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:
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:
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:
Often the first test performed to check for prediabetes and diabetes. You can’t eat for eight hours before this test.
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.
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.
A urinalysis is an examines urine’s physical, chemical, and microscopic appearance. A urinalysis may be done for numerous reasons, including:
They can also be done as part of a routine exam to screen for early signs of disease.
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:
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.