Why should you have a General Health Panel?

By having a general health panel completed, you will receive an overall picture of your general health status. Each test is designed to inspect key parts of your body and how they are functioning. The focus areas include the risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack, and stroke, the current status of your kidneys and liver function, electrolyte and acid/base balance as well as levels of blood glucose and blood proteins.

Knowing the status of each of these components can provide peace of mind or the need to improve your overall health since abnormal results, and especially combinations of abnormal results, can indicate a problem that needs to be addressed.


What tests are included in a General Health Panel?

 

What is a Complete Blood Count?

A complete blood County (CBC) is used to evaluate your overall health and detect a wide range of disorders including anemia, infection and leukemia. A CBC measures several components and features of your blood including:

Abnormal increases or decreases in cell counts as revealed in a complete blood count may indicate that you have an underlying medical condition that calls for further evaluations.

 

Why should you have a Complete Blood Count done?

 

What is a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel?

A comprehensive metabolic panel is a group of tests that gives important information about the current status of your kidneys and liver, electrolyte and acid/base balance, as well as levels of blood glucose and blood proteins.

What tests are included in a comprehensive metabolic panel?

 

What Is a Thyroid Profile?

A Thyroid Profile is done to find out if your thyroid gland is working the way it should. It can tell you if it is overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism). The test can also detect a thyroid disorder before you have any symptoms. If untreated, a thyroid disorder can cause health problems.

When is it ordered?

A healthcare practitioner may order a Thyroid Profile when someone has symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism and/or when a person has an enlarged thyroid gland (Goiter).

Sign and Symptoms of hyperthyroidism may include:

 

Signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism may include:

 

What is a Lipid Panel?

The lipid panel is used as part of a cardiac risk assessment to help determine an individual's risk of heart disease and to help make decisions about what treatment may be best if there is borderline or high risk.

Lipids are a group of fats and fat-like substances that are important constituents of cells and sources of energy. Monitoring and maintaining healthy levels of these lipids is important in staying healthy. The results of the lipid panel are considered along with other known risk factors of heart disease to develop a plan of treatment and follow-up. Depending on the results and other risk factors, treatment options may involve lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise or lipid-lowering medications.

What does a Lipid Panel test for?

 

What other resources are available to learn more about my health and laboratory tests?

What should I do if my results are abnormal or out of range?

It is always recommended you meet with a healthcare provider to determine what your laboratory test results mean to you. Your healthcare provider will review all of your test results and, combined with your health history, will be able to provide an accurate picture of your health status.

If any of your results were out of range: If you have one or more tests that are out of range, you should share your results with your healthcare provider. These panels are typically evaluated as a group to look for patterns and only your healthcare provider can fully assess your test results to determine if further testing or treatment is needed.

If your results were within normal range: If all of your basic health screen test components were within normal range, you should follow the screening guidelines for your age and health status. Your physician is best suited to advise you on a timetable for all screening tests.