Blood testing offers the ability to gain insight into how well your body’s organs and systems are functioning. Also commonly called blood work, these tests can reveal an astounding volume of information using just a small sample of blood.
Blood testing is part of routine health care, but you might not need to have blood drawn every year. People with chronic health diseases may need more frequent blood testing to monitor their condition and determine how well drug therapy or other treatments are working.
A complete blood count (CBC) is a common type of blood test. This testing measures your white and red blood cells, hemoglobin, and platelets. A basic metabolic panel is another common component of blood testing and measures levels of chemicals like calcium, glucose, and electrolytes.
Blood enzyme testing is useful in determining your heart health, and cholesterol and triglyceride tests are also great ways to learn more about heart function. There are even tests that assess your blood’s clotting function.
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a medical test that records the electrical signals within your heart. It’s a great way to check for common heart problems, including:
Having an EKG is painless and completely noninvasive. There’s no need for advance preparation or recovery time. You simply relax on the exam table or bed while your provider attaches special sensors called electrodes to your body. You’ll remain still for a few moments while the system measures electrical activity in your heart.
Pulmonary function tests assess your lung function. They are a powerful diagnostic tool for numerous lung disorders, including:
Pulmonary function tests are also commonly used as part of the pre-op exam process, which works to ensure you are healthy enough to go through a surgical procedure.
The process of having pulmonary function testing done is simple and painless. You’ll simply breathe through a sterile mouthpiece and follow directions as to when and how deeply to breathe in and out.
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