Quick Descriptions of 2015 Community Blood Tests
A combination of routine blood tests that give an annual 'snapshot' of your health status
CBC - Complete Blood Count includes your Red Blood Cells, White Blood
Cells & Platelets. A good test for anemia, infection, inflammation &
general health status.
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel - frequently ordered panel of tests that gives your doctor important information about the current status of your kidneys, liver, and electrolyte and acid/base balance as well as of your blood sugar and blood proteins.
Lipid Panel - The lipid profile is a group of tests that are often ordered together to determine risk of coronary heart disease. They are tests that have been shown to be good indicators of whether someone is likely to have a heart attack or stroke caused by blockage of blood vessels or hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). The lipid profile typically includes:
HgbA1c Glycohemoglobin SCREEN
HgbA1c - Also called the Glycohemoglobin test.The goal of those with diabetes is to keep their blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible. This helps to minimize the complications caused by chronically elevated glucose levels, which can result in progressive damage to body organs like the kidneys, eyes, cardiovascular system and nerves. The A1c test result gives a picture of the average amount of glucose in the blood over the last few months. This can help the diabetic person and their doctor know if the measures that are being taken to control the diabetes are successful or need to be adjusted.
TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) - A TSH blood test is used to check for thyroid gland problems.TSH causes the thyroid gland to make two hormones: triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). T3 and T4 help control your body's metabolism. The American Thyroid Association guidelines for 2012 recommend screening for hypothyroidism should be considered in patients over the age of 60.
PSA - A prostate-specific antigen test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen in the blood. PSA is released into a man's blood by his prostate gland. Healthy men have low amounts of PSA in the blood. The amount of PSA in the blood normally increases as a man's prostate enlarges with age. PSA may increase because of inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis) or prostate cancer. For men who wished to be screened, the American Cancer Society recommends that healthy men of average risk consider waiting to get tested until age 50; for those at high risk, such as African American men and men with a family history of the disease, the recommendation is to consider beginning testing at age 40-45.
* Please note: Physicians order these tests for many reasons and the above descriptions
are just a few of the conditions that would prompt ordering these labs.