Modern medical advancements make it easier than ever for doctors to understand what’s happening with your body’s internal goings-on. Blood tests are a perfect example: By taking a small sample of your blood, your doctor can analyze how different systems and components in your body are currently functioning.
As a specialist in internal medicine, Dr. Peymon Zarreii can not only perform the blood work you need from the comfort of our on-site lab at Zarreii Medical and Aesthetics in Delray Beach, Florida, but he can also help you determine how frequently you should get blood tests and what types of tests you need.
Here are three situations in which he usually recommends blood work.
When you have a family history of certain conditions
If any close relatives of yours have hereditary diseases that could affect your overall health, Dr. Zarreii can often use blood tests to screen for them. Regular blood work can serve as a useful preventive medicine tool, helping you catch problems early when they’re easiest to treat.
With a lipid panel, for example, Dr. Zarreii can see your levels of both good and bad cholesterol. If a close relative of yours has high cholesterol, you’ll more likely to develop it yourself. Left unchecked, high levels of unhealthy cholesterol can cause coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease in the country. And since heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., it’s especially important to monitor your cholesterol levels.
When you have unexplained symptoms
If you’ve been living with symptoms that you can’t pin to a specific condition, blood work can give you the inside look you need for an accurate diagnosis. With a blood test, Dr. Zarreii can check for things like:
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Abnormal thyroid function
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- High white blood cell count, which shows your immune system is fighting something
With a variety of blood test types at his disposal, Dr. Zarreii can use specific ones to seek out the root of your unexplained symptoms.
When you want to be proactive about your health
Dr. Zarreii often recommends annual blood work as a preventive measure. Because blood tests can alert our team to potential health concerns before they start causing symptoms, this yearly screening gives us a leg up on a wide variety of potential health challenges.
Informed by your annual blood work, Dr. Zarreii works with you to make a wellness plan that supports your health through the years.
If you have any questions about blood work or you want to schedule some at our on-site lab, contact Zarreii Medical and Aesthetics by calling our office or requesting your appointment online today.