Medical Blog
By Gulfview Medical Institute Team
September 17, 2021
Category: Medical
Tags: Immigration Exams  

Your immigration medical exams are crucial in your journey to becoming a permanent US resident. Your doctor, Dr. Joseph Ravid of Gulfview Medical Institute, offers immigration exams in Port Charlotte, FL, also serving Punta Gorda, Arcadia, North Port, and Englewood, FL.

Immigration Medical Exams

Immigration medical exams are part of your application process for a green card. Your immigration medical exams may involve medical examinations and vaccination. Your doctors at Gulfview Medical Institute are approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). They perform your immigration exams in Port Charlotte, FL, also serving Punta Gorda, Arcadia, North Port, and Englewood, FL.

What You Need for Your Immigration Exams

When coming to your doctor's office for your immigration medical exams, you need to bring some paperwork with you. These documents include:

  • Passport or Government-issued photo ID
  • Vaccination records
  • Medical insurance card
  • Form I-693

You can fill out your part of Form I-693. However, you shouldn't sign it till your civil surgeon tells you to. You'll also need to bring money to pay for your immigration medical exams. The price varies depending on what tests and vaccinations your civil surgeon recommends. A translator may also help with communication.

What Happens During an Immigration Exam

Your immigration medical exam occurs in two visits.

First Visit

During your first visit, your healthcare provider will review your vaccination records to determine what vaccines you may need. They can perform tests to determine if you already have immunity to specific conditions before giving you a vaccine if you desire. Your healthcare provider will also perform all the tests necessary for your green card application.

Second Visit

This visit must be with a USCIS approved healthcare provider. During your appointment, your civil surgeon will read out your results and complete your Form I-693 and other related paperwork. You'll get a copy of your documents and your civil surgeon will send a sealed copy to the USCIS to complete your application.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ravid of Gulfview Medical Institute for your immigration exams in Port Charlotte, FL, also serving Punta Gorda, Arcadia, North Port, and Englewood, FL, by calling (941) 505-2100.

By Gulfview Medical Institute Team
June 11, 2021
Category: Medical

Dr. Joseph Ravid, Dr. David Persaud, and the team at GulfView Medical Institute help men of all ages with erectile dysfunction. With convenient locations in Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Port Charlotte, North Port, and Englewood, FL, we can help patients with this very common sexual problem.

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is the term for having trouble getting or maintaining an erection. Erectile dysfunction can be uncomfortable for men to talk about and because of that it is underdiagnosed, but it is very common.

If you are having this problem and have never been diagnosed, it's important to see a doctor. The cause of erectile dysfunction can be medical or it can stem from emotional issues like stress, anxiety, or depression. Some known medical risk factors for developing erectile dysfunction are:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use

Whatever the root cause of your erectile dysfunction, we can help. An initial evaluation will include a thorough interview, so be honest with your Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Port Charlotte, North Port, and Englewood, FL, doctor about your health history and your emotional health. This will only help your doctor come up with the right treatment plan for you.

How is erectile dysfunction treated?

Erectile dysfunction is often treated with oral medication. You may have heard of Viagra or Cialis, which work in a similar way. The medication increases blood flow to the penis to help you achieve and maintain an erection. If you have low testosterone, this could also cause erectile dysfunction. In that case, your doctor may recommend hormone therapy to increase your testosterone levels.

Dr. Ravid and Dr. Persaud at GulfView Medical Institute are dedicated to helping men of all ages with erectile dysfunction. We have convenient locations in Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Port Charlotte, North Port, and Englewood, FL. To book an appointment, call (941) 505-2100.

By Gulfview Medical Institute Team
March 25, 2021
Category: Medical
Tags: Hormone Therapy  

As a result of aging, our hormones begin to decline. Declining hormones can lead to a plethora of issues, like digestion problems, decreased libido, mood changes, and deteriorating bone health. Hormone therapy is used to treat hormonal imbalances and can be used for both men and women. The skilled doctors at GulfView Medical Institute serve the Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Port Charlotte, North Port, and Englewood, FL, areas and they are here to answer any questions you may have and help you figure out if hormone therapy is right for you!

What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy uses synthetic, manmade hormones created from plant estrogen to help men and women that are struggling with drastically decreased hormone levels. Hormone therapy from your Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Port Charlotte, North Port, and Englewood, FL, doctors can be used to replace both estrogen and testosterone in men and women and can help address any issues you may be facing due to decreased hormone levels.

Treatment comes in many different forms, such as:

  • Pills
  • Implants
  • Patches
  • Creams
  • Injections

Your doctor will discuss different forms of treatment with you and together, you will be able to figure out which form of treatment is best for your body and lifestyle.

What Symptoms Can Hormone Replacement Therapy Relieve?

Hormone replacement therapy can relieve a large number of symptoms associated with low hormone levels. Some of these include:

  • Mood Swings
  • Memory Loss
  • Weight Gain
  • Muscle Loss
  • Decreased Libido
  • Hot Flashes
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Fatigue

Hormone replacement therapy can also help menopausal and post-menopausal women struggling with osteoporosis and other symptoms of menopause. If you’re struggling with menopause, your doctor can help you determine if this treatment would be best for you.

Contact Your Doctor Today!

If you’re struggling with a significant hormone decrease and struggle with any of the symptoms listed above, contact the skilled doctors at GulfView Medical Institute, serving the Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Port Charlotte, North Port, and Englewood, FL, areas to figure out if hormone therapy is right for you! Call (941) 505-2100 today!

By Gulfview Medical Institute Team
January 18, 2021
Category: Medical
Tags: Flight Physical  

If you are currently a professional pilot or you are in training to become one, you are already aware of the Federal Aviation Administration regulations regarding your physical exam. Your medical requirements will vary depending on your certification level. Knowing what to expect from your flight physical will help you to prepare. Dr. Joseph Ravid at Gulfview Medical Institute in Port Charlotte, FL can provide you with a flight physical.

What to Expect from Your Flight Physical

Dr. Ravid will perform the following assessments:

  • General physical: Your doctor will check that all of your limbs are functioning properly and that you have no physical disabilities or problems with movement.
  • Weight and height: As well as recording your weight and height, the doctor will also calculate your body mass index.
  • Blood pressure: To pass your flight physical, your blood pressure must not be over 155/95. You must also not have any irregularities in your heart rate, such as tachycardia or arrhythmia. If your doctor does notice an irregularity, you may be required to take further tests.
  • Hearing and sight: Your hearing test evaluates your ability to hear a conversation at a distance of six feet. The vision test is designed to assess your long and short-distance vision, your color differentiation, and your depth of field.
  • Mental health: Your doctor will take your full medical history, this should include any history of neurological, personality, or psychological disorders such as bipolar disorder, epilepsy, delusions, and hallucinations. You must also provide details of any history of substance abuse.

Depending on your certification level, you may also require the following tests:

  • Chest X-ray
  • Blood cholesterol level
  • Urine test

If you live in Port Charlotte, FL, and you need a flight physical, contact Dr. Ravid of GulfView Medical Institute at (941) 505-2100 to schedule an appointment.

By Gulfview Medical Institute Team
October 23, 2020
Category: Medical

Think you might be dealing with ED? Get all of your questions answered.

Okay, so maybe you feel a bit embarrassed to talk about erectile dysfunction but know that this problem is incredibly common. In fact, around one-third of men experience erectile dysfunction at some point during their lifetime. Of course, our Punta Gorda, FL, physicians Dr. Joseph Ravid and Dr. David Persaud get quite a few questions about erectile dysfunction (ED). If you aren’t too sure whether you are ready to discuss this issue with your doctor, here are some answers to men’s top questions regarding ED.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

There are a number of factors that could lead to ED. The most common factor is age. Men are more at risk for ED after 50 years old; however, this doesn’t mean that men in their 30s and 40s can’t also develop erectile dysfunction. Other factors include,

  • Certain medications (e.g. beta blockers)
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Urological conditions
  • High cholesterol

Will ED go away on its own?

It is possible for erectile dysfunction to go away on its own without treatment. This is often the case if life stressors such as losing a job are to blame; however, sometimes you may require additional treatment and care to address the underlying cause of your ED.

When should I see a doctor about my erectile dysfunction symptoms?

If you believe that a certain stressful situation or life event could be the culprit behind your ED then you may want to wait it out to see if your ED also goes away; however, if you are experiencing anxiety or depression around your symptoms, or if your symptoms persist, then it may be time to talk with our Punta Gorda, FL, doctor about your erectile dysfunction.

What are my treatment options?

If you’ve been diagnosed with ED, there are a variety of strategies and treatment options that our medical team can offer. Along with certain lifestyle changes (e.g. losing excess weight if you are obese; taking medication to control high blood pressure) there are other ways to treat ED including,

  • Medication (e.g. Viagra)
  • Penile injections

The treatment plan that works best for you will depend on the severity of your symptoms, as well as the root cause. This is something that you and your doctor can discuss during your next appointment.

If you are dealing with erectile dysfunction and it’s affecting your quality of life, call the Punta Gorda, FL, medical team at Gulfview Medical Institute at (941) 505-2100 to schedule a consultation.

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