Your Lab Work
Visits to your primary care physician are not always about a pain concern or an issue with your body. During the office visit, your blood work results should be discussed, with you, by the physician. You should have a working knowledge about what your blood is revealing about your health. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the meaning of the tests.
These are some lab tests that you should know about, annually, and the information provided to the physician:
• CBC: low blood count or an infection
• PSA: status of prostate gland
• Lipid profile: heart disease
• A1C: status of diabetes
• Uric acid level: gout
• Positive or negative test for HIV or herpes
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Thaddeus J. Bell, MD
I am Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.
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