Your blood carries a wealth of information about the health of your body! As such, blood tests are an enormously beneficial resource for doctors and patients, helping with diagnostics and treatment plans for numerous conditions and illnesses. At My Health Reassurance, we are happy to provide laboratory blood testing to any individual that requires blood work!
How many different blood tests are there?
There are a whole host of different types of blood tests! Some standard blood tests include the following:
• Basic and complete metabolic panel test
• Blood culture test, to check for systemic infection
• Blood glucose test, to monitor for diabetes
• Calcium blood test
• Cardiac enzyme test, to check if the heart muscle is damaged, or to indicate if a person has had a heart attack
• Cholesterol and lipid tests, to see how much cholesterol and other fats are in your blood
• Complete blood count (CBC) test
• C-reactive protein (CRP) test, to check for infection or inflammation
• D-dimer test, to monitor for blood clotting issues
• Dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEA-sulfate) serum test
• Enzyme marker tests
• Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) test, to look for inflammation due to the clumping of red blood cells
• Folate test
• HbA1c test, to diagnose and monitor diabetes
• Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) test, to confirm or monitor a pregnancy
• International normalized ratio (INR) test, to test how long it takes for your blood to clot
• Iron studies test, to see how much iron is in your blood
• Kidney function test
• Liver function test
• Magnesium blood test
• Oestrogen blood test
• Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, to monitor prostate cancer
• Sexually transmitted disease (STD) tests
• Testosterone blood test
• Thyroid function test
• Vitamin B12 test
• Vitamin D test
As you might have guessed, the different blood tests are quite far-reaching, providing doctors with an abundance of information about your body!
Can a blood test show an infection in the body?
Blood tests can indeed reveal the presence of an infection in a person’s body. Routine tests such as the complete blood count test help uncover infections in the bloodstream, as well as anemia or cancer. The CBC test detects a virus by counting the number of white blood cells in your blood. When an infection develops, the number of white blood cells increases to attack and neutralize the infection. As such, a higher than the usual amount of white blood cells in your blood could indicate an infection. Another blood test that can uncover the presence of an infection is the blood culture test. This test is used to show if there is an infection in your bloodstream that can affect your entire body, called a systemic infection. The blood culture test examines your blood for bacteria or yeast that is causing the infection.
How do you get a blood test?
Your physician usually orders blood tests. If you would like to get a blood test, the first step is to make an appointment with a physician who can request the blood work to be done for you. The test results will come back to the physician, who can then explain their significance to you. The process of getting a blood test is relatively simple. A vial of blood is drawn from your arm for each test and then analyzed in a lab. Some tests require fasting for a certain amount of time before the test, but your physician will let you know if you need to do this for your blood test.
If you need blood work to be done, come to My Health Reassurance! We have excellent on-site laboratory services at our clinic. Please call us or schedule an appointment through our website. You can find My Health Reassurance at 5526 Old National Highway, in Suite A of Building A, in Atlanta, Georgia.