Lawrence Kidd, MD, PC -  - Internal Medicine

Lawrence G. Kidd, MD, PC

Internal Medicine & Infectious Disease Physician located in Lawrence, MA

In-house Laboratory Specialist

Internists like Dr. Lawrence Kidd are specially trained to solve puzzling problems and get to the bottom of your medical issues. To do this accurately and efficiently, internal medicine specialists often require a variety of lab tests. For his patients’ convenience, Dr. Kidd offers services such as lipid panels, glucose testing (including hemoglobin A1c), urinalysis, and echocardiograms at his Lawrence, Massachusetts, office’s in-house laboratory.

In-House Laboratory

What is a lipid panel and when should I get one?

A lipid panel is a test that measures the fats in your blood. Your body needs these fats for energy, and maintaining healthy lipid levels is essential for heart health. Dr. Kidd may use a lipid panel as part of a cardiac risk assessment so that he can develop a plan for prevention and treatment of heart disease.

A lipid panel typically measures:

  • Total cholesterol
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, often called "good cholesterol"
  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, often called "bad cholesterol"
  • Triglycerides

You should talk to Dr. Kidd about when you should get a lipid panel, but the general guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend cholesterol tests for:

  • Men 35 and older
  • Men 20 to 35 who have risk factors for heart disease
  • Women 20 and older who have risk factors for heart disease

What is glucose testing?

A glucose test measures the amount of sugar, or glucose, in your blood. Glucose testing is often used to help screen for and diagnose prediabetes and diabetes, and to monitor glucose levels in people with diabetes. There are a few different types of glucose tests, including:

Fasting blood sugar

Often the first test performed to check for prediabetes and diabetes. You can’t eat for eight hours before this test.

Random blood sugar

Also called a casual blood sugar test, this test measures glucose at random times throughout the day. Blood glucose levels that vary widely may indicate a problem.

Hemoglobin A1c

This test measures how much glucose is stuck to your red blood cells. This test can be used to diagnose diabetes or to see how well diabetes is being controlled.

What is a urinalysis and when is it performed?

A urinalysis is an examines urine’s physical, chemical, and microscopic appearance. A urinalysis may be done for numerous reasons, including:

  • Diagnosing a urinary tract infection
  • Checking for blood in the urine
  • Screening for or monitoring diabetes or kidney disease

They can also be done as part of a routine exam to screen for early signs of disease.

What is an echocardiogram (EKG)?

An EKG is a type of ultrasound test that uses sound waves to produce live, moving images of your heart. EKGs are used to determine heart health and detect problems with the valves or chambers of your heart. An EKG can help find:

  • Blood clots
  • Fluid in the sac around the heart
  • Problems with the aorta (the main artery)

Dr. Kidd offers many other lab tests and services at his Lawrence, Massachusetts, office. To schedule a test or a consultation today, call the office or book an appointment online.

Lawrence Kidd, MD, PC
25 Marston Street, Suite 401
Lawrence, MA 01841
Phone: 978-682-3686
Fax: 978-794-0841
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