The new year is almost here, start it knowing you’re healthy with the help of The Wright Center For Women’s Health. With a yearly examination and our Complete Health Assessment, you can be sure you’re 100% healthy.
Our Complete Health Assessment(CHA) is very thorough, with blood work, an ANS and Max Pulse Test, Diagnostic Ultrasounds done, and more. You’ll also meet with our providers to discuss your test results, any problems or concerns you may have, treatment options, and more.
What is Included in My Lab Work?
The first part of your Complete Health Assessment will include your routine blood work. Once the tests are sent to the lab, we’ll also check your hormones as well. Aside from the usual tests we run, you can request any additional tests at the time of scheduling your appointment. The blood tests you’ll be receiving are:
- Lipid Panel
- Vitamin D
- Free T3
- Total T4
- Vitamin B12
- Hemoglobin a1C
- Urine Culture
You’ll receive the results of your lab work in a meeting with your provider 3-7 days after your CHA.
ANS & Max Pulse Test
Another component of the CHA exam is an Autonomic Nervous System or ANS test. This test will evaluate your nervous system which controls your involuntary bodily functions including, appetite, mood, blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, bladder function, sexual function, and more. Any damage to the Autonomic Nervous System can cause problems to the previously listed functions, and ultimately cause problems for the rest of your body.
In addition to the Autonomic Nervous System test, we’ll also be testing the Endothelial Function to ensure there are no damages to the endothelial lining or Endothelial Dysfunction to make sure you’re not at risk for diabetes, strokes, or heart disease.
When we perform an ANS and Endothelial Function Test, we’re essentially looking for any of the following risk factors:
- Autonomic Nervous System dysfunction: Involuntary functions
- Sudomotor Dysfunction: Sweat Gland function
- Endothelial Dysfunction: Risk of heart attack and stroke
- Insulin Resistance: Risk of developing diabetes
- Cardiometabolic Risk: Risk of heart disease and metabolic disorders such as metabolic syndrome
- Small Fiber Neuropathy: Can start as numbness and tingling in the hand and feet
- Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy: The nerves that innervate the heart
- Cardiovascular disease via plethysmography: Combined total of the other risk factors
The ANS test and Endothelial Function Test is designed to help prevent any issues your body may be having or could have in the future. By having these tests done yearly, you could be saving yourself a lot of time and prevent health issues in the future.
Before your appointment begins, we’ll perform both external and internal ultrasounds to rule out any abnormalities, including Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts, Polyps, etc. These ultrasounds will give us (and you) a better understanding of what’s going on with your body and what we need to watch out for. We do recommend drinking at least 32 ounces of water 1 hour before your ultrasound. The Sonographer will be able to view the pelvic organs better when you have a full bladder. Remember to drink the water slowly to prevent discomfort in your abdomen.
What Should I Do To Prepare for My CHA?
We know you’re probably wondering if there is anything you need to do or know before your CHA exam, and the answer is yes, please prepare yourself ahead of time.
Before your appointment, please make sure you have notified us if you would like any other blood tests done, so our Phlebotomist can be prepared. Also, please make sure you have a mask for your appointment, and if you’re sick or starting to feel sick please reschedule your appointment. We want to keep everyone safe and healthy.
After your CHA is completed, we will sit down with you to review your results, identify any red flags, and tailor a treatment plan custom to your needs. We cannot stress enough how important it is to schedule your yearly Complete Health Assessment and any other routine exams you may need. Schedule your CHA to start the new year off with great test results and a healthy outlook.