Blood Work

Bobby Jacobs, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Edgewater Medical Clinic

Bobby Jacobs, MD

Internal Medicine & Low Testosterone Specialist located in Oklahoma City, OK

When it comes to looking under the hood and zooming in on your general health, blood work can be a valuable and convenient form of testing. At Edgewater Medical Clinic in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, gifted internal medicine physician Bobby Jacobs, MD, knows how a little testing can make a huge difference in your health care and help pinpoint the cause of your symptoms and more. From preventive care to extensive testing and routine blood and lab work, call Edgewater Medical Clinic, or request a consultation online today.

Blood Work Q & A

What is blood work?

Blood work refers to medical blood testing that’s commonly used to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of numerous health conditions.

Edgewater Medical Clinic offers routine blood and lab work and more extensive testing. Dr. Bobby Jacobs might recommend blood work to:

  • Check your cholesterol
  • Assess your overall health
  • Look for an infection
  • View your inflammatory markers
  • Evaluate how well your organs, such as your kidneys or liver, are functioning
  • Screen for certain genetic conditions

Dr. Jacobs can help you prepare for your blood work. For example, with some tests, you might need to stop taking certain medications and fast for up to 12 hours beforehand.

Be sure you follow the instructions you’re given to get the most accurate test results.

What is a complete blood count?

A complete blood count (CBC) test is an excellent method that allows Dr. Jacobs to assess your overall health and identify many disorders, such as anemia, infections, and leukemia.

A CBC measures various components of your blood, such as:

  • Infection-fighting white blood cells
  • Hemoglobin, the protein that transports oxygen in your red blood cells
  • Hematocrit, the ratio of red blood cells to plasma
  • Platelets that help with blood clotting

With a CBC, he can conveniently and quickly evaluate your overall health and diagnose or monitor a medical condition or treatment.

What happens during my blood test?

A blood test typically only takes a few minutes to complete and involves obtaining a small sample from a blood vessel in your arm, usually the inside of your wrist or elbow, where the veins are fairly close to the surface of your skin and more visible.

With standard blood testing, you’re sitting in a chair, and Dr. Jacobs or another Edgewater Medical Clinic professional places a tight band called a tourniquet around your upper arm to squeeze it and slow your blood flow temporarily. This causes your veins to swell.

Dr. Jacobs carefully inserts a needle attached to a special syringe or container into one of your veins to draw your blood. Then he gently removes the needle and applies pressure to your skin for a few minutes with a cotton-wool pad. You might feel a mild, tolerable pricking or scratching sensation when Dr. Jacobs inserts the needle.

With blood work, only a minor amount of your blood is taken so that you can go home right away. Your blood sample is typically analyzed in a medical lab, and Dr. Jacobs informs you when you can receive your results.

At Edgewater Medical Clinic, you can expect high-quality testing and personalized services. Call the office or request an appointment via the web today.