Annual physical exams often do not include lab tests. Even when they do, they typically only include a complete blood count, simple chemistry panel, and perhaps a simple lipid test (cholesterol test). Effectively assessing your current state of health and identifying potential issues requires advanced blood panels.

At Optimal Wellness, we offer the most advanced blood panels available today. 

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Understanding Advanced Blood Panels

Three things you need to know about advanced blood panels.

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How do advanced blood panels differ from traditional blood tests?

Traditional blood tests typically provide only the most basic information about a specific body function or state. Advanced blood panels probe deeper, filling in pieces of the diagnostic puzzle. A traditional cholesterol test, for example, measures total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDLc), and triglycerides (TG) and calculates LDL, and has a 40 percent predictive value for coronary heart disease (CHD). A far more advanced lipid blood panel, measuring the number and size of Lipoprotein particles as well as Apolipoprotein concentrations may be twice as effective at predicting coronary heart disease.

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What do patients have to do differently to prepare for an advanced blood panel?

Advanced blood panels don’t necessarily require any different preparation than more traditional blood tests. While you should follow your doctor’s instructions, you’ll typically be told to not eat anything and drink only water for 10 to 12 hours before the exam. You’ll also want to avoid alcoholic beverages for 24 hours and, if you’re a smoker refrain from smoking, if possible, for 24 hours. 

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What do advanced blood panels check for?

Not all advanced blood panels are the same. Our advanced blood panels provide early detection of many more conditions than we can list here. Depending on your health history and indications, we’ll test for some or all of the following:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Hematologic Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Renal (Kidney) Disease
  • Stroke
  • Thyroid Disease
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What is the procedure for getting advanced blood panels?

We’ll take a simple blood draw, which takes just a minute or two. Your sample is then processed in a state-of-the-art laboratory facility. Within a week or so we’ll have a complete analysis ready to review with you upon your return visit to our office.