If you have chronic disease risk factors or develop unusual symptoms, blood tests can detect possible problems before they become severe. At San Fernando Medical Center in San Fernando, California, Robert Partovy, DO, and his highly trained team offer in-house blood tests, including blood sugar tests (Accu-Chek®). Call the office to find out if you need blood tests or schedule an appointment online today.

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What are blood tests?

Blood tests are standard lab tests in which your medical provider takes a blood sample, often from a vein in your arm, and sends it to a lab for analysis. They might also use a finger prick to obtain a smaller blood sample.

The amount of certain substances in your bloodstream gives your medical provider the necessary information to diagnose common illnesses and diseases and treat them properly.

Why would I need blood tests?

Your San Fernando Medical Center specialist will order blood tests if you’ve been previously diagnosed with or develop symptoms of one or more of the following:

  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Heart disease
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Arthritis
  • Thyroid disease
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Infections
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Other diseases

Call the San Fernando Medical Center office at the first sign of new or unusual symptoms. Early detection and treatment are the best ways to avoid life-threatening complications.

What should I expect during in-house blood tests?

When undergoing blood tests at San Fernando Medical Center, your provider inserts a tiny needle into a vein or quickly pricks your finger to obtain a blood sample.

Though you feel a slight pinch during a blood draw, it lasts just a second or two. Afterward, you might experience tenderness or redness at the site where the blood was drawn, but these side effects don’t last long.

What happens when I receive the results of my blood tests?

Your San Fernando Medical Center specialist reviews the blood test results with you as soon as they’re available. They let you know if you need further diagnostic testing, lifestyle changes, medications, or care from a specialist. They might refer you to a skilled specialist for a complex medical problem if you need physical therapy, surgery, or other invasive treatments.

If you have diabetes, you might use the Accu-Chek glucose monitoring system to evaluate blood sugar levels at home between visits. Accu-Chek is a product of Roche Diabetes Care Inc.

How often do I need in-house blood tests?

Your San Fernando Medical Center provider lets you know how often to schedule blood tests to monitor a chronic disease or screen for possible health problems. You might need bloodwork once a year, every six months, or more often based on your health and risk factors.

Call the San Fernando Medical Center office or use the online booking feature to determine if you need in-house blood tests.