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Blood Test Specialist

Ithaca Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Behavioral Health located in Ithaca, NY

A blood test is a valuable tool for managing health conditions like high cholesterol and diabetes while also offering insight into disease diagnosis and prevention. Dr. Radomir D. Stevanovic has more than 25 years of experience as an internal medicine physician, providing healthcare services and a wide range of blood tests to adults in Ithaca, New York, and the surrounding communities. Call Ithaca Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today.

Blood Test Q&A

What is a blood test?

Blood tests are used to check your organ function, to look for disease, and to evaluate the effectiveness of certain medical treatments.

Hormone panels

Hormone panels are performed to identify hormone imbalance or dysfunction that might include:

  • Lipids
  • Thyroid gland
  • Adrenal system
  • Sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and DHEA

Blood chemistry panels

There are numerous blood chemistry panels that can identify issues in several areas of your body, such as the liver, kidneys, thyroid, and respiratory system.

Cholesterol test

Cholesterol tests are done to diagnose high cholesterol by measuring levels of good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol in your body as well as your total cholesterol and triglycerides.

Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing

Blood or urine is sampled to test for most STDs, including syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, and HIV.

Dr. Stevanovic might recommend other tests depending on your health and symptoms.

What is a CBC?

A complete blood count (CBC) is one of the most common blood tests and is often part of your annual wellness exam. A CBC analyzes various aspects of your blood, including:

  • Platelets
  • Hematocrit
  • Hemoglobin
  • Red and white blood cells
  • Mean corpuscular volume

In most cases, a CBC isn’t used to make a health diagnosis on its own. Dr. Stevanovic reviews the test results in combination with your physical exam and general health to identify potential issues. Based on his findings, he might recommend additional tests to confirm CBC findings.

What can I expect during a blood test appointment?

Most blood tests require little preparation, though certain tests require fasting in advance. If necessary, Dr. Stevanovic provides additional instructions before your appointment.

During your blood test, a team member at Ithaca Primary Care draws a blood sample from your arm or finger. This is a quick and simple procedure, but you might feel mild discomfort from the needle. Following the lab analysis of your sample, Dr. Stevanovic reviews your results and contacts you if additional action is needed.

Call Ithaca Primary Care or schedule a wellness exam and blood test online today.