Types of Services
- Comprehensive physical exams
- Preoperative Evaluations
- Routine physical examinations
- Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
- Pulmonary function tests
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Heart attack and stroke prevention
- Cholesterol screening
- Management of acute and chronic illnesses
Preventive/General Health and Wellness
At Paces Ferry Medical Group we understand the importance of prevention for health and wellness. We believe that health starts with you, and we are dedicated to help you find the right treatments to start feeling your best every day.
While we often work with patients to prevent illness in those with a strong family history of chronic disease, we also provide a wide variety of general care services. If you are looking for a knowledgeable primary care physician who will work with you in a caring and compassionate environment, we are here for you.
Preventive Medicine is practiced by all physicians to keep their patients healthy. Preventive Medicinefocuses on the health of individuals, communities, and defined populations. Its goal is to protect, promote, and maintain health and well-being and to prevent disease, disability, and death. Rather than treating a condition after it has progressed, preventive care focuses on preventing disease and maintaining proper health. Treating a disease in its earliest stages can be relatively easy, sometimes requiring little more than a simple prescription. But helping a patient combat the effects of an advanced disease can prove extremely difficult, and sometimes impossible.
Wellness has been called the “new medicine” but, in many ways, it is a return to the best practice and philosophy of medicine. Dr. Young understands the innate healing ability of the body and the importance of addressing all aspects of an individual’s life to achieve optimal health. All factors that affect health, wellness and disease are evaluated to promote optimal healing of the mind, body and spirit in all their complexity here in Atlanta.
Blood tests can reveal valuable information about the cause of a disease and its symptoms (diagnosis) and are also valuable in monitoring the effects of treatment. Blood tests are a very useful diagnostic tool. Blood is made up of several different kinds of cells and other compounds, including various salts and certain proteins.
Blood samples for testing can be taken either from a vein (which carries blood to the heart) or from an artery (which takes blood away from the heart). If only a few drops of blood are needed (for monitoring blood sugar in diabetes, for example) it is enough to make a small prick in the tip of the finger and then squeeze the blood out.
An electrocardiogram is used to monitor your heart. Each beat of your heart is triggered by an electrical impulse normally generated from special cells in the upper right chamber of your heart. An electrocardiogram — also called an ECG or EKG — records these electrical signals as they travel through your heart. Your doctor can use an electrocardiogram to look for patterns among these heartbeats and rhythms to diagnose various heart conditions. An electrocardiogram is a noninvasive, painless test with quick results. Your doctor may discuss your results with you the same day as your electrocardiogram, or at your next appointment.
Spirometry is a common office test used to assess how well your lungs work by measuring how much air you inhale, how much you exhale and how quickly you exhale. Spirometry is used to diagnose asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other conditions that affect breathing. Spirometry may also be used periodically to check whether a treatment for a chronic lung condition is helping you breathe better.
The ankle-brachial index test is a quick, noninvasive way to check your risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD). Peripheral artery disease is a condition in which the arteries in your legs or arms are narrowed or blocked. People with peripheral artery disease are at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, poor circulation and leg pain. The ankle-brachial index test compares your blood pressure measured at your ankle with your blood pressure measured at your arm. A low ankle-brachial index number can indicate narrowing or blockage of the arteries in your legs, increasing your risk of circulatory problems, and possibly causing heart disease or stroke. The ankle-brachial index test is sometimes recommended as part of a series of three tests, including the carotid ultrasound and abdominal ultrasound, to check for blocked or diseased arteries.