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Lab Week at Carson Valley Health

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Lab Week at Carson Valley Health

How to Prepare for Lab Week

April is Lab Week, and Carson Valley Health Laboratory Department will celebrate this occasion by highlighting the essential laboratory services provided to the public at no cost. We are taking the time to highlight the significance of the tests that CVH can offer because they are essential for a patient's health and general well-being, such as the Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP), Lipid Panel, and Complete Blood Count (CBC) lab tests.

Are you ready to celebrate Lab Week with us? No appointment is needed.

What Is a Complete Metabolic Panel?

The Complete Metabolic Panel is a blood test that measures the levels of electrolytes, protein, glucose, and other substances in the blood. It is performed to evaluate kidney and liver functions, detect blood sugar levels, and assess the body's overall metabolic state.

This test is frequently requested as part of routine medical examinations, diagnostic procedures, or to track and monitor a patient's progress during a particular course of therapy. The outcomes of the CMP offer vital diagnostic information that aids healthcare professionals in creating a suitable and appropriate treatment strategy.

What Is a Lipid Panel?

A Lipid Panel is a blood test that measures cholesterol and fats in the blood. This test is significant in identifying the possible indicators for heart attack or heart disease, which may include low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, or triglycerides.

The Lipid Panel may be recommended for individuals who have certain risk factors for developing heart disease, including high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, or a family history of heart disease. It can also be used to monitor how well ongoing cholesterol management strategies are working.

What Is a Complete Blood Count?

The CBC blood test is commonly employed by healthcare providers to assess a patient's overall health and evaluate the presence of any infections. The CBC indicates the counts of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and the concentration of hemoglobin and hematocrit. A Complete Blood Count helps diagnose and monitor a wide range of medical conditions, including anemia, infections, blood cancers, and other immune system disorders.

Walk-in or Schedule a Lab Test Today

Lab tests are crucial components in monitoring a person's health status, and Carson Valley Health offers different laboratory tests that help detect possible health-related issues. Patients scheduled to take the Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP), Lipid Panel, or Complete Blood Count (CBC) tests should prepare themselves by doing the following:

  • Fasting for at least 9-12 hours before the test (No food or liquids other than water).
  • Abstaining from strenuous exercise before the test

The best test results are obtained by following these instructions as closely as possible. Our staff can precisely assess your health needs and assist you in taking preventive measures to maintain your safety and well-being. Join us and take part in boosting your health and in getting fit.

Celebrate Lab Week with us. Walk-ins are welcome or schedule an appointment today. Contact us at (775) 782-1500 if you have any questions.