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Annual Preventative Exam


 

ANNUAL PREVENTATIVE EXAMS

Annual preventative exams are important because they can find health problems early, improving your chances of treatment and cure. Your annual preventive exam is an important opportunity to identify underlying conditions that may lead to fatigue, poor functioning and disease, if not corrected. It is not uncommon to identify several such conditions, such as low thyroid, iron deficiency, sleep apnea and Vitamin D deficiency, during one annual exam. In line with the focus of our practice, we offer the opportunity for in-depth, personalized diagnosis that leads to a more in-depth health assessment and a more comprehensive and targeted treatment plan. At Cogent Family Healthcare, we focus on prevention of disease, as well as more strategic and complete intervention. We believe that our unique offering services, screenings, and treatments, give you the necessary steps to live a healthier and more fulfilling life.

 

 

This year, you can experience these benefits:

A blood test that can detect over 50 cancers growing in your body right now, with 0.7% false positives, identifying the type of cancer 90% of the time. 40% less cancer death is expected, using this test. We are the first office in the world to offer this well-proven test.
An extremely safe medication to lose weight effortlessly, which is based on your natural intestinal hormone, that also reduces heart attacks by 26%, and controls blood sugar without risk of low blood sugar by itself.
More people in the world die of heart attack and stroke, than any other cause, with risk rising after age 45. South Asians suffer 60% of all heart attacks, 25% occurring under age 40. Finding out whether you have the disease that causes heart attack, is the most important preventive action you can take. We offer an ultrasound that detects the artery disease that causes heart attack, in over 95% of those who will have a heart attack in the next 10 years, compared to less than 40% of heart attack victims who had above average bad cholesterol before their heart attack. Using customized treatment, most can reverse their artery disease. We have provided more such artery screening than anyone else in the Bay Area, since 2010.
A nutrient in food, that reverses part of the aging process that contributes to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and diabetes, that gives you better refreshment from sleep, and improves thinking and memory. We provide 10% lower cost than any other public source, for the better absorbed brand.
Colon cancer screening with colonoscopy is now recommended starting at age 45. Don’t be the 19th of my patients to have colon cancer because you failed to start colonoscopy on time.
Which cheeses reduce heart attack by 57%.
Standard screenings for cancer, and recommended vaccines.
All-outdoor private care for maximum safety.
Physical examination that detects cancers that would be missed by following guidelines that recommend no-longer doing parts of the physical exam.
Shingles vaccine starting at age 50, so the one in three of us who will get shingles can have 97% protection, covered by insurance.
Rapid COVID testing, and COVID semi-quantitative antibody testing. We performed more COVID PCR testing than any other office in the Bay Area, early in 2020. COVID has proven that being healthy is lifesaving, including having normal weight, blood sugar, and artery walls. The above methods can get you there!

Services:

 

Travel Vaccines:

Travel preparation including vaccines and other preventive measures, adhering to Centers for Disease guidelines.

 

Tuberculosis Testing:

Tuberculosis skin and blood testing and treatment of latent tuberculosis.

 

Pregnancy Testing:

Urine and blood testing for pregnancy.

 

Testosterone Testing:

Blood tests for testosterone levels and related testing to provide an individualized assessment of the risks of testosterone replacement.

 

Vaccines:

Shingles Vaccine

Chicken pox from childhood infection is still alive in your spine, if you were born before 1995 when the childhood vaccine was introduced in the U.S. That virus starts multiplying again later in life, and can cause severe lifelong pain, in some people. The one-time adult shingles vaccine, recommended at age 50 or above, reduces by 75% the chance of getting chronic pain from shingles. Adults who didn’t have chicken pox as a child can die from getting infected with chicken pox as an adult. The same shingles vaccine protects against this also.

 

Adacel DtaP Whooping Cough Vaccine

Whooping cough disease causes a cough that results in vomiting or fainting, lasting three months. Antibiotics are not effective after the first two weeks, when it is often hard to tell that whooping cough is developing. Many thousands of new cases of whooping cough are occurring each month in California. Everyone at least 11 years old is recommended to have the one-time whooping cough tetanus combination vaccine.

  

ECG (electrocardiogram):

The ECG measures the electricity of the heart, showing abnormal rhythms that can cause stroke, and heart attacks that were not felt, as can happen with diabetes. A baseline ECG enables determining whether later chest pain is due to a heart attack, based on whether changes from baseline are seen on the ECG during the chest pain.

 

IMT/Artery Disease Analysis:

Both the cholesterol and inflammation that make up artery disease, thicken a layer in the artery wall called the intima media thickness (IMT). Plaque, is a localized mound of artery wall cholesterol inflammation, that is at least 1.3 mm thick, and which further greatly increases the risk of heart attack or stroke, beyond the background IMT. An IMT/plaque ultrasound is an FDA approved test that measures the thickness of the IMT in the walls of the carotid artery (located in the neck) as well as the degree of plaque in the artery. This is one of the only tests to find artery disease at a stage in which it can be stopped before plaque (high risk thickening) occurs, and when the disease is much more likely to be reversible. It is a measure of how much artery wall disease you have at the present time and how bad it is, compared to your cholesterol level which is a risk factor, that can only be used to calculate a statistical chance that you may get a heart attack in the future.

This screening test can be performed between the ages of 25 and 80 but generally should be considered in men over age 25 in South Asians, and, in non-South Asian groups, in men over 45 and women over 55. Risk factors include:

  • Family history of heart attack and/or stroke
  • Abnormal cholesterol levels (high LDL or “bad” cholesterol, low HDL or “good” cholesterol, or elevated triglycerides)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Smoking (former or current)
  • Diabetes or metabolic syndrome
  • Overweight or physically inactive or unhealthy lifestyle
  • Sleep apnea
  • Chronic inflammatory disease or disorder (such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, HIV, inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Prior abnormal CIMT test to help follow the effectiveness of risk-factor modification

The above risk factors, as well as aging, are contributing factors to an increased carotid intima-media thickness as well as risk for heart attack and stroke

 

Screening Labs:

In keeping with our focus on discovering and treating underlying causes for symptoms, we screen for low thyroid, iron, and vitamin D, in appropriate patients. These are in addition to a complete blood count and a complete metabolic panel that tests your blood plasma and can indicate any issues that exist in your kidneys, liver and blood chemistry.

 

Prostate Cancer Screening:

Prostate cancer screening using only a blood test is a way that maximizes detection and minimizes un-necessary treatment. Using our techniques, we have alerted several men in their 40’s of high grade prostate cancer, that would not have remained harmless through their lifetime. Treatment decisions are made with specialists who are very careful to fully educate patients on the benefits and risks of all options, including careful monitoring of known prostate cancer (called “watchful waiting”).

 

Colon Cancer Screening:

Colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Colonoscopy enables removing polyps before they become cancer. You should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, then continue getting screened at regular intervals. However, you may need to be tested earlier than 50, or more often than other people, if—

You or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.
You have an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
You have a genetic syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (Lynch syndrome).
Referrals by our office to specialists to do the colonoscopy take into account the expertise of the specialist, since one study found that 40% of colon polyps are missed, when all colonoscopies were evaluated.

 

 

Location

Cogent Family Healthcare
525 South Drive, Suite #107
Mountain View, CA 94040
Phone: 650-386-0386
Fax: 650-386-0468

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