Lab Test and Blood Work
A regular lab test and blood work is the essential way to track your overall health. Getting tested at routine intervals can help you see how the body changes over time. If you have any concerning signs and symptoms, it’s vital to see the doctor for the proper lab and blood test.
Fortunately, GuruMD offers lab tests and blood work. Here are the basics.
What is Lab Test and Blood Work?
Lab tests and blood work contains vital information about your health. Usually, healthcare providers recommend that their patients get routine blood work done at least once a year, which is the same time as the annual physical. There are a variety of reasons for getting a blood test, such as experiencing persistent and unusual symptoms, optimizing your health, and reducing particular diseases and complications.
What Do Lab Tests and Blood Work Look For?
Here are common factors that the lab tests and blood work look for:
Complete Blood Cell Count (CBC)
The CBC test for different components which includes red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, hemoglobin, and hematocrit. With these results, it can help diagnose a variety of disorders such as cancer, infection, tissue inflammation, heart conditions, iron deficiency, bone marrow problems, and vitamin B 6 or B 12 deficiency.
Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP)
BMP checks for particular compounds of the blood like calcium, glucose, electrolytes, potassium, sodium, chloride, carbon dioxide, creatinine, and blood urea nitrogen. An abnormal blood test may indicate diabetes, a hormone imbalance, or kidney disease.
Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP)
The CMP measures everything from the BMP as well as additional substance and proteins related to the liver like total protein, albumin, bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and alanine aminotransferase (ALT).
Lipid panels can test for high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is the ‘good’ cholesterol, and it helps remove harmful substances to help the liver break them down into wastes. This is why a high amount of HDL is considered good. LDLD, on the other hand, is bad cholesterol and develops plaque that can clog up the artery, so it's essential to keep the LDL levels low.
Thyroid panel checks for TSH, T4, and T3. A low T4 and T3 level with high TSH signifies a low thyroid hormone or hypothyroidism, which will require thyroid medications. However, high T3 and T4 levels with low TSH indicates high thyroid hormone or hyperthyroidism, which will require anti-thyroid medicines.
Many STDs can be diagnosed with a blood test. This includes STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, syphilis, and herpes. These tests are often combined with a urine sample or swab for a more accurate diagnosis.
The coagulation panel measures how well the body clots and reacts to blood. The test will include the prothrombin time test (PT), partial prothrombin time (PTT), and fibrinogen activity tests. The primary function of the clot is to stop you from bleeding after a cut. The results of this test can help diagnose vitamin K deficiency, thrombosis, liver conditions, and excessive bleeding.
Keep in mind that the test varies based on the patient’s health and underlying condition that affects the clot.
How Does GuruMD Provide Lab Tests and Blood Work?
The first thing that GuruMD would do is to provide a board-certified physician to initiate a thorough interview to jot down the patient’s medical history and symptoms.
Afterward, the doctor will send the patient to a lab to obtain a lab test and blood work, which would be sent back to the doctor for an evaluation.
During a follow-up visit online, the physician will be able to diagnose the condition based on the results from the lab tests and blood work.
Once diagnosed, the provider will prescribe a particular type of medication and send it to the patient's pharmacist so that they can pick it up.
With that in mind, if you are experiencing any symptoms? Register for your GuruMD account now to get the lab test, blood work, and treatment that you need.