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Lab Studies

Lab Studies From Cardiology II, PC

 

Here are a few of the cardiology lab studies available from Cardiology II, P.C. Lab studies allow us to determine whether you are at risk for strokes, liver disease, kidney failure, and more.

Protimes/INR for Coumadin Clinic
Testing for a persons blood thinnest, usually from medication to prevent “blood clots” in an effort to prevent strokes that are associated with various cardiac rhythm problems

 

Lipid Profiles
A lipid profile assesses a person’s risk for building up blockage in the heart prematurely and putting a person at higher risk for a heart attack. This lab study also allows a physician to direct medical therapy to reduce a person’s risk by treating this modifiable risk factor.

 

Liver Function Studies
Most medications are processed in the liver and this can cause the liver to “overwork.” A liver function study monitors for these potential issues so they can be addressed early.

 

Electrolytes Like Potassium
Any patient on “water pills” (diuretics) can have lower than normal potassium levels, and the heart is extremely sensitive to changes in potassium, so monitoring is mandatory and the key to preventing serious problems.

 

Renal Function (Kidney Function)
The medications that are not processed in the liver are processed in the kidney, and this can cause the kidneys to “overwork”.  Monitoring for these potential issues, like renal failure (kidney working “overtime” & potentially requiring a person to be on dialysis) can be addressed early & before the problem arises or causes damage.

 

Antioxidant Carotenoid Scanning
Antioxidants are the key to slowing aging, cancer & heart disease.

 

It is important for cardiology patients, especially those who are taking medication, to be screened regularly using lab studies to evaluate the condition of patient’s heart, blood, kidneys, and liver.