If you’re a man, your risk for certain diseases and conditions is higher than a woman’s. An internal medicine physician can help track your health status and identify signs of these diseases or conditions before they become a problem. This could save your life, especially if you have risk factors for conditions like heart disease or cancer.
At Dr. Sasan Massachi's clinic in Beverly Hills, California, men’s health concerns are part of your ongoing health care protocol, helping to protect you from the risks of cardiovascular disease and treating you for conditions like hormonal deficiencies and sexual dysfunction.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States. The most common heart ailment is coronary heart disease, or CHD. Plaque builds up in arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle, making the vessels narrower and more rigid. This reduces blood flow to the heart, restricting the amount of oxygen that reaches the heart muscle. Eventually, CHD can lead to a heart attack.
Dr. Massachi performs various tests to measure the efficiency of blood flow to your heart, identifying any cardiovascular issues. He can then recommend appropriate treatment, including lifestyle changes, to help protect you against heart disease or heart failure.
It’s estimated that approximately 2% of men in the United States have testosterone deficiency or TD, measured in the blood as less than 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). The older you are, the more likely you are to have hormonal deficiency; around 1% of younger men have TD, but up to half of men over 80 years of age suffer from TD.
Low testosterone is more likely in men who are obese, have diabetes or high blood pressure, or who suffer from an autoimmune disease. Dr. Massachi can prescribe testosterone replacement therapy to help you recover your energy and vitality.
A common side effect of low testosterone is sexual dysfunction, typically erectile dysfunction. But if the problem isn’t a hormonal deficiency, Dr. Massachi can run additional tests to determine which treatment will alleviate your problem.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men, and it’s also one of the most treatable cancers if detected early. Your internal medicine physician can discuss your risks with you and run tests to ensure that any cancerous cells are detected swiftly and treatment is started as soon as possible to reduce your risk of metastasis.
Your health is only as good as your preventive care. Dr. Massachi is constantly on the alert for changes in your health so he can take steps to protect you from unnecessary risks and restore your wellness. Make an appointment by calling our office at 310-553-3013 or by requesting one online.