Blood tests give a doctor insight into how well your organs are functioning and they can help in diagnosing heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and more. At DRS Medical Associates, located in Jersey City, New Jersey, Dr. Ray Santos and Dr. Ritu Sharma also use blood tests to help determine your treatment. DRS Medical Associates offers in-office blood draws so you don’t have to make an appointment at an outside clinic or hospital.
Dr. Sharma, or Dr. Santos may order a blood test to check kidney, liver, thyroid, or heart function. Your blood can reveal if you have anemia, diabetes, heart disease, a sexually transmitted disease (STD), and many other conditions. Risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol or blood sugar, may be revealed through a blood test. If you’re taking medications, blood tests inform the doctors as to whether those medications are working for you. A blood test also measures the ability of your blood to clot, which is critical for healing.
Some blood tests require you to not eat or drink anything but water for 8-12 hours, but not all do. Dr. Santos and Dr. Sharma will let you know how to prepare for the specific type of test you’re having.
For your convenience, DRS Medical Associates does their blood work in-house. Their team can draw your blood and do much of the lab analysis on site, or send it out themselves for more complex readings. This is an enormous advantage as you don’t have to schedule another visit to a separate location and wait extra time for results.
A blood test is usually well-tolerated by most people. You will feel the prick of the needle, but the process is quick. Pricks to your finger, to test your blood clotting factor or blood sugar, only take a second or two and may have a little sting. Longer blood draws can last a minute, but you will only feel a pinch when they insert the needle.
A complete blood count is often referred to as a CBC. It can screen for a number of disorders, include anemia and leukemia. The lab analyzes your blood sample to measure and evaluate your red and white blood cells as well as proteins and blood clotting compounds.
A metabolic panel measures your kidney function, fluid balance, and your sugar and electrolyte levels. It can be part of a routine visit or used to diagnose a specific condition.
At DRS Medical Associates, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"Dr. Sharma was friendly, informative and straight forward when it came to health concerns. She took time to get all the medical history and shared a lot of knowledge."
"I have been to DRS several times and seen Dr Ritu. She is a very very good doctor who truly cares about her patients. "
"Not once did I feel rush and both doctors took their time to answer my questions. I didn't leave there thinking that they were pushing me into anything either. "
"I am so thankful for his passion and knowledge. He is officially our family doctor here in JC with a great location and hours!"
"I have been with Medical associates for the last 2 months and like them a lot. They respected my wishes and made sure I got the correct treatment."
"Our experience has been with Dr. Santos. He is a patient and kind physician who listens and provides compassionate feedback about childcare."
"Dr. Santos was great. He took the time to understand all my symptoms and any any history since I was a new patient. Did not feel rushed and felt very comfortable."
"I see Dr. Sharma and she has always been very patient in listening to my history and accurate with her diagnosis."
"Dr Sharma is really good doctor. She is thorough, very diligent, and takes her time to listen before arriving at a diagnosis. Highly recommend."
"Excellent doctors!!! Wonderful staff !!"
"The office is very clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated. I did not wait at all to be seen. Highly recommend this practice!"
"Greatest service! Best docs! Dr. Ritu & Dr. Ray are extremely friendly and patience. Highly recommended"
"I had a great experience with Dr. Sharma. I did not have to wait and she was very thorough. I have now found a doctor I love!!!"
"Dr. Ray cares about giving his patients quality service and attention. Highly recommended."
"Her bedside manner is awesome. She takes the time to explain things and answer questions and not trying to rush you out like other doctors."