Yes. Having blood drawn and evaluated at the in-house lab at Gadh Family Practice helps Dr. Gadh determine organ and system functionality. This testing shows how well your thyroid, liver, kidneys, and heart are working. So if any of the biomarkers are out of normal ranges, Dr. Gadh will be able to tell right away and send you for more testing. He can also refer you to a specialist if something in your blood raises a serious concern.
If you’re taking any kind of prescription medication for health reasons, like for lowering your cholesterol, for example, blood work can show that it’s working properly, or not. Then if your medication needs to be adjusted or changed, Dr. Gadh can then make the necessary changes in your prescription.
Routine blood work is also beneficial for checking for risk factors for chronic health conditions. It can show if you have a risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and inflammatory disease, among others.
Dr. Gadh will determine exactly which blood tests you need. But usually routine blood work consists of:
The complete blood count breaks down all components of your blood to see if you have proper amounts of each blood cell. It evaluates you red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, hemoglobin, hematocrit, and mean corpuscular volume (mean cell volume, or MCV). The blood glucose test accounts for the amount of glucose (blood sugar) in your blood, while the lipoprotein panel evaluates good and bad cholesterol levels.
It depends on the test. For some, you have to completely fast —nothing by mouth —for a certain period of time before you have your blood drawn. Others allow you to at least have water beforehand. If some sort of fasting is required, most patients prefer to schedule blood work first thing in the morning, so you don’t have to fast all day. In some cases, you don’t even have to do anything special before having your blood drawn.
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