Having routine blood work/tests done is an important step anyone should be taking to monitor and improve the health of their body. While there are many things you can do to improve your overall health (like exercise, proper diet, healthy sleeping habits, etc.), it’s not always possible to know what the most effective method is to improve your health until you’ve had blood work tests done.
So what are blood work tests? Getting routine blood work done will help doctors check for specific medical conditions and diseases, as well as the ability to monitor the overall health of organs. Blood work tests can also help to analyze how effective certain forms of treatment are working, depending on the treatment itself and what’s being treated.
Organs in the body, like the heart, thyroid, liver, kidneys, etc., can be monitored and their health assessed through routine blood work. This will ensure that they’re in good condition or if not, can provide the doctor with the right information to recommend some treatment options to get your body back in good condition.
Some diseases like anemia, diabetes, AIDS/HIV, heart disease, cancer, and more can be diagnosed through routine blood work tests, which is why it’s so important to make these blood work tests a recurring step in maintaining the health of your body.
Blood tests are also a great option to analyze how effective your current medications are. In some cases, medication may have proved to be useful at first, but overtime has reduced in effectiveness. With a routine blood test, you can monitor the results and effectiveness of certain medications to determine whether or not it’s still worth taking them.
Below are a few of the most common questions people have about blood tests:
How do I prepare for a blood test?
Generally there are little to no preparations needed for a blood test. In some cases, you may be asked not to fast for up to 12 hours prior to the test. Your doctor will always let you know whether or not you need to fast or if other preparations are necessary.
How long until you get I blood test/lab results?
In most cases you can get your blood test/lab results within 24 hours of your test, depending on the type of test you take. However, some tests can take much longer (days to weeks).
Can a blood test show if I have cancer?
A blood test may help to detect certain blood related cancers if blood cell count abnormalities are found, but other types of tests will help to confirm whether or not cancer is present.
It’s worth noting that blood tests aren’t going to be the only line of defense when it comes to diagnosing a health problem, but they can help to spot problems not apparent on the surface, or as a complement to other tests and diagnoses.
Contact us today at Metro Urgent Care to learn more about routine blood work and how our urgent care centers can assist with monitoring your overall health. We welcome walk-in patients at any of our urgent care centers within our network. We want you to get back to good health as soon as possible, and many health problems begin to be treated after a blood test will narrow the possibilities down.