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.
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.
Coenzyme Q10 is also known as Ubiquinone. This blood test is used to measure blood levels of CoQ10. CoQ10 is critical for the basic functioning in all cells and specifically to cardiac tissue due to the high-energy demands of cardiac cells.