"Blood work" refers to a laboratory analysis performed on a blood sample that is usually extracted from a vein in the arm using a needle, or via fingerprick. Blood tests are used to determine numerous things like physiological and biochemical states, diseases, drug levels, drug effectiveness, and organ function. Although the term blood test/work is used, most routine tests are done on blood plasma instead of blood cells.
Many different hormone therapies and treatments require you to have your blood tested so our Doctors are able to analyze the results and select the treatment plan that best suits the current state and needs of your body. If you've recently had blood work done, you can bring your results with you to your consultation. If you haven't had a recent blood analysis, don't worry. If you need one, we can now do blood draws right in the office for those interested in paying cash. It only takes 48 hours to have the results back which is a much quicker turn around than with other labs. If you would like to use your insurance we'll be happy to help you find a convenient location of a lab that accepts your insurance provider.
Things to Remember If Having Blood Work Done
- Find out ahead of time if the test(s) your going to have requires you to do anything beforehand. Some diagnostic tests require you to fast 10 - 12 hours before your blood is drawn. Learn from our Doctors if your blood work will require this to avoid having to do it all over again.
- When you go, bring your proof of health insurance and a government issued identification form.
- Drink plenty of water before you have your blood drawn. Water keeps your body hydrated and increases blood volume.
- If you are scared or uncomfortable with needles tell the phlebotomist (the person drawing your blood) before the procedure is started. This way they can help you to decide when and if your ready to start the procedure and will know to keep a close eye on you during the procedure for signs of shock (such as paleness, sweating, clammy skin and fainting.)
- The biggest mistakes people make while having their blood drawn is to hold their breath, tense up and stare directly at the needle. This is the quickest way to cause yourself to panic. Relax, sit up straight, look away from the needle or close your eyes and take slow breaths. Many people find talking to the phlebotomist is a good way of distracting yourself while the procedure is taking place.
- If you're feeling a little light headed or nauseated then stay seated or laying down for a few minutes until you feel better.
If you have additional questions about growth hormone or anti-aging therapies or if you would like to be tested for your levels of hormones, call 480-839-4131 to schedule your consultation with one of our physicians at transformyou today.
All patients always work directly with one of our Doctors to ensure patient safety and confidentiality.