Lab and Blood Tests
Laboratory tests check a sample of blood, urine or body tissues. Your physician may order these tests to show the presence of disease, infection or whether you would respond to a particular therapy.
Why Get Blood Work?
There are many indications for blood tests, such as measuring blood sugar, cholesterol, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, kidney and thyroid problems, and red and white blood cell counts. Drug screenings are commonplace in the hiring process.
Factors That May Affect Blood Tests
A technician or doctor analyzes the test samples to see whether results fall into a normal range. A range is used as levels can differ from one person to another. They’re affected by different factors such as:
- Sex, age and race
- Food or drink
- Medication taken
- How well pre-test instructions were followed
- General health
When You Need a Re-test
Lab tests are often part of a routine checkup to look for changes in health. They are also a useful tool to help doctors diagnose medical conditions, plan or evaluate treatments, and monitor diseases. Results may vary from lab to lab. Your primary care doctor may compare your test results with those taken previously.
Many primary care practices have labs on-site so that samples can be taken and analyzed quickly. Call today and schedule your blood test or lab test – we will get you in fast!