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.
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