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CBC Test or Complete Blood Count With Differential is a test used to measure blood abnormalities, it is one of the most common tests used to monitor overall health status.
CBC measures certain blood cells such as Red Blood Cells, White Blood Cells, and Platelets and seeks to explain a variety of conditions and/or diseases such as Anemia, Leukemia, and infections -among others- and check symptoms such as fatigue, weakness or bruising.
CMP Test or Comprehensive Metabolic Panel Blood Test is an initial broad screening tool used to evaluate organ function and electrolyte balance, it also aids in the determination of certain conditions such as diabetes, liver disease and kidney disease or for monitoring treatments related to liver and kidney.
CMP is usually ordered as part of a routine health check.
The CMP or Chem-14 includes tests for:
• Liver function (ALP, ALT, AST, Bilirubin)
• Kidney function (BUN, Creatinine)
• Electrolytes and fluid balance (Sodium, Potassium, Carbon Dioxide, Chloride)
• Proteins (Albumin, Total Protein)
• Blood Sugar (Glucose)
Lipid Panel Test measures fats and fatty substances which are used by your body as a source of energy. Lipids include cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Lipids are found in your blood and stored in tissues.
High cholesterol usually has no signs or symptoms so the test helps in the evaluation of heart disease and also monitors existing conditions, genetic diseases and the effectiveness of certain treatments.
Lipid Panel Test includes: low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides.
The ANA Blood Test checks Antinuclear Antibody levels to screen for autoimmune diseases.
An autoimmune disease is a situation where the body’s immune system is not working properly and can attack the body’s own cells and tissues.
Typical autoimmune diseases are: Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis, and symptoms may include: weight loss, fever, skin rash, joint pain, teredness.
TSH Blood Test or Thyroid Function Blood Test measures the level of Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). The quantity of TSH has a direct impact on the levels of thyroid hormones causing either over-active thyroid or under-active thyroid regulating the thyroid gland is important because the thyroid produces several hormones which can stimulate or shut down certain processes in the body.
TSH Blood Test or Thyroid Function Blood Test helps detect hyperthyroidism whose symptoms may include: weight loss, rapid heart rate, nervousness, diarrhea, irregular menstrual periods and hypothyroidism whose symptoms are: weight gain, dry skin, constipation, tiredness, frequent menstrual periods.
Ferritin Test measures the level of iron in your blood. Your body relies on iron in red blood cells to carry oxygen to all its cells.
Without enough iron, your red blood cells will be unable to supply enough oxygen. However, too much iron isn’t good for your body either. Both high and low iron levels may indicate a serious underlying problem.
If you suspect that you’re experiencing an iron deficiency or an iron overload, you may order a Ferritin Test.
Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy Test measures the amount of vitamin D in the body. Vitamin D helps regulate calcium and phosphate. Concentrations of Vitamin D provide a picture of renal health, also a deficiency of vitamin D can lead to bone weakness, bad teeth, increased risk of a heart attack, cancer, respiratory disorders and immune system dysfunction.
The body gets vitamin D from the skin (through exposure to the sun) and from certain foods and supplements.
Testosterone ,Free Test measures the total and freely circulating Testosterone.
Testosterone is a vital hormone in both men and women, abnormal quantities can impact quality of life.
Low Testosterone levels in men can lead to lower sex drive, erectile dysfunction, low energy, low muscle mass, memory loss, etc. In women, abnormal Testosterone could cause male physical traits (facial hair, lower voice).
DHEA Sulfate Test measures DHEA’s levels in the blood.
DHEA -S (Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate) assists in the development of certain male sexual characteristics at puberty.
This test helps evaluate women with excess facial hair or other male characteristics and also assess fertility and lack of menstrual periods. Elevated DHEA could be a consequence of an Adrenal tumor.
The test helps understand certain symptoms like weakness, low energy, low sex drive and infertility.
FSH Test is used to measure the level of Follicle-Stimulating Hormones (FSH).
FSH is an important hormone in the process of reproduction by helping the body develop eggs in women and sperm in men.
FSH Test is important to assess fertility in women and to measure ovulation. Abnormal high or low levels of FSH may result in infertility in women. Low levels of FSH in men can affect sperm production.
The LH (Luteinizing Hormone) test measures the LH levels in the blood.
The LH Hormone influences the reproductive organs and is ordered to evaluate fertility.
In women LH plays an important role in ovarian maturation and Estradiol levels. LH is an indicator that ovulation has occurred, it is a fertility signal for anyone trying to get pregnant.
In men LH is involved in the elaboration of testosterone and is associated with men’s sexual drive.
Prolactin Test measures the amount of prolactin in the blood. Prolactin is a hormone whose primary role is to promote breast milk production (lactation). It is normally elevated in women during pregnancy and just after childbirth. It is normally low in men and non-pregnant women.
Get tested to help investigate unexplained flow of breast milk (galactorrhea), abnormal nipple discharge, absence of menstrual periods, and/or infertility in women; in men, to help diagnose the cause of decreased libido and/or erectile dysfunction; to detect and monitor a pituitary tumor that produces prolactin (prolactinoma)