A big contributor to me starting Global Joy is my experience seeing our country from a heart disease vantage point. When I see very sick patients, I feel saddened and I ask questions like, “at what point did this illness start? At what point did this person stop caring?”
So, why do I care?
I care because I want to make an impact. I care because I care about my family and friends. I care because I want my children to grow up in a world where eating healthy and being active is all they know.
The amount of people who died of heart disease in the US in 2013 was as if 94% of the population of Boston were wiped out in one year.
I care because I see my grandparents, my uncles, my aunts, my own family affected. Heart Disease affects everyone in some way. When I see a patient on the table, I know that’s someone’s father or mother, grandfather or grandmother. These are important people in our lives who we love deeply! We put so much money and care into these populations, which is great, right? We’ve been able to prolong life. We’ve been able to extend the life expectancy significantly with medications and medical devices for the heart. This is fantastic.
But my mind always goes back to how do we keep them healthy and healthier for longer? Let’s keep the devices for when we get into our 100’s. As much as I love my current job, I’m more passionate about how to get people healthy and then keep them healthy.
And that’s exactly what I want to address with Global Joy. Keep people healthy.
I believe, we keep people healthy by creating Care Teams for everyone. Care teams already exist for really sick patients, but why don’t we have them for healthy people? We already know that it’s less expensive to keep people healthy than to put people through a percutaneous coronary intervention or valve replacement. We already know that by diet, exercise, and staying mentally sound, we stay healthier for longer. We already know all of the ingredients, we already know all of the key points.
So, why is it that we haven’t figured it out yet? Why is heart disease still the number one killer?
It’s so complex and there is never going to be just one solution. So, I will continue to build an additional solution until we live in a better world.