A full assessment of your health promotes absolute wellness. At Creekside Family Practice, Hammad Qureshi, MD, provides members of the Cypress, Texas, community with executive physical exams that review all facets of a person’s health with an integrative medicine approach. Gaining a better understanding of your current health allows Dr. Qureshi to catch issues early, before they become serious, and recommend the best ways to prevent the onset of debilitating disease. Call the office or schedule your executive physical exam online.
An executive physical exam helps you maximize your overall health. It’s more comprehensive than just a checkup. Dr. Qureshi looks at you as a whole person and takes into account the whole of your health, not just particular systems or symptoms. He tracks changes to your health and determines if you’re at risk for diseases or disorders that could cause long-term complications or disability.
This exam is also a good time to update your health records, ensure you’re up-to-date on necessary vaccinations, review prescription medications and supplements, and schedule preventive health screenings, such as a colonoscopy.
The executive physical exam begins with a discussion of your health and any concerns or symptoms you may be experiencing. Dr. Qureshi reviews your health history, including your family health history, to determine what health screenings are most appropriate for you. He considers all facets of life that can affect your health, including mind, body, and spirit.
The doctor collects your vital signs, including blood pressure, weight, and respiration, and does a general physical exam that includes checking your muscle strength and flexibility, evaluating your reflexes, and listening to your heart and lungs. He applies both conventional and alternative methods to evaluate your body’s health.
Specific tests available during the exam include:
An electrocardiogram (EKG) checks for signs of heart disease or problems. It records the electrical activity of your heart through electrodes attached to the skin of your torso.
Thyroid function tests (TFT) assess the function of your thyroid gland. This butterfly-shaped gland in your neck produces hormones that regulate a number of functions, including metabolism and energy.
An ankle-brachial index (ABI) allows Dr. Qureshi to assess your blood flow. This test evaluates you for peripheral artery disease. The ABI can show whether blockages in your arteries are preventing your limbs from getting the oxygen they need.
A screening ultrasound looks for plaque buildup in your arteries, including your carotid arteries in your neck. When arteries become clogged with fatty deposits, you’re at greater risk of stroke.
A urine test can check you for infection as well as for excess proteins or sugars that can show a problem in the kidneys.
Lung function tests, or pulmonary function tests, include spirometry and lung volume testing. Spirometry measures the amount of air your lungs hold and how forcefully you can empty air from the lungs. Lung volume testing measures the volume of air in the lungs and how much remains at the end of each breath.
Dr. Qureshi may also do a skin allergy test to check for up to 40 allergens that may affect your health. These include mold, pollen, pet dander, and foods.
Routine blood tests to evaluate your cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels are included in an executive physical. Blood sugar tests can assess whether you’re at risk of diabetes due to elevated glucose in your blood.
A complete blood count, which checks your levels of red blood cells, white blood cells, hemoglobin, and platelets, can reveal an underlying medical condition that requires further evaluation.
A comprehensive blood test can also reveal nutritional deficiencies or elevated compounds in your blood that signal inflammation.
To schedule an executive physical at Creekside Family Practice, call the office or book an appointment online.