Lab Descriptions

What do these terms mean?

Hemoglobin A1c
This is a lab test used to measure how well your diabetes has been managed.

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AST
This is one of the lab tests used to monitor your liver and determine possible damage to your liver.

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ALT
This is one of the lab tests used to monitor your liver and determine possible damage to your liver.

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Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP)
This is a series of tests done to evaluate the electrolytes in your blood, along with tests to evaluate the function and health of your kidneys.

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BNP
This test is used to monitor fluid overload and is often used to help measure the status of congestive heart failure.

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CBC
A series of tests that are used to monitor your blood counts including white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets.


Hemoglobin
This is a test that is used to evaluate for possible anemia.

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INR
This test is done to check on how thin your blood is and to evaluate the effectiveness of anti-coagulation medications like Coumadin.

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Lipid Panel
This is a series of tests used to evaluate the level of total cholesterol, HDL ("good" cholesterol), LDL ("bad" cholesterol) and triglycerides in your blood.

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Platelets
This is a test used to check for the number of platelets in the blood, which help with clotting the blood and stopping bleeding.

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TSH
This is a test that is used to determine the status of thyroid function.

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WBC
This is a test used to evaluate the number of white blood cells in the blood, which can be used to help check for possible infections.

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