Dr. Charles Bruce, Cardiologist at Mayo Clinic


.>>Eden: WELCOME BACK TO RIVER CITY LIVE. IT IS A RIVER CITY ROAD TRIP AND WE ARE AT THE GENERATION W CONFERENCE HERE AT UNF. I WAS STANDING IN THE DOORWAY TODAY AND ONE OF THE SPEAKERS, DOCTOR CHARLES BRUCE, OF THE MAYOR CLINIC HERE IN JACKSONVILLE. WE ARE REALLY FORTUNATE TO HAVE THIS FACILITY HERE IN TOWN, AREN’T WE?>>WHAT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. THE TEAM HERE AND DONNA’S LEADERSHIP, SUCH AN INSPIRATIONAL EVENT. AS A FATHER WITH TWO DAUGHTERS, I JUST WISH THEY WERE HERE TO WITNESS THIS INCREDIBLE OCCASION.>>Eden: THERE IS A CONFERENCE THEY DO FO THE KIDS, GENERAL WOW, AND I’M SURE THEY’LL BE THERE FOR THAT. IT IS IMPORTANT TO LET THE GIRLS WATCHING KNOW THEY CAN DO ANYTHING AT ALL. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE INNOVATIONS AND THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN YOUR FIELD, IN CARDIOLOGY SPECIFICALLY. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT?>>NOT ONLY IS IT IN OUR FIELD, BUT HERE ON OUR DOORSTEP, ON OUR CAMPUS. WE ARE REALLY — MAYOR SPENDS ABOUT $500 MILLION A YEAR IN RESEARCH AND WHAT THAT DOES IS GENERATE A TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF IDEAS. ON AVERAGE, TWO IDEAS GET PRESENTED TO TWO MAYO CLINICS, AND 56% OF THOSE TURN INTO AN OPPORTUNITY THAT IMPACTS PATIENTS’ LIVES.>>Eden: I’M IMAGINING,BECAUSE YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT FROM AROUND HERE ORIGINALLY. SO YOU PROBABLY HAD DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES PRESENT THEMSELVES AND YOU CHOSE MAYOR CLI — MAYO CLINIC FOR A REASON. WHAT ARE SOME THINGS YOU ARE SHARING HERE WITH THESE LADIES SPECIFIC?>>WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR WOMEN IS THAT THEY ARE THE CEOs OF THEIR HEALTH CARE. WHEN I’M CARING FOR A VULNERABLE PATIENT IN A HOSPITAL SETTING, THEY ARE OVERWHELMED AND SURROUNDED BY CAREGIVERS. WHAT I WANTED TO LET THE AUDIENCE AND ATTENDEES KNOW YOU NEED TO BE ADVOCATES FOR THEIR LOVED ONES. YOU NEED TO BE EN DUCATED. DON’T BE SHY TO ASK QUESTIONS. SOMETIMES WE CAN BE LED ASTRAY BY TESTS. SOMETIMES THEY AREN’T RIGHT. FEEL EMPOWERED TO ASK QUESTIONS. DON’T GO AGAINST YOUR GUT FEELING.>>Eden: A SECOND OPINION, A RETAKE OF ANOTHER TEST. IT.>>TO ENSURE YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IS EXPLAINING IT IN TERMS YOU UNDERSTAND.>>Eden: AS A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER DO YOU EVER GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU HAVE TO SAY, LADY, GET OFF THE INTERNET?>>NEVER. I THINK IF YOU GET THAT ANSWER THAT SOUNDS DEFENSIVE TO ME. WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IS REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IS DRIVING THOSE QUESTIONS AND AS A PHYSICIAN, I TEND TO REFLECT ON THAT THINKING I HAVEN’T EXPLAINED IT ENOUGH.>>Eden: SO IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND SOMETHING, IT IS NOT THAT YOU SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED AND SAY, I’M JUST DUMB. ASK AGAIN AND AGAIN UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND IT.>>IN TERMS WHERE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND IT. WITH ALL THESE NEW ADVANCES, IT CAN BE OVERWHELMING, BUT JUST ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE IT EXPLAINED WELL AND GO TO A TRUSTED SOURCE. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CAN REALLY TRUST THE CARE AND THE PROVIDERS THAT ARE PROVIDING THEIR CARE, RATHER THAN JUST ACCEPTING THAT IT MAY BE THE BEST THING FOR YOU.>>Eden: WELL, WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THE TIME WITH US. THERE IS SO MUCH ENERGY IN THAT ROOM, TOO. I’M SURE YOU FELL YOUR MESSAGES WEREWELL-RECEIVED.>>I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE, MAN AND WOMAN ALIKE, TO COME HERE. IT IS INCREDIBLE.>>Eden: WE APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH. WE HOPE THE NEXT TIME THIS CONFERENCE ROLLS AROUND YOU’LL FIND A WAY TO MAKE IT HERE AS WELL.

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