Dr. Zia Khan recently gave yearly physicals to two different patients at her Tyrone practice, Peachtree Medical Center.
First was thirty-five year old Elizabeth (*name changed.) Dr Khan said, “My first question was ‘How are you feeling?’ She told me, ‘I’m really tired. I work hard, and I have little kids. I’m not sleeping at night.’”
Dr. Khan ran tests for fatigue, and found an underactive thyroid. Now Elizabeth feels better with medication. “She never would have come in for fatigue,” said Dr. Khan. “She assumed it was just regular life.”Dr. Khan also saw Beverly*, age 51. Like Elizabeth she said, “I’m really tired.” Beverly was also always very hungry, and drinking a lot. “She thought she was going through menopause,” said Dr. Khan. “In reality, she was becoming a prediabetic. We caught it really early.”
Because of her early diagnosis, Beverly changed her lifestyle to watch her diet and started exer-cising. “Now she feels great and her risk of diabetes has decreased significantly,” said Dr. Khan.
These two women who had fa-tigue represent the incredible value of preventative healthcare. That value comes with a low pricetag. All insurances cover yearly physicals 100 percent with no copay, which includes basic bloodwork.
Dr. Khan has a standard of care for various aged patients at Peachtree Medical Center. All pa-tients get a detailed evaluation of medical, social, family history and a thorough physical exam, with special attention given to areas that are bothering the patient. In addi-tion, aged seventeen and above get their cholesterol checked.
Starting at the age of 20, she looks at prevention of cardiovascular disease. She recommends a risk assessment every three to five years, which includes screening for obesity, and checking physical activity. Dr. Khan also runs full blood work, including sugar (diabetes,) liver and kidney function.
Dr. Khan provides more than medical tests, she also screens psychosocial health. “People say ‘I’m fine, I’m not depressed.’ When I talk to them, I find out they have stress and anxiety. They may not need to go on medication, but we can recommend exercise,” said Dr. Khan.
Dr. Khan screens women at age 40 for breast cancer, as well as a cervical screening.
At 50, she screens patients for colon cancer, ordering a colonoscopy. “If there’s a first degree relative with colon cancer, we screen earlier,” said Dr. Khan.
For men over 40, Dr. Khan tests blood PSA levels. She shared, “I had a 63-year old man who came in on a physical, and we did a PSA level on him, and he had prostate cancer. He went through radiation. Now he’s totally cancer free, and very happy in his 70s.”
Those 65 and older get screened for bone density, and also receive Zoster for Shingles and pneumo-coccal vaccine for pneumonia.
“It’s important to have a physical, to talk to your physician, so they can do screenings and tests that are tailored to you and your family history. If you don’t have a primary care physician, consider coming to our practice. Our patients are part of our family,” said Dr. Zia Khan.
She continued, “30 years ago when my mother started the prac-tice, she really listened to the pa-tients. Now, Dr. Rappe and I really listen to our patients. We are the small town doctors doing adult medicine. I hear from patients, ‘Thank you for listening.’”
Accepting most insurances including Medicare, Peachtree Medical Center’s physicians Zia Khan, M.D. and Scott Rappe, D.O., are available to see new patients at their office, 190 Greencastle Road, Tyrone, Georgia. For an appointment call 770-487-7807.
Pictured top right: Medical Director Dr. Zia Khan, treats patients at varying ages with a standard of care that ﬁts who they are and where they are in life. For more than three decades, Peachtree Medical Center has seen multi-generations of local families.
It’s important to have a physical, to talk to your physician, so they can do screenings and tests that are tailored to you and your family history. If you don’t have a primary care physician, consider coming to our practice. Our patients are part of our family.