Physical Exam Specialist

Richard J. Metz, MD, FACP

Concierge Internal Medicine located in Los Angeles, CA

An extensive health exam is an integral part of maintaining good health for men and women of all ages. Dr. Richard Metz provides comprehensive physical examinations to Los Angeles, California patients to ensure that they can always enjoy optimal health.

Physical Exam Q & A

What is included in a physical exam?

A comprehensive physical exam with Dr. Metz involves a full check of each patient's medical history which entails comparing information from past medical exams with current results to help screen for diseases and illnesses. Dr. Metz also provides an extensive analysis of the patient's current health. Other factors such as diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits like smoking are taken into consideration as well. 

What type of tests are included in a physical exam?

Dr. Metz uses a treadmill on-site to elevate the patient's heart rate using EKG tracings that measure the electrical activity of the heart. Stress testing may be an effective tool for finding the cause of chest pains or pressure, detecting symptoms of heart disease, and measuring overall heart health.

Chest x-rays are conducted to examine the lungs for abnormalities or growths. X-rays of the chest area may help for detecting diseases in blood vessels, airways, bones, heart, and lungs.

Pulmonary function tests encompass a broad range of tests that measure the lungs’ ability to inhale, exhale, and transfer oxygen to the blood. These tests are also useful for detecting restrictive lung diseases, which occur when a patient can’t inhale a normal amount of air. Spirometry tests analyze how the lungs exhale, which is useful for detecting obstructive lung diseases like asthma or emphysema.

A body fat analysis is performed to measure the body’s current body fat percentage. This test considers a patient's age, height and weight. Patients who are 20% or more over their ideal body weight are considered to be obese, and that can lead to a number of health risks including cardiovascular disease, heart disease, stroke, and some forms of cancer. Many of these conditions can be prevented, and Dr. Metz works closely with his obese patients to help them achieve a healthy body weight and enhanced wellness.

What happens after a physical exam?

By assembling the results of all these tests, Dr. Metz paints a complete picture of the patient's health. Next, he’ll provide a guide on how to either maintain or improve health. This often involves lifestyle changes such as weight loss, reducing stress, eliminating smoking, or starting an exercise program. For a thorough exam, contact Dr. Metz and take the next step towards a healthier future.