Where to get a blood test
People ask where to get a blood test, it’s easy to get blood work done in most parts of the USA and no matter where you live in the world you can order a local blood test at this website and in most cases get the test results within 2-3 days, you don’t need a doctor’s prescription either, all of that is taken care for you when you search for blood tests online.
A blood test is the only way to be really sure if something is wrong with your health, on the other hand a blood test can help your doctor to rule out certain conditions, most adults have had blood work ordered at one stage or another, some get a regular check up each year to be on the safe side.
Last and not least a blood test is normally but not always very helpful to your doctor when it comes to evaluating any number of common conditions that aging adults complain of, for example do you feel tired and are low on energy, you may need an anaemia or thyroid function test
Do you feel delerious and confused, blood tests can help your doctor evaluate your electrolytes they may be out of sync because of the side effects of medication or other causes, a blood test can provide detailed information on infections, kidney function and blood lipids. If you are wondering about a specific blood test and where to get a blood test log onto the Health Labs.com website where you will find the specific blood test you are looking for and where to get that blood test done, usually at a draw lo action near you.
Your healthcare and health are personal to you, even though blood tests are in some people’s eyes overused in most cases it is the appropriate thing to do, so if you have read an article, you need a test, you have family history or for any other reason don’t put it off, getting a lab test done near you is so simple, all you have to do is go to this website, pick your blood test, go to the checkout, print off the blood test requisition form and bring it to the nearest CLIA approved lab to have a sample taken.
What are common blood tests?
Blood tests are often described as panels, for example a lipid panel measures cholesterol, a thyroid panel looks at underactive/ overactive thyroid, a basic health panel looks at the health of your body as a whole, I’m going to cover four common panels that are ordered:
1.Complete blood count or CBC
A complete blood count is a mix of tests that measures the number of cells in your blood, the results include the following:
- WBC or white blood cell count is the amount of white blood cells per micro liter of blood
- RBC or red blood cell count is the amount of red blood cells per micro liter of blood
- Hgb or hemoglobin the number if grams of hemoglobin per facility of blood
- MCV or mean corpuscular value measures the average size of your red blood cells
- Hct or Hematocrit measures what fraction of blood is red blood cells
- Plts or platelet count measure the number of platelets per micro liter of blood
What is the CBC used for?
The CBC or complete blood count test is used to test for a number of things for example if the red blood cell count, hematocrit and hemoglobin are below normal values it could mean that anaemia is present, if a patient is fighting infection the white blood cell count will be elevated.
White blood cell count can also go up when medications like corticosteroids are been taken, if the white and red blood cells along with the platelets are low there could be a bone marrow problem, in some cases with older people platelets may be below normal or above normal, further evaluation is required in this case.
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2. Comprehensive lipid cholesterol panel
A comprehensive lipid cholesterol panel is a very common test that measures good and bad cholesterol as well as triglycerides a type of fat in the blood, the lipid panel includes:
- HDL or high density lipoprotein cholesterol or “good” cholesterol
- LDL or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol or “bad” cholesterol (usually calculated on the other 3 results)
- Triglycerides a type of fat
- Total cholesterol
What is the lipid panel used for?
First, you will be asked to fast before this type of test because triglycerides can elevate following eating, this could mean an error in the LDL readings based on the calculation, however scientific evidence has recently concluded that in the majority of cases fasting isn’t necessary because it only has a small impact on the results, however opinion is divided. The comprehensive lipid panel test is used to evaluate your risk of cardiovascular disease, if levels are higher than normal changes in diet or statin medications could be recommended.
3. Basic metabolic panel
A basic metabolic panel measures electrolytes in the bloodstream, sometimes as a single electrolyte or as a panel of 7 or 8 measurements often called a chem-7 that usually includes:
- Carbon dioxide
- Blood urea nitrogen
What is a basic metabolic panel used for?
A basic metabolic panel is often used to check if electrolytes are high or low because in some cases medications can affect these levels especially blood pressure drugs, acidity in the blood can be affected by kidney or lung function or a severe infection so carbon dioxide levels are measured in this case.
Creatinine levels are measured because if they are raised it could be a kidney problem caused by the side effects of medication or dehydration, modern CLIA approved labs use the patient’s creatinine level and age to arrive at estimated glomerular filtration rate meaning how well the kidneys work at filtering.
Glucose levels are measured to get the amount of sugar in the blood, if levels are above normal it could mean that diabetes is present if levels are low it is known as hypoglycemia a condition often caused by medications to control diabetes indicating a need to lower the drug dose. For more information on the basic metabolic panel and where to get a blood test done near you go to this page.
4. Comprehensive metabolic panel
A comprehensive metabolic panel measures all that is included in the basic metabolic panel and goes further to check an extra 7 measurements that include:
- Total protein
- Alkaline phosphatase
- Asparate aminotransferase AST
- Alanine aminotransferase ALT
What is the comprehensive metabolic panel used for?
This panel is used for a number of reasons, it measures calcium because levels are regulated by certain hormones and the kidneys, checks for high or low calcium levels because of associated symptoms that include cognitive disorder that indicate an underlying health condition.
Low albumin levels could indicate a liver problem or a maintenance problem with albumin in the blood, AST and ALT are enzymes found in liver cells, an elevated measurement of these could mean an issue with the liver possibly caused by any number of health conditions.
Bilirubin is measured to check for problems with the gallstones or other issues in the bile ducts, higher levels of alkaline phosphatase could indicate a liver blockage or a problem with bone metabolism.
I hope that you have enough information on where to get a blood test in your area, online blood tests are provided by Health Labs.com in over 4,500 accredited CLIA labs across the USA and beyond, to find out more on affordable lab tests go to this page.