085 4 Blood Tests Often Ordered for Older Adults


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By Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH, Leslie Kernisan, and MD MPH. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

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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