Basic Health Profile

Fasting Required

Fasting is required for this test. Please DO NOT eat or drink anything except water for 8-12 hours before your test. DO NOT stop taking your prescription medications. If your healthcare provider advised you to take your medications with food, consult with your healthcare provider before fasting.

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The basic health profile is a group of two common panels, a comprehensive metabolic panel and a cardiac screen, also known as a lipid panel. Each of these panels is a group of multiple tests to examine a variety of functions in your body.

WHY SHOULD I HAVE A BASIC HEALTH PROFILE?

By having a basic health profile completed, you will receive an overall picture of your general health status. Each test is designed to inspect key parts of your body and how they are functioning. The focus areas include the risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack or stroke, the current status of your kidneys and liver function, electrolyte and acid/base balance as well as levels of blood glucose and blood proteins.

Knowing the status of each of these components can provide peace of mind or the need to improve your overall health since abnormal results, and especially combinations of abnormal results, can indicate a problem that needs to be addressed.

COMPREHENSIVE METABOLIC PANEL

The comprehensive metabolic panel is a group of 14 tests that gives important information about the current status of your kidneys and liver, electrolyte and acid/base balance, as well as levels of blood glucose and blood proteins.

WHAT TESTS ARE INCLUDED IN A COMPREHENSIVE METABOLIC PANEL?

  • General Health
    • Glucose - an energy source for the body; can determine your risk for diabetes or a pre‐diabetic condition
    • Calcium - one of the most important minerals in the body; essential for the proper functioning of muscles, nerves, and the heart. It is required for blood clotting and the formation of bones
  • Proteins
    • Albumin - a small protein produced in the liver; the major protein in serum
    • Total Protein - measures albumin as well as all other proteins in serum
  • Electrolytes
    • Sodium - vital to normal body processes, including nerve and muscle function
    • Potassium - vital to cell metabolism and muscle function
    • CO2 (carbon dioxide, bicarbonate) - helps to maintain the body’s acid-base balance (pH)
    • Chloride - helps to regulate the amount of fluid in the body and maintain the acid-base balance
  • Kidney Tests
    • BUN (blood urea nitrogen) - waste product filtered out of the blood by the kidneys; conditions that affect the kidneys have the potential to affect the amount of urea in the blood
    • Creatinine - waste product produced in the muscles; filtered out of the blood by the kidneys so blood levels are a good indication of how well the kidneys are working
  • Liver Tests
    • ALP (alkaline phosphatase) - enzyme found in the liver and other tissues, bone; elevated levels of ALP in the blood are most commonly caused by liver disease or bone disorders
    • ALT (alanine aminotransferase, also called SGPT) - enzyme found mostly in the cells of the liver and kidneys; a useful test for detecting liver damage
    • AST (aspartate aminotransferase, also called SGOT) - enzyme found especially in cells in the heart and liver; also a useful test for detecting liver damage
    • Bilirubin - waste product produced by the liver as it breaks down and recycles aged red blood cells

CARDIAC SCREEN (LIPID PANEL)

A cardiac screen, also known as a lipid panel, is a group of tests to detect the risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack or stroke. It is also used to monitor treatment for someone already diagnosed with cardiac issues.

WHAT ARE LIPIDS?

Lipids are fats and fat‐like substances found in the bloodstream and stored in body tissues. Monitoring healthy levels of these lipids is very important to maintaining a good level of health.

WHAT DOES A LIPID PANEL INCLUDE?

A lipid panel measures the following:

  • Total cholesterol
  • High-density Lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL; “good” cholesterol)
  • Low-density Lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL; “bad” cholesterol)
  • Triglycerides

TEST RESULTS

How do I get tested?

To order your own lab tests, you just need to follow these three easy steps:

  1. Complete a lab order form for your test online and print it out to take with you to the DLO Patient Service Center. Follow the instructions on the laboratory test order form if fasting is required for the testing you are ordering.
  2. Visit any DLO Patient Service Center throughout Oklahoma. Check in with our friendly staff and give them your completed order form. Full payment is due at time of service before sample collection is performed. Note that we accept all major credit cards and checks. Unfortunately, we cannot accept cash payments. Have one of our skilled phlebotomists draw a blood sample or take a urine sample, who will send your sample to our laboratory for testing.
  3. Create a MyQuest™ account and view your test results through the MyQuest online patient portal. Test results are available through MyQuest within 7-10 business days of completing your lab work.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY RESULTS ARE ABNORMAL OR OUT-OF-RANGE?

It is always recommended you meet with a healthcare provider to determine what your laboratory test results mean to you. Your healthcare provider will review all of your test results and, combined with your health history, will be able to provide an accurate picture of your health status.

If any of your results were out-of-range: If you have one or more tests that are out of range, you should share your results with your healthcare provider. These panels are typically evaluated as a group to look for patterns and only your healthcare provider can fully assess your test results to determine if further testing or treatment is needed.

If your results were within normal range: If all of your basic health screen test components were within normal range, you should follow the screening guidelines for your age and health status. Your healthcare provider is best suited to advise you on a timetable for all screening tests.

WHAT OTHER RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MY HEALTH AND LABORATORY TESTS?

DLO Direct™ offers direct access to laboratory testing for informational purposes only. A DLO Direct lab test result is not a medical diagnosis and is not intended as medical advice. Only a healthcare provider can interpret lab results and diagnose a medical condition or disease.

Because tests have not been ordered by a healthcare provider, third party entities, including Medicare and Medicaid, will not reimburse for these tests.