5 Most Asked Questions Regarding Lab Work
Lab work is a requirement for accurate diagnoses and for ensuring your body is fit for certain medications. At the Center for Health, we see many patients who require lab work, and we have added the convenience of lab draws right here in our office. Regular lab work is an important factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and at times it is even an absolute necessity. When it comes to scheduling lab work in Reno, we want you to be well informed. Here is a list of the five most common questions we see at our Reno health clinic about preparing for a draw.
1. What do I need to bring? One of the benefits of having the blood work drawn at our downtown Reno doctor’s office is that we have all the paperwork you need right here. We would suggest bringing your insurance card and identification, but beyond that we have you covered.
2. Do I have to fast before the draw? This depends on the test, but in general you do not have to fast unless your doctor has ordered a fasting glucose, fasting lipid panel, fasting metabolic panel, fasting cholesterol, HDL or tryglyceride. If you are uncertain, be sure to ask.
3. How long do I have to fast? Commonly, the answer is 12 hours. If there is a difference, we will let you know. Keep in mind, fasting means not eating or drinking anything except water.
4. If I fast, do I still take my regular medications? This is a very good question, and should be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Some medications you will continue to take, others you will avoid; it all depends what impact the certain medications will have on your lab results.
5. How long does it take to get the results? Most tests will have the results back to our Reno health clinic within a week. There are certain specialized tests that will take longer.
Hopefully, this answers your questions about lab work. However, if you still have more, the staff at our independently owned Reno doctor’s office is always here to answer any and all questions you may have.