Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Health Cube's Complimentary Customized Executive Health Care Package for Media

Wazzup Pilipinas!

Health is wealth - so an annual medical check-up at Health Cube in Promenade, Greenhills was where we spent a few hours of our time in a n effort to determine if we are well within the healthy zone.

April 1 was not a fool's day for me and my wife since we got a truly special complimentary medical check-up designed for media. This is almost similar to the very basic package, but good enough to determine if we are in good health already. 

Among the any perks of being a member of the media is these kind of services offered in exchange of writing about our experience. This serves as part of their marketing initiative to let us experience their health care services. A tour of their facility was conducted already at a previous visit so what was left that day was a complimentary customized Executive Health Care package.
Health Cube is a premier medical facility in the heart of Metro Manila that provides personalized outpatient health care. The tests scheduled to be given to us were CBC, Urinalysis, RBS, Uric Acid, SGPT, SGOT, Creatinine, ECG, Chest X-Ray, PFT and Stress Test. We were asked to be there at 8 am. We got there a bit earlier but was surprised they started the check-up even before 8 am.

Health Cube is located at the Promenade of the Greenhills Shopping Center in Greenhills, San Juan. The clinic is at the basement 1 parking area. The entrance to the clinic can either be from the parking area or at the first floor where you need to go down an escalator towards the parking area.

I was never afraid of the CBC or Complete Blood Count test regardless of how huge the needles and how many the blood extraction were since I've encountered them a lot during my younger days when I was applying for employment. New job applications would always require medical exams, and I was often jumping from one job to the next in my search for the perfect job.

I've researched online that the uric acid test is done using the blood they extracted from us. The test is used to detect high levels of this compound in the blood in order to help diagnose gout. Same blood is used for the SGPT, SGOT (or AST - aspartate aminotransferase) and Creatinine tests that are performed to assess the function of the liver or injury caused to the liver. SGPT means Serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase while SGOT means Serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase, and are enzymes that are normally present in liver and heart. The creatinine blood test measures the level of creatinine in the blood. This test is done to see how well your kidneys work.

The Urinalysis would just require us to pee on a small container, remembering to fill it half-way only even though I had the urge to fill it up to the brim. That was done real quick since they have separate bathrooms for male and female.

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of our heart. It's not my fist time to experience that test but their ECG equipment was different from the ones I've experienced.

A chest radiograph, colloquially called a chest X-ray (CXR), or chest film, is a radiology test that involves exposing the chest briefly to radiation to produce an image of the chest and the internal organs performed to diagnose diseases such as pneumonia, emphysema, lung masses and other similar conditions.

The PFT or Pulmonary function tests are a group of tests that measure how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they move gases such as oxygen from the atmosphere into the body's circulation. The test required forced inhalation or exhalation after a deep breath. I think we conducted a spirometry test, where I was asked to breathe into a mouthpiece that is connected to an instrument called a spirometer. The spirometer records the amount and the rate of air that you breathe in and out over a period of time.

The tests were stopped while we waited for the doctor to arrive at 9:30 am. We were asked to take breakfast first. We chose the nearby coffee shop because they gave us a complimentary GCs to use there. The GCs were enough to buy us one tall Frappuccino blended beverage and a pastry each. Thanks for the yummy sweet treats! It was welcomed since we had an 8-hour fasting before the medical check-up.

At around 9:30 am, we went back to the clinic for the stress test. Days before the medical check-up. we were also asked to wear comfortable clothes and rubber shoes for the stress test which was actually a series of run at varying incrementing speeds at their thread mill. The stress test is used to test for heart disease. They also gave each one of us complimentary bottled water and a face towel for the stress test.

The Stress test was performed in the presence of a doctor and a nurse to determine the amount of stress that that your heart can manage before developing either an abnormal rhythm or evidence of ischemia (not enough blood flow to the heart muscle). My only problem with his test was I just reached stage 4 because I had to stop due to dryness of the throat, and I was wearing heavy rubber shoes. My blood pressure was also being measured at every stage during this exercise test.

If the doctor was there earlier, I estimated the test to have been finished within two hours or less. The length would really vary on the stress test which is actually up to Stage 10, but according to the doctor and nurse, only a few are able to reach as high as Stage 8.

My over-all results were normal so I feel really good that I passed the medical check-up even though there were signs of hypertension and little health problems. I don't really have any major concerns with my health. I even told the doctor during the stress test that I was able to climb Mt. Pulag as my initial mountain climbing trek but unlike the stress test which requires you to run non-stop, the climb to Mt. Pulag was on our own pacing. We are capable of stopping and resting if ever we got tired.

I noticed most of the staff there are young and only the doctor who monitored us during the stress test was probably above 40. Most of the staff who officiated our tests were female. The only guys were the doctor and the one who took blood samples.

Thank you, Health Cube, for the opportunity to undergo a basic medical check-up for free.

You can learn more about Health Cube from their official web site or from their Facebook page

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