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Blood Tests (Overview)

Blood is usually drawn from your arm for medical studies.


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Blood tests of levels pancreadits?

Blood tests   of levels  pancreadits?

Pancreatitis: Typical tests done include amylase and lipase. Amylase can be elevated due to other problems, so lipase is more specific. Any elevation indicates a problem. Lab values are specific to the lab used. Severe pancreatitis can elevate the lipase into the 1000's. Even a small elevation above normal can cause severe pain. ...Read more

Blood Tests (Overview)

Blood is usually drawn from your arm for medical studies.


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Do i need to fast before blood tests?

Do i need to fast before blood tests?

Depends: Depending on what kind of blood tests are being done, you may need to fast. If you are having a metabolic panel, liver panel or cholesterol panel you will need to fast. Probably would be best if you check with your ordering physician to make sure that you understand what you need to do. This will make you avoid potentially abnormal results or the need for a repeat test later. ...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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How often are blood tests inaccurate?

How often are blood tests inaccurate?

It depends: What is your idea of "accurate"? The lab test results need to be interpreted in the context of the clinical condition. Different tests have different sensitivity, specificity and predictive values. These characteristic vary with the population under consideration, e.g., the HIV screening tests have different performance when used on drug addicts vs. Observant nuns. ...Read more

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What for m v. C. Mean for blood tests?

What for m v. C. Mean for blood tests?

Mean Cell Volume: You probably meant mcv. Mean corpuscular volume or mean cell volume - MCV is a measure of the average red blood cell volume. In case of anemia - it can help differentiate between different types of causes of anemia. ...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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Can recent chocolate affect blood tests?

How recent?: If you fasted 12 hours before the test, a moderate intake of chocolate, prior to that, is not likely to affect test results. ...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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How reliable are fingerstick blood tests?

How reliable are fingerstick blood tests?

Very reliable: There is a specific technique that miust be followed when doing finger sticks. If the procedure is properly performed the results are quite reliable. They will be within about 5% of a simultaneous venous blood test. ...Read more

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