Anemia (Iron Panel and HGB)—Anemia is a condition that occurs when the number of red blood cells and/or the amount of hemoglobin found in the red blood cells drops below normal. This test measures hemoglobin and evaluates the iron stores in the body.
Complete Blood Count—As an indicator of general health, this test counts all the cells that make up your blood. White cells, red cells, and platelets are all evaluated in this test.
Diabetic A1c—This test evaluates blood sugar control for individuals who have, or are at risk for, diabetes. The A1c test shows the average glucose in the blood during the last two to three months. The Estimated Average Glucose (EAG) is provided with the A1c test and screens for diabetes and pre-diabetes.
Baseline Electrocardiogram (EKG) Screening—With a baseline EKG screening, the electrical activity of your heart is recorded on paper and read by your healthcare team. The pattern of your heart signals can tell your doctor whether your heart is normal, under stress, or experiencing strain or damage. At Riverview Health, a computerized system stores your baseline EKG keeping it readily available for your healthcare team.
Glucose—This test determines if your blood glucose level is within healthy ranges and tests for hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, diabetes and pre-diabetes.
Heart health (Lipids, hs-CRP and Homosysteine)—This group of tests is used to assess the risk of coronary heart disease. The lipid test includes total cholesterol, HDL (high density lipoprotein cholesterol), often called good cholesterol, LDL (low density lipoprotein cholesterol), often called bad cholesterol, and triglycerides.
Hemoglobin (HGB)—This test measures your amount of hemoglobin, a part of the red blood cell that carries oxygen from the lungs throughout the body. It also returns carbon dioxide back to the lungs to be exhaled from the body. If your hemoglobin levels are low, you may have anemia, a condition in which your body is not getting enough oxygen, causing fatigue and weakness.
High-sensitivity CRP—The high-sensitivity CRP level is used to assess the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Homocysteine—This test measures your levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that is produced by the body, usually as a byproduct of consuming meat. Elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood may be associated with atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries) as well as an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clot formation and possibly Alzheimer’s disease.
Kidney function (BMP)—This test measures current status of your kidneys, blood sugar, electrolyte, and acid/base balance. This test also measures albumin and phosphorus, which test for liver or kidney disease.
Liver function—This test screens for liver inflammation and damage.
Prostate (PSA)— This test evaluates prostate health and can identify individuals at risk for prostate cancer.
Thyroid (TSH and Free T4)—This test evaluates thyroid function and/or symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. The test includes a thyroid stimulating hormone test and a free T4 test. T4, or thyroxine, is a hormone produced by the thyroid gland.
Vitamin B12/Folate—B12 and folate are B complex vitamins that are necessary for normal red blood cell formation, tissue and cellular repair, and DNA synthesis. This tests for deficiencies in either B12 or folate.