Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
Fasting not required.
Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
A D-dimer is a blood test to help evaluate for possible blood clots. A D-dimer measures the tendency of blood to clot inappropriately. A D-dimer may be used to evaluate possible health threats such as a stroke, DVT (deep vein thrombosis), PE (pulmonary embolism) and arterial plaque rupture.
A Hemoglobin A1c is a blood test that measures the average amount of glucose that has chemically attached to red blood cells over the past 6-8 weeks. Think of it this way. Sugar is sticky. When sugar sticks to certain proteins inside the hemoglobin, it naturally hangs around for a longer period of time because it is harder to get it off the hemoglobin.
This blood test is used to monitor exposure to benzene. Benzene is an organic compound that is found in nature and is also manmade. Natural sources of benzene are volcanoes and forest fires. Benzene is also a natural component of crude oil and cigarette smoke and is one of the most basic petrochemicals used in the production of gasoline. Benzene has been described as having a sweet odor. It evaporates very quickly when exposed to air and dissolves quickly in water.
This blood test measures Alkaline Phosphatase levels. Alkaline phosphatase is a group of enzymes found throughout the body, specifically in the bone, liver, placenta and intestine.