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Blood Tests

What are blood tests for?

Blood tests help us diagnose, treat, and manage heart disease.

Your blood provides many hidden clues about your heart health. For example, high levels of "bad" cholesterol in your blood can be a sign that you're at increased risk of having a heart attack. And other substances in your blood can help your doctor determine if you have heart failure or face a risk of developing plaque in your arteries (atherosclerosis).

It's important to remember that one blood test doesn't always determine your risk of heart disease. The most important risk factors for heart disease are smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Most common blood tests:

  • Cardiac biomarkers. These tests diagnose a heart attack by determining if heart cells have been damaged.
  • Lipid blood tests. Provides information on your levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which are associated with risk of heart disease.
  • Lipoprotein, homocysteine and fibrinogen tests. These blood tests help determine your risk of developing coronary heart disease.
  • C-reactive protein. A blood test that identifies high levels inflammation and an increased risk for heart disease.
  • Blood tests for anticoagulants. These tests help your doctor to determine if you are taking a safe level of blood thinners.
  • Blood sugar tests. Several different tests determine if you have diabetes, how severe your diabetes has been, and whether your diabetes treatment is effective.
  • B-type natriuretic peptide test. This blood test helps doctors identify and determine the severity of heart failure.
  • Electrolyte tests. This determines how effective various treatments are as well as detects liver, heart and kidney disease.
  • Blood count. Used to diagnose and monitor various heart conditions and the effectiveness of drugs or other treatments.

How blood tests are done

We may draw blood at a lab, in your hospital room, or in the emergency room. Your blood is then sent to a central laboratory where we perform various tests. We will send your doctor a report with the lab results.

Blood tests at Lee Health

Lee Health has labs in hospitals and outpatient locations throughout Lee County. These labs offer the widest range of blood tests for the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

Contact Information

For customer service or more information concerning Lee Lab Services, call 239-424-3177.