A general chemistry test can be quite useful. This blood test can measure many substances in the blood and inform the doctor about your general health. A chemistry test can also help to diagnose certain illnesses and monitor the effectiveness of certain treatments.
Of course, chemistry tests has their own chemistry names.
Tests such as the chem-20, SMA-20 or SMAC 20 can record 20 different substances circulating in the blood.
Tests such as the SMA-6, SMA-7 or SMA12 can monitor fewer substances.
Different tests are implimented depending on what the doctor is looking for.
The below are some substances the chemistry test look for:
Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT).
Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST).
Bilirubin (total and direct).
Blood Urea Nitrogen.
Calcium (Ca) in Blood.
Carbon Dioxide (Bicarbonate).
Cholesterol and Triglycerides Tests.
Creatinine and Creatinine Clearance.
Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase (GGT).
Phosphate in Blood.
Potassium (K) in Blood.
Sodium (Na) in Blood.
Total Serum Protein.
Uric Acid in Blood.
Chemistry Test may be done:
As a routine physical examination.
To help you plan changes in your meal plan or lifestyle.
To look for problems, such as a low or high blood glucose level that may be causing a specific symptom.
To follow a specific health condition and check how well a treatment is working.
Before you have surgery.
After the test, it usually take 1-2 days for results to show. If there are abnormal results, the doctor will inform you and provide you with important health information.
Dr. Paul’s Clinic also offer chemistry test. If you would like a routine exam or think you can benefit from chemistry test, come on in. We are open until 11pm daily.