A blood test is a laboratory analysis performed on a blood sample that is usually extracted from a vein in the arm using a needle, or via a finger prick.
Multiple tests for specific blood components (such as a glucose test or a cholesterol test) are often grouped together into one test panel called a blood panel or blood work.
Blood tests are often used in health care to determine physiological and biochemical states, such as disease, mineral content, pharmaceutical drug effectiveness, and organ function. Typical clinical blood panels include a complete or basic metabolic panel and a complete blood cell count.
It is helpful for patients to have blood work done before coming to their initial consultation or follow-up visit.
Have you had any blood work done in the last 6 months?
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