What is a Comprehensive Physical Exam?
We begin the process with an in-depth, detailed physical, examining your body from head to toe. We use hundreds of advanced laboratory tests, going far beyond traditional methods of testing. These high-level tests help us more accurately diagnose cardiovascular diseases, genetic disorders, diabetes, and other metabolic conditions.
In 20% of our patients tested to date, we have detected many early-stage and treatable diseases, including thyroid cancers, lung cancers, hemangiomas, aneurysms, and coronary artery disease.
Below are just some of the functions and risk factors we evaluate on the road to helping you look and feel great.
While you can have the comprehensive physical exam on its own, we highly recommend our patients undergo both the comprehensive physical exam and the full body scan—our executive physical—as they combine to give a complimentary picture of your health. Please note that this is not covered by insurance, but may be covered by your employer. Below are just some of the functions and risk factors we evaluate on the road to helping you look and feel great.
Comprehensive Physical Exams Include
FULL BODY ASSESSMENT
Our provider will spend an hour giving your body a full head to toe assessment. The physical exam is a vital part of preventive medicine for all people regardless of age, sex or activity level; its importance cannot be emphasized enough. Studies prove that no test is better in detecting early onset problems than a comprehensive exam by a qualified physician.
An EKG measures the heart’s rate and whether it is regular or irregular. Electrocardiograms can also be used to show the electrical conduction through the heart’s chambers, which can be helpful in determining whether the heart muscle has been damaged, and may also identify previously undetected heart attacks.
Immune System Testing
Through a specialized blood analysis, we monitor any decrease in the natural killer cells that fight off new infections and cancers. By assessing the defensive strength of your immune system, we can improve your ability to fight off disease.
BRAIN FUNCTION ASSESSMENT
CNS Vital Signs
This neurocognitive test assesses a broad spectrum of brain performance. Through these tests, we can determine your strengths and weaknesses in brain function, including memory, attention, decision making, reflexes, and more
A spirometer assesses how well your lungs work by measuring how much air you inhale, how much you exhale, and how quickly you exhale. Spirometry can diagnose asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other conditions that affect breathing.
- During your first appointment, scheduled in the morning, we will draw your blood, swab for DNA, and perform diagnostic testing. Your results will be ready in about one month.
- After this appointment, you will be scheduled for a three-hour appointment with our provider. This will include a complete physical and a two-hour review of all the tests and their meaning.
- Our providers do not ensure that these tests are comprehensive; they are used as a screening method only.
- You will need to continue to see your primary physician for any health-related conditions uncovered.
* These tests are not covered by insurance.
Tests performed in our laboratory
- NMR Test – an extensive, in-depth look at your cholesterol profile, from traditional markers to size, density and quantity of particles
- Apolipoprotein B – the primary drivers of the bad cholesterol
- Lipoprotein A – a major risk factor for heart disease
- Homocysteine – a major factor in detoxifications
- Factor V Activity – a major risk for blood clots
- Methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase – an enzyme responsible for detoxifying your body
- Apolipoprotein E – an important gene in Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease
- Metabolic Panel – determines kidney and liver health
- Insulin – a major hormone in managing diabetes
- Hemoglobin A1c – an important marker in determining diabetes
- Urinalysis, Routine – important in high blood pressure, kidney function and diabetes
- Fibrinogen – a protein used to promote blood clots
- Uric Acid – a compound used to measure breakdown of muscles and metabolism
- C-reactive Protein – a marker of general and heart-related inflammation
- Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 – used to determine risk of heart disease and stroke
- PSA (male) – a marker for prostate cancer
- CA125 (female) – a marker for ovarian cancer
- Vitamin D – vitamin used in building bones
- Vitamin B12 – vitamin used in energy production
- Folic Acid – vitamin used in building DNA
- Iron – heavy metal used in building blood
- Ferritin – a protein used to store iron
- Cortisol – the Stress Hormone
- DHEA – the adrenal testosterone
- Luteinizing hormone – helps produce progesterone, estrogen and testosterone
- Follicular Stimulating hormone – helps produce sperm and eggs
- Estrogen – the female hormone
- Testosterone (both total and free) – the male hormone
- Sex Hormone Binding Globulin – the protein that carries the testosterone
- Prolactin – the hormone that produces breast milk and may be a marker for a brain tumor
- IGF-1 – an endocrine hormone that stimulates growth
- TSH – the hormone that signals the thyroid to make thyroid hormones
- T4 Free – the hormone produced by the thyroid
- T3 Free – the active hormone produced by T4
- Thyroid Peroxidase – a measure of autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s)
- Complete blood count – determines your oxygen-carrying capacity, your immune cells and your clotting cells
- Antinuclear Antibody – a marker for connective tissue diseases
- CD57 – a review of your immune system health and wellness
- Hepatitis B – determination of Hepatitis B carrier status
- Hepatitis C – determination of Hepatitis C carrier status
- HIV – determination of HIV status
Call our office today to schedule the most comprehensive physical in Chicago.