Blood tests provide essential information about your health, from identifying infections to determining whether you have any nutrient deficiencies. Diana Heard, MD, Olga Vega, PA, and the team at Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC in Glendale, Arizona, provide phlebotomy services on-site, so you don’t have to go elsewhere for a blood draw. To learn more about the phlebotomy services available, call Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC, or book an appointment online today.
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Phlebotomy is the medical term for collecting blood samples for lab testing. The Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC team ensures your blood draws are as fast and painless as possible and that you get your results quickly. They also interpret the test results and recommend further procedures or treatments.
A skilled phlebotomist can locate veins (larger blood vessels) and capillaries (tiny blood vessels) to draw the required samples.
Phlebotomy is the primary testing method for multiple health problems, from infections and anemia (low iron levels in your blood) to nutrient deficiencies and diabetes. Some of the more common tests your Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC OB/GYN might order include:
A comprehensive metabolic panel measures glucose (sugar) levels in your blood and other indicators of how well your body converts nutrients into energy.
A complete blood count is a broad-spectrum test that measures the number of cells in your blood, such as platelets and red and white blood cells.
Hormones are responsible for regulating numerous vital functions, from reproduction to metabolism (energy conversion). Hormone imbalances can cause conditions ranging from diabetes and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland) to menopause symptoms and loss of libido (lack of interest in sex).
A lipid panel measures levels of fats like cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood.
Blood tests can detect problems like gestational diabetes during pregnancy, which can make your baby grow too fast and get too big. Your OB/GYN can also look for markers of diseases that might affect you and your baby, like certain infections and hereditary (inherited) medical conditions.
A blood draw is a simple, routine procedure that typically only takes a few minutes. Your phlebotomist cleans the skin on your inner elbow, where the vein is prominent, and wraps a band around your upper arm to keep the blood in your veins.
They insert a hollow needle into the vein and extract the required amount of blood. Depending on what tests you need, this could require several small test tubes marked for specific purposes. When they have enough blood, your phlebotomist applies a small dressing to the injection site to stop the blood flow.
Sometimes arm veins won’t show up well enough to insert a needle. If you have multiple blood tests, the veins might develop scars that make inserting the needle more difficult. A skilled phlebotomist can often access a vein where other clinicians can’t; however, if the vein doesn’t respond, they can use one from elsewhere, usually the back of your hand.
To learn more about phlebotomy and the blood draw procedure, call Glendale Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC, or book an appointment online today.