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Blood Draw (Overview)

Needle removal of blood from your arm by a vacuum tube or syringe.


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How to keep from fainting at blood draw?

How to keep from fainting at blood draw?

Tell phlebotomist: If you know that you faint after blood draw, tell the person drawing your blood before the procedure, so that they may position you accordingly and ensure that you rest for a while after the blood draw. It may help to be properly hydrated before coming for blood draw. ...Read more

Blood Draw (Overview)

Needle removal of blood from your arm by a vacuum tube or syringe.


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What is the definition or description of: blood draw?

What is the definition or description of: blood draw?

Blood- needle remova: Needle removal of blood from your arm by a vacuum tube or syringe. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
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Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
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Take your meds as instructed without fail
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If you take lithium in the morning can you switch it up to night for one time to get an accurate 12 hr blood draw the next day?

If you take lithium in the morning can you switch it up to night for one time to get an accurate 12 hr blood draw the next day?

Try night time dose: A one-time night dose of lithium 12 hours before blood level the next morning should give approximate lithium level to guide your doctor. Be sure to discuss first with prescribing doctor so he/she can properly interpret your lithium level. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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Redness & pain at blood draw site?

Redness & pain at blood draw site?

It depends: If you just had your blood drawn, then there is red swelling and pain, then some extra blood might have leaked under the skin. This will go away with time. If it has been a few days since you had your blood drawn, then you might be dealing with an infection, and you need to have your doctor check it out. You can put on some topical antibiotic and a bandaid, and call your doctor. ...Read more

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How many points should your cortisol drop from a am and pm blood draw?

How many points should your cortisol drop from a am and pm blood draw?

See below: There is a range of values that needs to be assessed by the doctor who orders the test. Visit this site for more info. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2088826-overview ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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