Physical Therapy, including their new app and membership programs.42:25 Final Thoughts: Dr. Hurst and Ryan emphasize the importance of physical therapy in maintaining health and longevity and how to get started.
    Join us as we explore the vital role of muscle health in achieving a long, vibrant life with expert insights from Dr. Hurst and Ryan Neslund PT, DPT, CSCS. Don't forget to leave us a review and follow us on our social media channels @HealthspanMD for more health tips and updates.

    • 46 min
    Testing Lp(a), Treating a Family History of Heart Disease and Cholesterol Myths w/ Mathew Blades

    Testing Lp(a), Treating a Family History of Heart Disease and Cholesterol Myths w/ Mathew Blades

    Join us as Dr. Robert Todd Hurst, a board-certified cardiologist and founder of HealthspanMD, delves into critical heart health topics alongside Matthew Blades, a renowned radio personality turned podcaster. Today's discussion focuses on lipoprotein(a), often referred to as the 'horrible cholesterol', and its impact on heart health.
     
    Time Stamps:
    00:02 - Introduction by Dr. Robert Hurst
    01:44 - Guest introduction: Matthew Blades, his transition from radio to podcasting
    04:06 - Matthew's personal journey with family heart disease
    06:27 - The tragic impact of genetic predispositions in Matthew’s family
    08:50 - Effective communication in medical practice
    11:05 - Discussion on the misunderstood cholesterol particle, LP(a)
    13:10 - The dangerous effects of LP(a) on heart health
    15:30 - The role of LP(a) in clotting disorders and other health risks
    17:48 - The limitations of lifestyle changes in managing LP(a)
    20:01 - Enhancing health span versus lifespan
    22:28 - Treatments and patient care strategies for LP(a)
    24:44 - Historical treatments and their effectiveness
    26:47 - The evolution of cholesterol management and preventive measures
    28:37 - Advanced treatments and their varying impacts on LP(a)
    30:26 - The challenges and costs associated with aggressive treatments
    32:25 - The ethics and personal choices in experimental treatments
    34:22 - The broad impacts of knowing one's LP(a) status
    36:42 - The holistic approach to managing heart health
    38:39 - The importance of mental and spiritual health in overall wellness
    40:48 - Matthew's proactive changes post-diagnosis
    43:10 - Family health discussions and genetic awareness
    45:32 - Breaking the cycle of familial health issues
    47:54 - The debate over aspirin use in primary prevention
    50:13 - Decision-making in medical treatments
    52:36 - The importance of LP(a) testing and proactive health management
    54:56 - Closing remarks and disclaimer
    Thank you for joining us on this enlightening journey into heart health with Dr. Hurst and Matthew Blades. We hope this episode empowers you with the knowledge to make informed decisions about your health and inspires you to take proactive steps towards a healthier, more vibrant life. Remember, it's never too late to start making changes that can significantly impact your health span and quality of life.

    • 55 min
    A Deep Dive into Integrative Medicine Dr. Randy Horwitz Director of Integrative Medicine at University of Arizona

    A Deep Dive into Integrative Medicine Dr. Randy Horwitz Director of Integrative Medicine at University of Arizona

    In this episode, Dr. Robert Todd Hurst, a board-certified cardiologist and founder of HealthspanMD, takes us on an exploratory journey into the heart of integrative medicine.
    With special guest Dr. Randy Horwitz, a renowned expert in the field, they unravel the complexities of nutrition, critique the motives of the pharmaceutical industry, and illuminate the path toward holistic health.
     
    Time stamps:
    - **[00:00]** Introduction by Dr. Hurst, touching on Michael Pollan's nutrition philosophy, the skepticism toward the pharmaceutical industry, and the Nova scale for food processing.
    - **[00:40]** The focus shifts to integrative medicine, challenging myths and sharing Dr. Hurst's transformative patient story from his Mayo Clinic days, highlighting the impact of integrative approaches.
    - **[02:58]** Dr. Hurst recounts a significant encounter with a patient suffering for a decade, illustrating the profound difference integrative medicine can make in seemingly hopeless situations.
    - **[05:18]** Introduction of Dr. Randy Horwitz, discussing his vast accomplishments and his role in advancing integrative medicine, followed by an explanation of what integrative medicine entails.
    - **[07:39]** Discussion on navigating the financial and insurance barriers in integrative medicine, introducing the concept of a hybrid healthcare model.
    - **[09:56]** Debunking common myths about integrative medicine, emphasizing its compatibility with conventional medicine, and the importance of evidence-based practice.
    - **[12:21]** The conversation turns to the critical role of nutrition in health, the dangers of ultra-processed foods, and the simplicity of adopting Michael Pollan's dietary guidelines.
    - **[17:12]** A closer look at the challenges of nutritional studies and the importance of a personalized approach to diet in integrative medicine practices.
    - **[19:35]** Probiotics and the microbiome are examined, shedding light on the evolving understanding of probiotics in health and disease management.
    - **[24:22]** The potential benefits and considerations in taking multivitamins, emphasizing the importance of quality assurance and individual dietary needs.
    - **[31:34]** The use of probiotics in clinical practice, the significance of the microbiome in health, and navigating the complexities of probiotic supplements.
    - **[38:46]** Wrapping up, the future of integrative medicine, personalized care, and advice on finding quality integrative healthcare providers are discussed, showcasing Dr. Hurst's and Dr. Horwitz's visions for a healthful future.
    Dr. Hurst and Dr. Horwitz invite listeners to reevaluate their health practices, consider integrative medicine's potential, and understand the power of a holistic approach to well-being. 

    • 49 min
    Making the Switch From Traditional Medicine to Integrative With Dr. Kerilyn Bollmann

    Making the Switch From Traditional Medicine to Integrative With Dr. Kerilyn Bollmann

    Join Dr. Robert Todd Hurst, board-certified cardiologist and creator of HealthspanMD, as he explores simple yet profound daily habits that can significantly enhance your heart health and overall well-being. In today's episode, Dr. Hurst shares his journey and insights into how less than a minute a day can lead to substantial improvements in life quality. He is joined by Dr. Kerilyn Bollmann, who shares her transformative journey from traditional internal medicine to a holistic approach to health.
     
    **Time stamps:**
    - **[00:00]** - Introduction by Dr. Hurst on the staggering rise in chronic diseases and his personal health revelations.
    -**[00:36]** - Discussing the best 60 seconds you can spend on your heart health each day.
    - **[02:54]** - Introduction of guest Dr. Kerilyn Bollmann, her unique medical journey, and a discussion on individual health paths.
    - **[05:09]** - Dr. Bollmann shares her reasons for leaving traditional practice and her vision for holistic patient care.
    - **[07:21]** - Exploring the risks and motivations behind Dr. Bollmann's career shift and the shortcomings of conventional health systems.
    - **[11:55]** - Dr. Bollmann discusses her shift towards integrative medicine and the limitations of the current healthcare system.
    - **[14:13]** - Discussion on the misaligned incentives in healthcare and the push towards procedure-based practices.
    - **[16:28]** - Challenges of integrating comprehensive health approaches within insurance frameworks.
    - **[18:44]** - The types of patients Dr. Bollmann typically sees and the common issues they face.
    - **[23:15]** - How Dr. Bollmann uses Ayurvedic principles and personalized approaches to treat complex health conditions.
    - **[27:45]** - A patient case study highlighting the challenges and frustrations with traditional medical treatments.
    - **[30:07]** - Deep dive into the Ayurvedic approach and the importance of understanding patient control over health.
    - **[34:50]** - Discussion on the transformative power of perspective and the concept of "health projects."
    - **[37:02]** - Dr. Hurst shares his own transformative experience with a daily gratitude practice.
    - **[39:24]** - The simple yet profound impact of starting the day with gratitude.
    - **[41:41]** - Tailoring health practices to individual lifestyles and the benefits of gratitude.
    - **[43:57]** - Incorporating community support and practical health strategies in patient care.
    - **[46:12]** - Closing thoughts on the power of non-traditional medicine and a final message from Dr. Bollmann.
     
    In this enlightening conversation, Drs. Hurst and Bollmann delve into how minor daily habits can lead to major health improvements and discuss the broader implications of individualized care in the modern healthcare landscape. Whether you're a healthcare professional or someone interested in personal health optimization, this episode offers valuable insights and actionable advice.

    • 50 min
    Talks on Heart Health: Add Healthy Years to Your Life and The Truth About Atrial Fibrillation (Afib)

    Talks on Heart Health: Add Healthy Years to Your Life and The Truth About Atrial Fibrillation (Afib)

    Dive into the heart of cardiology with Dr. Robert Todd Hurst and Dr. John Beshai in this enlightening podcast episode. Recorded live from Clarendale and Arcadia, this session is brimming with expert advice and the latest insights aimed at enhancing heart health and understanding atrial fibrillation (AFib).
    How to Add 12-14 Healthy Years​ To Your Life - 5 Objectives to prevent, treat, and even reverse the deadliest diseases by Robert Todd Hurst, MD, FACC, FASE
    The Truth About Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) & What You Can Do About It by John F. Beshai, MD, FACC, FHRS

    Time stamps:
    - **00:01** - Introduction by Dr. Robert Todd Hurst, setting the stage for the episode's focus on heart health maintenance and a deep dive into atrial fibrillation (AFib) with Dr. John Beshai.- **00:36** - Dr. Hurst discusses the critical importance of adding 12 to 14 healthy years to life, highlighting evidence-based strategies for reducing health risks.- **02:14** - The discussion shifts towards the greatest health risk as identified by the CDC: chronic diseases, with a special focus on cardiometabolic disease and insulin resistance.- **04:51** - The startling increase in chronic diseases and their effect on life expectancy in the U.S. are underscored, emphasizing the urgent need for lifestyle modifications.- **07:13** - Dr. Hurst reflects on the decline in life expectancy, introducing the concept of insulin resistance in adolescents and young adults.- **09:39** - A transformative patient story is shared, showcasing the significant impact of comprehensive lifestyle changes alongside medical treatment.- **12:04** - The importance of a continuous doctor-patient relationship in achieving health objectives is highlighted, stressing the need for ongoing support and guidance.- **14:27** - Dr. Hurst explores the link between lifestyle choices, such as diet and exercise, and the reduction in heart disease risk.- **16:43** - The efficacy of lifestyle interventions in treating diabetes and pre-diabetes is discussed, along with the potential for reversing chronic conditions through nutrition and physical activity.- **18:58** - A pioneering study on atrial fibrillation management through weight loss and fitness improvement is examined, underscoring the necessity of addressing underlying health issues.- **21:10** - The conversation turns to longevity, challenging myths about genetics and stressing actionable objectives for extending healthy life years.- **23:36** - Dr. Hurst introduces five key objectives for a long, healthy life, concentrating on optimizing blood pressure, cholesterol, and other crucial health indicators through lifestyle choices.- **25:53** - The application of DEXA scans for body composition analysis is explained, providing insights into personalized health strategies.- **28:18** - Dr. John Beshai takes the floor to share his expertise on atrial fibrillation, detailing its progression, treatment options, and the significance of a holistic approach to heart health.- **29:13** - Dr. Beshai stresses the escalating prevalence of AFib and its consequences on the healthcare system, advocating for preemptive intervention and prevention.- **32:40** - An overview of various treatment modalities for AFib, from medications to ablation procedures, is provided, showcasing advancements in cardiac electrophysiology.- **34:17** - Dr. Beshai addresses the importance of confronting underlying risk factors for AFib, such as hypertension and obesity, to halt the condition's advancement.- **36:10** - The profound impact of AFib on patients and the healthcare system is highlighted, calling for an integrated approach to care and management.- **38:57** - The link between AFib and other health complications, like heart failure and stroke, is explored, emphasizing the critical nature of effective management.- **41:23** - Novel treatments for AFib, including the Watchman device and hybrid therapy, are introduced, highlighting the forefront of cardiac care.-

    • 51 min

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