Annual Physical Exam
Your doctor will use a physical exam to see how your body is performing. Depending on your personal health history, your doctor may choose to focus on certain areas. If you have a family history of heart disease, for example, you may receive additional blood pressure checks, blood tests, and diabetes and cholesterol screenings.
Based on test results, age, and personal health history, the exam is also an opportunity to discuss future prevention measures with your doctor.
To complete the physical, your doctor will draw blood for several laboratory tests. These can include a complete blood count and a complete metabolic panel (also called a chemistry panel). The panel tests your blood plasma and can indicate any issues that exist in your kidneys, liver, blood chemistry, and immune system. This helps detect irregularities in your body that might indicate a larger problem. Your doctor may request a diabetes screen, PSA, testosterone and a thyroid screen. If you have an increased risk of heart attack, heart disease, or stroke, they may also request a lipid panel (cholesterol test).
Full Panel Bloodwork
Annual blood testing is the most important step aging adults can take to prevent life threatening diseases. With blood test results in hand you can catch critical changes in your body before they manifest, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
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Cardiology – Advanced Ultrasound Imaging Onsite
Heart ultrasound provides your doctor with moving images of your heart and takes excellent pictures that will help your doctor evaluate your heart health. The most common type of heart ultrasound is non-invasive and very easy on the patient. A specially trained technician, called a cardiac sonographer, uses a gel to slide a microphone-like device called a transducer over the chest area. This allows reflected sound waves to provide a live picture of your heart and valves. Heart Ultrasound uses the same technology that allows doctors to see an unborn baby inside a pregnant mother. No radiation is involved in heart ultrasound, and the technology can be used on people of all ages.
Vascular ultrasound is safe and painless, and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create an image. Ultrasound examinations do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays), thus there is no radiation exposure to the patient. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
A Doppler ultrasound study is usually part of a vascular ultrasound examination.
Doppler ultrasound, also called color Doppler ultrasonography, is a special ultrasound technique that allows the physician to see and evaluate blood flow through arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs, neck and/or brain (in infants and children) or within various body organs such as the liver or kidneys.
What are some common uses of the procedure?
Sonography is a useful way of evaluating the body’s circulatory system. Vascular ultrasound is performed to:
help monitor the blood flow to organs and tissues throughout the body.
locate and identify blockages (stenosis) and abnormalities like plaque or emboli and help plan for their effective treatment.
detect blood clots (deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in the major veins of the legs or arms.
determine whether a patient is a good candidate for a procedure such as angioplasty.
evaluate the success of procedures that graft or bypass blood vessels.
determine if there is an enlarged artery (aneurysm).
evaluate varicose veins.
Doppler ultrasound images can help the physician to see and evaluate:
blockages to blood flow (such as clots)
narrowing of vessels
tumors and congenital vascular malformations
reduced or absent blood flow to various organs
greater than normal blood flow to different areas, which is sometimes seen in infections
Sleep Apnea Screening
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing during sleep is abnormal. People with obstructive sleep apnea often stop breathing for short periods or have decreased airflow with breathing during sleep because of a blockage in the airway. This blockage can be related to obesity, a small lower face, a large tongue, or enlarged tonsils. The major symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are loud snoring and daytime sleepiness or fatigue. Sometimes people who have these symptoms do not recognize them as being a problem. Treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or wearing a mouthpiece while sleeping can reduce some symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea such as daytime sleepiness. Weight loss can also help in people who are obese.
Screening for obstructive sleep apnea can be done via questionnaires that ask about symptoms. If the questionnaire answers suggest obstructive sleep apnea, a formal sleep study can be done as a diagnostic test utilizing a convenient take home diagnostic machine in the comfort of your own home.
All insurances are excepted
Go to our scheduling page (link to scheduling page) to find a convenient location near you to get your annual physical and to fill out the sleep apnea questionnaire
DOT Medical Exams
If you’re a professional truck or bus driver, you may have been told that you need a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical. Mandated by federal law, this checkup clears you for driving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and helps ensure that you and fellow CMV drivers can handle the long hours, exhausting schedules, and stress of operating commercial vehicles.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets regulations for safe operation of commercial vehicles in the country. Each state also has specific regulations. The test assesses your general health, as well as mental and emotional fitness for the demands of professional driving.
The FMCSA requires all commercial drivers to carry a certificate of good health, which you’ll receive upon passing your DOT Medical Examination. Only medical professionals who are listed on the FMCSA National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners can issue your certificate. Those listed on the registry have had the proper training in FMCSA regulations to determine if you’re healthy enough to work safely and ensure that you’re not wrongly disqualified.
Yes if you fall into one of these categories:
You operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than 15 people.
You are paid to operate a motor vehicle designed to carry more than 8 people.
You operate a motor vehicle with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of over 10,000 pounds.
You transport hazardous materials that require your vehicle to be placarded.
Your doctor will go over this form and ask additional questions. He or she will check your lung function, heart, digestive track, and coordination. You’ll also take some basic tests including:
- Blood pressure measurement
- Vision check
- Hearing test
- Urinalysis for glucose levels and drug screen
Most medical certificates are good for two years. However, if you have low blood pressure or high blood pressure, or any other condition that may inhibit your ability to drive, you may receive a 1-year certificate. And if you have very high blood pressure or other treatable conditions, you may receive a 3-month certificate. After 3 months, if you show improvement in that condition, you’ll be eligible to get a 1 or 2-year certificate.
To schedule your DOT physical call 576-778-5488
Firefighter Physical Exam
Firefighters face extreme physical demands on the job. In fact, the biggest danger to these workers is not their safety, but their health. Those demands leave firefighters susceptible to developing hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity. It also puts them at higher risk for both heart attacks and cancer. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 54 percent of firefighter deaths are caused by overexertion and stress.
Now, more than ever before, fire chiefs and captains need to prepare their members for the job. And, that preparation must go beyond fighting the fires. That’s where NFPA 1582 testing becomes vital.