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As an integrative medical physician, Dr. Jessica Cho seeks to promote your wellness by treating the whole body, and not just addressing acute conditions and their symptoms. A wellness physical at Wellness at Century City involves a detailed exploration into your health history and your lifestyle. Residents of the Los Angeles area benefit from making an appointment that reviews their current health and sets up a plan to maximize wellbeing for the future.

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Wellness at Century City

What should I expect at a basic physical?

When you come in for a basic physical, you meet with Dr. Cho to review your medical history and undergo a physical exam. She orders several tests to get a sense of your overall health, too. These include:

  • Lipid profile, including your total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, and HDL
  • Thyroid panel that includes measurements of the hormones TSH, free T4, and free T3
  • Comprehensive metabolic panel, which looks at your liver and kidney functions, electrolytes, calcium, and magnesium levels
  • Urinalysis

What happens at a comprehensive physical?

The comprehensive physical includes everything from a basic physical: a thorough review of your medical history, a physical exam, cholesterol profile, comprehensive metabolic panel, thyroid panel, and urinalysis. But in addition, you’ll also have blood tests for:

  • Complete blood cell (CBC) count, which evaluates white and red blood cell counts and your platelets
  • Insulin level, to evaluate your risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes
  • High-sensitivity C-reactive protein, which is a marker of inflammation
  • Cortisol levels
  • Vitamin D3 level

Dr. Cho also does a nutrition review with particular attention to your intake of B12, folate, and minerals. Other tests included with a comprehensive physical include:

  • EKG (electrocardiogram)
  • Pulmonary function tests (PFTs)
  • Total body composition testing

What is included in the executive physical?

You’ll get all the exams and tests conducted during the comprehensive physical, plus blood tests for additional hormones:

  • Progesterone and testosterone
  • Estradiol, DHEA-S, prolactin, FSH, and LH

Independent of the executive physical, Dr. Cho also offers an anti-aging hormone evaluation that includes measures of your progesterone, testosterone, DHEA-S, prolactin, FSH, LH, growth hormone, and estradiol.

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What is an EKG and PFTs?

An EKG is an electrocardiogram, which is a noninvasive test that checks the electrical activity of your heart. During the test, you’ll sit or lie comfortably with a series of electrode wires attached to the skin on your chest, arms, and legs. The test only lasts about 10 minutes, during which time your heart rhythms are recorded.

PFTs, or pulmonary function tests, are a group of noninvasive tests that evaluate your breathing and how well your lungs work. The tests may show your lung capacity and your metabolic lung age, and they also evaluate you for allergies and asthma. For some tests, you breathe normally, and for others, you may need to inhale or exhale forcefully. Dr. Cho will explain the tests and answer your questions.

An EKG and PFTs are included with the comprehensive and executive physicals, but not with the basic physical.

What specialized tests does Dr. Cho offer?

In addition to the wellness physicals and tests above, Dr. Cho can also do a specific cardiovascular blood profile and measure specific tumor markers for cancers of the liver, colon, breast, and pancreas. You may also benefit from evaluations of your bone health, screenings for anemia, and measurements of hormones involved in healthy weight, including adiponectin and leptin.

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