Blood work is a valuable tool for detecting health conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, while also offering insights into disease diagnosis and prevention. At his self-titled practice in Niles, Illinois, internal medicine physician, Kirill Zhadovich, MD, and family medicine physician, Alex Kostiv, MD, offer a wide range of blood tests to patients of all ages. Call or use the online booking tool to make your appointment today.
Regular blood work is an easy and minimally invasive way to keep tabs on your overall physical health.
Everyone is different, but the medical team recommends investing in routine blood work at least once a year.
Some people may benefit from more frequent testing. For example, regular blood work can help you catch the signs of disease early on, so if you’re experiencing unusual symptoms, it might be good to have a blood panel. On the other hand, If you have high cholesterol, regular blood work can alert you to the progress you’re making with medication, diet, or exercise.
There are a variety of different types of blood work, but four of the most common include:
A complete blood count (CBC) is a comprehensive panel that checks for levels of 10 different components in your blood, including white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. A CBC also measures factors like hemoglobin and hematocrit.
A basic metabolic panel (BMP) is a type of blood work that checks for levels of certain nutrients and compounds in your blood including potassium, glucose, calcium, and sodium. Abnormal results on a BMP can point to kidney disease, diabetes, or hormonal imbalances. Before taking a BMP, you’re asked to fast for between 8-12 hours.
Your thyroid is a small gland in your neck responsible for producing and regulating functions like your appetite, mood, and energy levels. A thyroid panel checks to see how well your thyroid is producing and responding to certain hormones. Thyroid panels can alert you to low levels of testosterone, estrogen, and other hormonal imbalances.
A nutrient test ensures you’re getting all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you need to thrive. Depending on the results of your nutrient test, your Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC, provider may recommend dietary changes or supplements.
During a blood work appointment, your doctor draws a sample of blood from your arm or finger. The procedure is quick and simple, but you may feel a slight pinch or pin-prick. After drawing your blood, your doctor sends it to a laboratory for further testing. You should have results within three to five days.
To make your appointment for blood work, call the office or use the online booking tool today.