A blood test is a valuable tool for managing health conditions like high cholesterol and diabetes while also offering insight into disease diagnosis and prevention. Dr. Stevanovic has more than 25 years’ experience as an internal medicine physician, providing health care services and a wide range of blood tests to adults in Ithaca, NY, and the surrounding communities.
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Blood Test Q&A
What is a blood test?
A blood test is an analytical tool that can lead to a proper diagnosis of various conditions. It is used to check organ function, to look for disease, and to evaluate the effectiveness of certain medical treatments.
Hormone panels are performed to identify hormone imbalance or dysfunction that might include lipids, thyroid gland, adrenal system, sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and DHEA.
Blood chemistry panels
Numerous blood chemistry panels can identify issues in several areas of the body, such as the liver, kidneys, thyroid, and respiratory system.
Cholesterol tests measure levels of good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol in the body as well as the total cholesterol and triglycerides.
Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing
A blood or urine sample tests for most STDs, including syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, and HIV. Dr. Stevanovic might recommend other tests, depending on your health and symptoms.
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
A CBC is one of the most common blood tests and is often part of the annual wellness exam. A CBC analyzes various aspects of the blood, including: platelets, hematocrit, hemoglobin, red and white blood cells, mean corpuscular volume.
In most cases, a CBC isn’t used to make a health diagnosis on its own. Dr. Stevanovic reviews the test results in combination with your physical exam and general health to identify potential issues. Based on his findings, he might recommend additional tests to confirm CBC findings.
What can I expect during a blood test appointment?
Most blood tests require little preparation, though certain tests require fasting in advance. If necessary, Dr. Stevanovic will provide additional instructions before your appointment.
During your blood test, a team member draws a blood sample from your arm or finger. This is a quick and simple procedure with little discomfort. Following the lab analysis of your sample, Dr. Stevanovic reviews your results and contacts you if additional action is needed.
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