A wellness clinic that treats the whole body for optimal health offers more than just a few basic medical services. Ask questions about some of the following services to get a better idea of the capabilities of the facility and staff.
An electrocardiogram is one of the fundamental tools for assessing heart rhythm. An experienced physician can tell a lot with a stethoscope, but the EKG printout is often more effective at identifying specific blockages and types of problems with the heart. Heart health is a fundamental part of overall wellness, and identifying problems as early as possible can help with effective treatment.
The carotid arteries carry blood from the heart to the brain, and their occlusion (or blockage) can be a significant risk factor for strokes. By assessing these key passageways for blockage with sound waves from an ultrasound machine, a wellness clinic can identify whether at-risk patients may be developing peripheral vascular disease (PVD). The development of blockage in arteries in one part of the body is a good sign that it’s a problem throughout the system.
The simple, non-invasive procedure of ankle-brachial index is a tool for assessing blockages throughout the circulatory system. The ankle-brachial index compares a patient’s blood pressure measured at the arm with the blood pressure at the ankle. The brachial artery that passes along the interior side of the upper arm is a major artery that is relatively close to the heart. Its proximity to the heart and ease of access is why this artery is most frequently used for blood pressure cuffs. By contrast, the pulse at the ankle is relatively weak because it is so far removed from the heart, and the arteries at that point carry a lower volume of blood. Comparing the ratio of blood pressure at the two points allows for a wellness clinic to determine if there is a buildup of blockage that has accumulated in arteries.
Spirometry tests measure the function of lungs, assessing the volume of air inhaled and the pace at which lungs are emptied on exhalation. Problems with lung function can be indicators for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and other chronic conditions that greatly impact a patient’s quality of life. Caught early on, many lung conditions can be monitored and minimized, but when they are allowed to progress, especially with patients who refuse to give up smoking, lung conditions can mean dependence upon oxygen cylinders or inhalers.
Home Sleep Studies
The hours you spend asleep are an important part of your daily life. Sleep apnea and other problems that affect a person’s quality of sleep can adversely affect mood, energy level, and performance at work. Problems breathing and other nocturnal issues can also be symptoms of medical conditions developing over time. Making sure that you are well rested is the first step to living a healthy lifestyle every day.
These are just some of the many services to expect from a full body wellness clinic.