Medical professionals use blood tests to help them make an accurate diagnosis or monitor a patient’s condition. The tests can tell providers things about your body that the symptoms or physical exam won’t reveal. Blood tests are one of the most common medical procedures available. You may hear people call it “blood work,” as well. There are many ways that technicians in a blood lab can analyze the samples. In common blood tests, the technician puts the sample in a centrifuge, which separates the serum from other parts of the blood, allowing them to get a better look at the sample. In other procedures, technicians examine blood under a microscope or through other specialized machines.
Blood work is usually not enough on its own to diagnose a disease. Instead, it gives medical providers helpful information that they use alongside results of other tests, the patient’s symptoms, and the physical exam in order to make a diagnosis.
There are a myriad of symptoms that might prompt someone to get blood work done. Outside of that, certain conditions may warrant semi-frequent, or frequent, blood tests.
You live with a chronic condition
Symptoms you were seen for return, or worsen, after initial checkup
Any symptom of illness that worries you may warrant a blood test
Your provider suggests getting blood work done
The type of blood test that will be administered is dependent on a few factors like age or whether it is a specialized blood test.
Blood tests may be done as part of another appointment in our clinic. If you know that you need a blood test and do not yet have an appointment, call your local Center of Advanced Wellness location, book an appointment and make sure to fast for at least 12 hours prior to your appointment.
Wondering about your upcoming blood work? We have answers to common questions about blood work.
If you have insurance, your cost will depend on your coverage. If you don’t have insurance or your deductible is simply too high, consider our membership plans. Options start at $50 per month for adults and bring your copays at our clinic to just $10.
This depends on your insurance and the type of blood panel that is ordered for testing. If you’re worried about cost, consider our membership options. It’s often much cheaper than insurance because we pass on our discounted lab prices to our members.
You will feel a small pinch or sting when the needle is inserted, but the pain fades within seconds. You may have some soreness in the site afterwards, but it should be manageable with over the counter medications. Most patients experience no pain after the initial sting.
Yes, in general you should fast before any blood work. This usually entails not eating or drinking anything except water for 8 to 12 hours prior to the test. For exact details of your particular test, contact your provider.
If your specialist has suggested getting blood work done, or you need a blood test for chronic illness management, you can trust the providers at Center of Advanced Wellness.