Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
Fasting not required.
Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
This blood test is used to measure Arsenic levels. Arsenic is a common cause of acute poisoning through heavy metals. Arsenic enters the environment through the smelting of copper, zinc and lead and is released through the manufacturing of certain chemicals. Pesticides that contain arsenic, when manufactured, release arsine gas. Arsenic has been found in water supplies around the world, which has the potential to leach into seafood. Arsenic is found in rat poisoning, fungicides and products used to protect wood. Arsenic toxicity affects the blood, kidneys, skin, digestive tract and central nervous system.
This blood test is used to measure Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) levels. ACTH levels are measured to help identify and monitor health conditions related to excessive or deficient cortisol in the body. Adrenocorticotropic hormone is one of four major adrenal cortical hormones and is produced by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. Adrenocorticotropic hormone stimulates the secretion of cortisone and aldosterone. Cholesterol is required for the production of all adrenal cortical hormones. Testosterone, estrogen, cortisol and aldosterone are all adrenal cortical hormones.
This blood test measures Lactic Acid Dehydrogenase (LDH) levels. Lactic Acid Dehydrogenase (LDH) is an enzyme that is present in most tissues in the body, especially the heart, liver, kidney, skeletal muscle, brain, lungs and blood.
An Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) is also known as a Sedimentation Rate (sed rate). An ESR is a blood test used to look for inflammation and tissue destruction. An elevated ESR is considered non-specific meaning it is not used for a specific diagnosis, but may indicate the presence of an underlying inflammatory process. This may be why an ESR is frequently done in combination with other testing.