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The Importance of Blood Tests

You probably know how often you can go between haircuts, bikini waxes, manicures and pedicures. Unfortunately, very little, if any, seem to remember when they’re due for certain health screenings.

Regular blood testing is part of maintaining optimal health. More often than not, people fall victim to a disease that could have been prevented had the proper blood test been done on a regular basis.

In the past, doctors used blood tests just to ascertain cardiovascular risk factors for their patients. Later on, they have realized that regular blood testing not only helps them identify the risk factors, it can also aid in the detection of numerous health problems that are fairly easy to correct provided that they are caught on time.

Calcium overload, a condition that is caused by the removal of too much calcium in the bone, is one good example of those conditions that could easily be prevented. Unless discovered by a blood exam, patients are unaware that they have a calcium imbalance. Worse, they’ll only find out about the condition after they have a heart valve failure, a painful kidney stone (renal calculi) or a crippling bone fracture, which are often manifested a few years after the calcium imbalance first began.

A simple and inexpensive blood chemistry could have detected this problem. Thus, allowing the doctor to prevent the disease from progressing and causing irreversible damage.

Important blood tests to remember

Need a refresher course on your recommended screenings? No problem. We have put together a list of the most important blood tests to help you remember what needs to be checked.

Complete blood count

CBC is one of the most common blood tests and is usually a part of a routine checkup. Testing all blood components, this test can help detect blood diseases like immune system disorders, blood cancers, clotting problems, infections and anemia.

Blood chemistry/blood metabolic panel

This test measures the different chemicals in the body. Plus, it can give the doctor some information about your organs (liver and kidney), bones and muscles, including the heart.

Blood tests to asses heart diseases

A type of blood test that can determine whether or not you’re at risk of coronary heart disease is lipoprotein panel. Here, they look at substances that in your blood that carry cholesterol.