Dr. Arvind Mahadevan is a Family Medicine Specialist with over 16 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Mahadevan is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Since he began practicing in 2008, Dr. Mahadevan has provided full-spectrum medical care to hundreds of patients.
Dr. Mahadevan enjoys providing care to multiple members of the same family to establish long-term optimal health across generations. Even though he provides full-spectrum care, Dr. Mahadevan takes a particular interest in sports medicine, geriatrics, clotting disorders, high cholesterol, and hypertension.
Providing Optimal Care And Patient Satisfaction
“We try very hard to work with our patients and make ourselves accessible to them. We also use technology to facilitate communication, and we try as much as we can to be innovative in providing care. All these make it easier to provide care to our patients. As a result, we create a very positive ecosystem for healthcare,” said Dr. Mahadevan in an interview with Top Doctor Magazine. Dr. Mahadevan dedicates his time and energy to improving patient’s experience in the context of primary care because of the capacity to be more proactive rather than reactive to problems.
Obesity And Its Impact On Optimal Health
Dr. Mahadevan explained that obesity is not just a cosmetic concern but a condition that involves excessive fat and increases the risk of other diseases and health problems. “We know pretty much every problem you have is made worse by being too heavy, and I think that prevention is key, but we are struggling as a society because we do not emphasize the dangerous effect of obesity. We don’t reward a patient’s efforts to overcome it, so every progress on it doesn’t count for anything,” said Dr. Mahadevan.
He further discloses that if people valued a healthy lifestyle, burning fats, and achieving health milestones more, we would have more success than we do.
COVID-19 Impact on Family Medicine
When the pandemic was at its peak, patient volume dropped, and it became clear that family medicine and major healthcare practices will transition to telemedicine. “Thankfully, our practice had set up telemedicine before COVID-19. So, we hit the ground running when it became necessary.”
Even though healthcare professionals responded swiftly to the pandemic, Dr. Mahadevan explained that the whole dynamic became very much politicized. As a result, many people put their regular care to the side. “We told our patients that COVID-19 doesn’t care who you vote for. The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to take care of everything else,” said Dr. Mahadevan.
COVID-19 And The Vaccine
The vaccine development process created serious concern across the medical community regarding its safety, efficacy, and reliability to provide permanent immunity. Although Pfizer and AstraZeneca have done a great job, there are many answers healthcare providers can’t give with confidence.
“I try to tell my patients that there is a lot that we don’t know. If the COVID-19 vaccine can create a sense of normality, whether we eradicate it will take years, but we can try to put it under control by taking the right steps which will help us get closer to normal,” said Dr. Mahadevan.
The Pandemic And Its Effects On Medicine
The COVID-19 pandemic created emotional and mental stress for healthcare providers as they were forced to stay away from their families for fear of exposing them to the virus. This disturbing reality addresses the notion that medicine is immune to recession and depression because everyone goes to the doctor. “This is true except during a pandemic when nobody wants to go to a doctor. That was a big stressor for us,” said Dr. Mahadevan.
wants to go to a doctor. That was a big stressor for us,” said Dr. Mahadevan.
Dr. Mahadevan warned that we’re looking at a long period of abnormal before we’ll eventually ease our way back to normal as it was pre-COVID. “Since it’s not a flip of a switch to go abnormal, it won’t be a flip of a switch to go back to normal, but it is going to be a slow and methodical return back to normal,” he concluded.
If you would like to learn more about Dr. Mahadevan and his practice visit his website: http://www.tridenthealthcenter.com/
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