085 4 Blood Tests Often Ordered for Older Adults

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In This Episode:

Dr. K explains four “panels” of blood tests ordered for older adults, and what to keep in mind when blood tests are ordered. She covers:

  • What is a complete blood cell count (CBC)
  • What is a basic metabolic panel (also known as a basic electrolyte panel) and what is a comprehensive metabolic panel
  • What is a lipid panel
  • Common reasons that health providers order these panels, and what they can tell us about an older person’s health
  • Medications that often affect electrolytes
  • Why it’s important to request copies of your laboratory results
  • Key questions to ask, when lab tests are ordered or when you review abnormal results with your health provider

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4 Common Blood Tests for Older Adults
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