'Walk with a Doc' program helps patients better interact with doctors

'Walk with a Doc' program helps patients better interact with doctors

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 5:42 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 2:03 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Local heart disease patients are getting medical help outside the exam room.  The program is called Walk with a Doc. 

The program is the first of its kind in the state and folks who take part says it's a win win for both patients and their doctors. 

On the second Saturday of every month, doctors with Carolina's Healthcare System meet with patients concerned about heart disease. 

Every month there's a new topic and the group spends about an hour walking and talking.  Doctors say it's a chance to connect with patients on a different level.

"[It's] the ability to relax, spend some time, get to know our patients because, while we get to know their bodies and all the things that are going on with them, this gives us an opportunity to understand what drives them...what are the things they do on our regular basis," said Dr. Rohit Mehta, one of the doctors that takes part in the program. 

Roger Meyers had a heart attack back in 2011 and now he regularly joins in Walk with  Doc.

"To be honest about it, it's really great because you can actually brain pick the doctors while you're walking and where can you get a half an hour or so of one on one with a cardiologist for free?"

The next walk with a doc is scheduled for July 13th at 9 a.m. in Freedom Park.

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