Summit Primary Care
Family Medicine located in Denver, CO, Colorado Springs, CO, Pueblo, CO & La Junta, CO
Blood tests represent one of the most fundamental methods for diagnosing the cause of your symptoms and generally checking on your overall health. The experienced team at Summit Primary Care takes care of your diagnostic needs by performing blood draws in the office. They also specialize in techniques that help anxious patients successfully have their blood drawn. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, La Junta, or Pueblo, Colorado, or book online today.
Blood Draw Q & A
When might I need a blood draw?
You might need a blood test to:
- Evaluate the function of your heart, kidneys, liver, or thyroid gland
- Diagnose diseases such as diabetes, anemia, and high cholesterol
- Identify your risk for chronic health conditions like heart disease
- Monitor the effectiveness and side effects of medications
- Determine if you have a nutritional deficiency
Your provider at Summit Primary Care may recommend a blood test even if you don’t have symptoms of a health issue. They can use the information to optimize your health and create a plan to prevent future health problems.
What type of blood test might I need?
Blood tests measure a wide range of substances, from the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream and levels of heavy metals to a vast array of biomarkers.
A few of the most common blood tests include:
Complete blood count (CBC)
A CBC measures blood components such as red and white blood cells, platelets, and hemoglobin. This test identifies blood disorders, as well as body-wide health problems such as immune system problems and nutritional deficiencies.
Blood lipid profile
A blood lipid profile reveals your blood levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.
Your provider runs a blood glucose test to diagnose pre-diabetes and diabetes.
This biomarker indicates the presence of inflammation, infections, and heart disease.
Liver function tests
Your provider may run a series of blood tests to assess the health of your liver.
Basic metabolic panel (BMP)
The BMP includes eight tests showing glucose and electrolytes levels and providing information about the health of your kidneys, muscles, and nerves.
How do I prepare for a blood draw?
Many people have a fear of needles but can tolerate blood draws. Others have such anxiety or needle phobia they can’t get the testing done.
Don’t hesitate to let the team at Summit Primary Care know if you have a hard time with blood draws. They have several techniques to help relieve your stress and make it through the procedure.
You may need to fast before your blood draw, depending on the type of test. Your provider gives you instructions to ensure your test results are accurate.
If you have questions about blood draws, call Summit Primary Care or book an appointment online today.