February 2019 Writer // Ann Cinnamon Photography // Theresa Skutt This February is American Heart Association Heart Awareness Month. Heart disease remains a major health issue and is the number one killer of both men and women in America. But what can you do to keep your heart healthy? How do you know what shape your heart is in and what your personal risk factors are? Luckily, there is a unique medical practice in Carmel that is designed to help you diagnose your heart health and your overall wellness and put you on a life-long path of keeping you healthy. Carmel Monthly first introduced Dr. John Fry and his new boutique practice, EssenceMD, in the November 2018 issue. From Cardiology to Cosmetic this health, beauty and wellness practice encourages patients wanting to look and feel their best to focus on prevention in their healthcare and lifestyle choices. “Although satisfying to be able to take care of people when they are seriously ill, I really wanted to start focusing on prevention, and I’m now able to do it full time.” Dr. Fry says estimates show about 80 percent of cardiac disease is preventable along with a lot of other chronic diseases, and early prevention starts with a healthy diet and living a clean, healthy lifestyle. “Cardiac disease is still the number one killer of both men and women by far above any other causes, and a very high percentage can be prevented,” says Dr. Fry. Some of the cardiac conditions he treats include coronary heart disease, high cholesterol, hypertension, arrhythmia, and congestive heart failure. EssenceMD is all about wellness and being proactive with your health. The wellness programs start with an assessment of your heart and overall health with a complete examination by Dr. Fry along with non-invasive diagnostic and lab tests. Dr. Fry says there are several risk factors, some modifiable for the development of heart disease. Non-modifiable factors include family history and genetics whereas a number of risk factors are modifiable such as weight, diet, blood chemistry, cholesterol, and lifestyle choices, including smoking. The next step in the program is the creation and implementation of a plan to get you healthy and keep you healthy, which can include weight and stress management, counseling on smoking cessation, natural supplements and, in some cases, medication. “Instead of treating the disease, we like to treat the cause of the disease. For example patients with high blood pressure, there are a lot of other things that can be done other than just putting you on a pill,” says Dr. Fry. The last piece in the cardiac wellness program puzzle is following the progress of the plan. “We then monitor how the patient is following it and responding and reassess to see if it’s working,” he says. EssenceMD wellness treatments also include bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and medical weight loss. As we age, we experience a natural decline in our levels of certain hormones, which can lead to an increased risk of various medical conditions. Common symptoms include sleep disturbance, fatigue, weight gain, memory difficulties, and decreased libido, among others. Replacement of certain hormones can help improve these symptoms. EssenceMD uses bioidentical hormones, which are hormones that are manufactured exactly like the ones your body uses, as the replacement. A simple blood test and medical exam can identify low hormone levels. Weight gain and increases in body fat are often a sign of hormonal imbalance or underlying illness. To succeed in meaningful and long-lasting weight loss, a personalized, individual program is the best avenue, and EssenceMD offers a number of weight loss programs geared to each individual’s unique health profile. Following an initial assessment and laboratory evaluation, EssenceMD will create an individually focused weight loss plan. In addition to Wellness therapies, EssenceMD offers a full range of non surgical aesthetic services for face and body rejuvenation. This boutique practice located in the heart of Carmel brings an expert handpicked staff of providers specializing in Cosmetic Dermatology and Plastic Surgery with a concierge approach to medicine. Offering the latest in medical lasers, body contouring devices and a full range of FDA approved products, injectables and diagnostic equipment patients are given the best in care to achieve their desired aesthetic results. It’s a rare opportunity to have access to a renowned cardiologist without having an acute heart condition that requires care. EssenceMD allows the average person to work with Dr. Fry on a number of wellness programs that he will personally oversee. “Anybody can be my patient – anybody with symptoms such as being overstressed and fatigued, unable to sleep, unable to lose weight, or lots of other constitutional symptoms,” he says. Dr. Fry says other candidates that may become his patients are people who want to take care of themselves, want to know what their risks are, and want to know if they have any conditions that they can optimize in a natural way to help keep themselves healthy. People who may feel well but have an extensive family history of heart problems are also prime candidates. EssenceMD offers monthly membership programs with significant discounts on wellness and cardiovascular prevention packages. Patients also have email access 24 hours a day to Dr. Fry and same day appointments. EssenceMD is located at 13250 Hazel Dell Parkway, Suite 101, in Carmel. Make an appointment or get more information at 317-581-1212 or myessencemd.com/get-in-touch.