We use some of the best labs in Barcelona. Affordable and fast service for blood tests. When was your last checkup?
Often, labs are ordered during a visit due to patient concerns, for routine wellness testing, or for ongoing management of chronic medical conditions.
The amount of information we can get from a simple study, such as a blood count, is tremendous. Not only can we know the state of your blood, but we also have reference to various processes that may be affecting you at that time (infections, inflammatory diseases, hematology, etc.).
Which Are the Most Common Lab Tests?
Cholesterol (Lipid) Panel
Why Get Tested?: To screen for risk of developing heart disease.
This refers to a class of fats, also known as lipids, that circulate through the blood. Cholesterol levels are important as they can affect a person's risk for developing cardiovascular disease. If you have too much cholesterol in your blood, it can combine with other substances in the blood to form plaque. Plaque sticks to the walls of your arteries making them narrow or even blocked.
There are several types of cholesterol that make up the cholesterol panel:
Triglycerides: type of fat that the body generates when excess calories are consumed.
HDL: is considered the "good" cholesterol because it helps the body clear "bad" cholesterol from your arteries.
LDL: is considered the "bad" cholesterol because it can embed itself in blood vessel walls leading to damage.
Total cholesterol: measurement of all of the types of cholesterol in your blood
Celiac Disease Panel
Why Get Tested? To help diagnose celiac disease and to evaluate the effectiveness of a gluten-free diet.
This test may be ordered if there is concern that you have Celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that causes an immune response to gluten. Symptoms of Celiac disease may include diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, and anemia.
General Blood Test
Why Get You Tested? To determine your general health status; to screen for, diagnose, or monitor any one of a variety of diseases and conditions that affect blood cells
Complete blood count: CBC checks for signs of infection or anemia, and looks at various component of blood (red cells, white cells, platelets, etc.) to detect blood-related abnormalities.
Complete metabolic panel: CMP l checks your blood glucose (sugar), electrolyte levels and liver and kidney function.
Creatinine: This tests kidney function.
Helicobacter pylori: H. pylori is a bacteria that commonly causes stomach and small intestinal ulcers and is associated with more severe acid reflux (GERD). It can be measured by your breath, feces, but the most reliable way is through an Gastroscopy
Serum HCG: This is a blood test that is most commonly used to check for pregnancy and can also approximate how far along in pregnancy someone is (if the test is positive). This test may be checked for reasons unrelated to pregnancy, as various conditions can potentially elevate HCG levels.
Urine culture: This test looks for bacterial growth in urine. It can be helpful in determining if you have a urinary tract infection. If abnormal, sensitivity testing is typically performed to determine which antibiotics would be effective against the bacteria isolated in the urine sample.
Do You Know What Is The Most Common Urine Test?
Its the one used for Urinary Tract Infections or UTIs, which are infections in any part of the urinary tract. Women are especially prone to UTIs.
Normal urine is sterile and contains fluids, salts, and waste products. It does not contain bacteria, viruses, or fungi. A UTI happens when germs, most often bacteria from the digestive tract, get into the opening of the urethra and start to multiply.
Most UTIs are caused by a bacteria called E. coli, which normally lives in the colon.
These are the most common symptoms of a UTI:
· Frequent need to pee
· Pain or burning when passing urine
· Reddish color in urine
· Bad urine smell
· Pain in the belly, below the bellybutton, or in the back, below the ribs
· Have a strong urge to pee, but only a small amount of urine is passed
· Women may feel an uncomfortable pressure above the pubic area
Antibody or Immunity tests
Hep A Ab, Hep B Ab: Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. Most often, hepatitis is caused by infection with certain viruses. However, liver inflammation can also result from exposure to chemicals, prescription drugs, heavy alcohol use, inherited diseases, autoimmune disease. This tests are for the presence of hepatitis A or B antibodies. Elevated levels reflect immunity either through previous vaccination or exposure to the illness.
Vitamins are substances that your body needs to grow and develop normally.
- Vitamin A
- Vitamins B1
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamina B3
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B8/H
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K1
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) tests
STDs are infections that are passed from one person to another through sexual contact. The causes of STDs are bacteria, parasites, and viruses. If you have sex — oral, anal or vaginal intercourse and genital touching — you can get an STD.
If you practiced unprotected sex, better have a quick check, as you can be asymptomatic. We can have your results in 24h.
Chlamydia: Chlamydia is a common STD. It is caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. It can infect both men and women. Is usually spread through vaginal, oral, or anal sex. It often has no symptoms. Antibiotics can treat chlamydia. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause serious health problems for women, such as difficulty getting pregnant. People with chlamydia who have no symptoms can still pass the disease to others. If you do have symptoms, they may not appear until several weeks after you have sex with an infected partner.
Symptoms in women include: abnormal vaginal discharge which may have a strong smell, a burning sensation when urinating, pain during intercourse.
Symptoms in men include: discharge from your penis, a burning sensation when urinating, burning or itching around the opening of your penis.
If the chlamydia infects the rectum, it can cause rectal pain, discharge, and/or bleeding.
Gonorrhea: Coused by a bacterial infection of your genital tract. The bacteria can also grow in your mouth, throat, eyes and anus. The first gonorrhea symptoms generally appear within 10 days after exposure or not cause symptoms. Symptoms of gonorrhea may include: thick, cloudy or bloody discharge from the penis or vagina, pain or burning sensation when urinating, painful, swollen testicles, painful bowel movements, anal itching.
Genital Herpes: Herpes a highly contagious STI caused by a type of the herpes simplex virus (HSV). It can cause sores on your genital or rectal area, buttocks, and thighs. You can get it from having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has it. Most people with HSV never know they have it, because they have no signs or symptoms. Symptoms of herpes are called outbreaks. You usually get sores near the area where the virus has entered the body. The sores are blisters which break and become painful, and then heal.
Repeat outbreaks are common, especially during the first year. Over time, you get them less often and the symptoms become milder. The virus stays in your body for life.
Human papillomavirus: HPV is a group of related viruses. They can cause warts on different parts of your body. There are more than 200 types. About 40 of them are spread through direct sexual contact with someone who has the virus. They can also spread through other intimate, skin-to-skin contact. Some forms of HPV put women at high risk of cervical cancer.HPV usually has no signs or symptoms.
Syphilis: Is a bacterial infection that affects your genitals, skin and mucous membranes, but it can also involve many other parts of your body, including your brain and your heart.
Vaginitis: This test examines vaginal fluid for abnormal bacteria, yeast, or other organisms.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus: HIV harms your immune system by destroying the white blood cells that fight infection. This test is used to screen for the presence of HIV antibodies and an HIV specific antigen (molecular marker of HIV). A positive test automatically reflexes to additional confirmatory testing for diagnosis.
Stool cultures: This tests to determine whether you have an infection of your digestive tract due to the presence of disease-causing pathogenic bacteria. This may be done if you have had symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain and cramping.
Wound Cultures: This checks a wound for sources of infection (fungus, bacteria). This can be used to determine the correct course of treatment, if one is needed.
Cortisol: Excessively high or low cortisol levels can be associated with a number of potential endocrine disorders.
Estradiol: This test looks at estrogen levels. This hormone impacts female sex characteristics, menstruation, reproductive health, fertility, and bone and joint health.
Why do you need this test? One reason to have your estradiol levels checked is to determine your ovaries’ ability to produce eggs
You may need this test if you have a problem caused by high or low levels of this as menstrual problems, ovarian tumors.
Follicle stimulating hormone: FSH hormone is made by your pituitary gland, a small gland located underneath the brain. FSH plays an important role in sexual development and functioning. In women it helps control menstrual cycle and stimulates the growth of eggs in the ovaries. In men, FSH helps control the production of sperm.
Why Get it Tested? To evaluate your fertility issues, the health of your reproductive organs, or your pituitary function.
Luteinizing hormone: LH a hormone that triggers the release of an egg from the ovary and in men, LH causes the testicles to make testosterone, which is important for producing sperm.
Why Get Tested? To evaluate fertility issues or the health of your reproductive organs; for women, to determine whether you have ovulated or to evaluate pituitary function.
Prolactin: It may be used to evaluate fertility, erectile dysfunction, abnormal hair growth, headaches, visual impairment, painful intercourse, or abnormal milk production outside of breastfeeding.
Why Get You Tested? To help diagnose abnormal nipple discharge, absence of menstrual periods or infertility in women; in men, to help diagnose the cause of decreased libido or erectile dysfunction.
Testosterone: this test looks at testosterone levels, a sex hormone that is important for both men and women. This hormone impacts sex drive, reproductive health, fertility, and physical characteristics.
COVID-19 Antibody Testing: This blood test also known as a serologic test, detects the presence of antibodies specific to the causative virus, SARS-CoV-2.
When do I need Laboratory Analysis?
Your doctor is the only one in charge and certified to request laboratory studies, although sometimes you can also go on your own and ask for some for a later check-up. However, here are the most common reasons for requesting them.
It is also important that a trained doctor can read your evaluations, beyond the existence of "normal" parameters. Contrasting the clinical symptoms with a patient's results is critical for taking firm steps towards diagnosis.
In addition, many times even though the values are in "normal" ranges, they may be in the upper or lower limits, which would imply some alteration or at least require some other evaluation to be sure.
English Doctor Barcelona: Experts in Quality Laboratory Analysis
Because we understand how important it can be to have quality care with the best professionals and equipment available, at English Doctor Barcelona you will find a healthcare center dedicated and committed to improving the health of its patients.
We are experts who will not only analyze all the information available from the various laboratory tests you request, but also compare them with any previous information and data from your medical history.
Misunderstanding the information coming from the lab tests can lead to delayed diagnosis, which means it is important to obtain a professional opinión about them.
You need to be in a place where you feel safe. English Doctor Barcelona focuses on providing you with professional and quality care, but also on building trust in you, which comes not only from our good reputation, but also from the excellent treatment we provide you throughout the process.
Our commitment is to your health and that of your loved ones.