Executive Health ProgramInvest in your personal health
One-stop shopping for comprehensive health and wellness
Are you leading an unhealthy lifestyle? Do you not feel as good as you use too? Is your plate overloaded and do you feel stressed? Have you wanted to get a check up but simply do not have time? For most, accessing the state of your body and health seems very time consuming. And where do you start? And what test do you need?
The answers lie within Terrebonne General Medical Center’s new Executive Health Program. This program is designed for those who need to revisit their state of overall health but have little time to do so. The Executive Health program is a preventive medicine program designed for the convenience of busy people. The program provides a comprehensive medical assessment and preventive strategy. Appointments are coordinated and scheduled in a single day, with a possible second day if additional evaluations are required.
In a day or less, people can have a comprehensive medical examination and leave with a plan to make their life healthier.
Personalizing Your Executive Health Program
Your visit to the TGMC Executive Health Program will be structured to meet your individual health needs, based on your personal preferences.
A typical one day Executive Health visit may consist of the following services:
- Comprehensive Medical History and Physical Examination
- Laboratory Screening Tests
- Hemoccult Test
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Nutrition Counseling
- Cardiopulmonary Stress Test
Optional Risk Based Testing may include:
- Chest X-ray
- Pulmonary Function Testing
- Bone Density Scan
Detailed Medical History and Physical Examination
A good medical history is the foundation of an effective evaluation and assessment of a person’s health. It reviews any previous problems based on your personal and family background, as well as your current health status. Your personal executive health physician will spend time with you to determine your medical history, obtain an extensive physical examination and review relevant risk factors based on this information. Based upon these findings, your personal physician will order selected screening tests that best suite your age, sex, lifestyles and risk factors. During this time you may also review any health concerns or questions you may have.
Comprehensive Laboratory Screening Tests
These Lab screening tests detect signs of blood disorders, diabetes, thyroid, liver and kidney disease, and include a lipid panel to assess risk factors for heart attack and stoke. Testing for men includes Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening. It is recommended to begin testing men at age 40 if there is a family history or other risk factors and at age 45 in all other men.
This test is performed to detect gastrointestinal bleeding from tumors, polyps, ulcers or other causes.
Resting Electrocardiogram (EKG)
An EKG detects changes in the heart’s electrical activity. Patterns seen in the EKG indicate where tissue may have been damaged, if coronary arteries may be blocked, or if irregular beats occur frequently.
A registered dietician is available for individuals who wish to seek advice and information on nutrition. Specific nutritional issues related to health maintenance and disease prevention will be discussed based on your personal laboratory findings, physical findings and nutrition assessment.
Cardiopulmonary Stress Test - A cardiac stress test is a medical test performed to evaluate blood flow to the heart during physical exercise. The results are compared to the amount of blood flow to the heart while at rest. As an exercise test, the results can also reflect overall physical fitness. Stress test abnormalities are an indication of imbalances of blood flow to the left ventricular (heart) muscle tissue.
Other Optional Tests:
Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT)
A PFT assesses the respiratory system for emphysema, bronchitis, asthma, or other pulmonary problems. A baseline study may be performed on the initial visit. Follow-up studies on subsequent visits may be obtained if you have a history of respiratory symptoms, smoking, or known lung disease.
A routine chest x-ray assesses heart size (thickened walls may reflect decreased pumping ability) and pulmonary disease, including lung masses. Follow up studies may be required if you have a history of respiratory symptoms, smoking, or known lung disease.
Screening Whole Body Computerized Tomography
Computerized tomography (CT) is an indispensable tool in the evaluation of many medical questions and disorders; however, there is no current evidence that conducting a whole body CT in the asymptomatic person is effective and exposes patients to a significant amount of radiation.
The American College of Radiology, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and the American Association of Physicists all recommend against screening CT scans. Until the results of further research and data collection become available, these studies are not recommended as part of routine testing in those patients who participate in our Executive Health Program. Your physician will be happy to discuss this further with you if you have any questions or desire more information.
This test is used to detect breast cancer. Women in their 40s should be screened at least biannually with mammography. However, women aged 50 and older should be screened annually.
Our Women’s Imaging and Breast Center offers state of the art digital mammography and can also provide breast examination and ultrasound if clinically indicated.
Bone Density Scan
This test is used to detect osteoporosis. This study should be obtained by women who are peri-menopausal and have not been previously tested. Mild bone loss begins in the late 20's, but with the onset of menopause women begin losing bone mass at the rate of 1-5% per year, putting them at risk for one of 1.5 million wrist, hip and spinal fractures caused yearly by osteoporosis. Annual follow-up is determined by your individual situation.
This meeting with your personal executive health physician will review the day’s test results, and identify the need for further testing or follow up. This is your time to ask any further questions you may have regarding your tests and health status. You and your executive health physician will develop a plan to address any findings or concerns you may have. A personalized summary will be sent to you in a few weeks and can be forwarded to your primary care physician if you request.
The Executive Health visit is personalized for each individual patient. As a result, the exact total cost for services cannot be determined in advance. However, a base price is charged for the services provided. Additional testing or procedures that may be required can be scheduled on the day of service and will be discussed with you and added as additional charges if you so desire. Referrals to your primary care physician for follow up care or additional diagnostic testing is not included in the basic executive screening program.
The Executive Health Program serves as a one-stop shop for people to get on the right path to a better and healthier lifestyle. To make an appointment or for additional information, please call 985-873-3124.