Lab Draws

Cardiology & Internal Medicine located in Merrillville , IN

Lab Draws services offered in Merrillville , IN

A lab draw analyzes a sample of your blood to gain insights into your cardiovascular health. At Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare, in Merrillville, Indiana, double board-certified cardiologist and internal medicine physician Stephanie Marshall, DO, FACOI, FACC, and her team uses onsite lab draws to diagnose high cholesterol, peripheral artery disease, and more. Call the office if you need to schedule lab draws or book online today.

What are lab draws?

Lab draws use bodily fluids, like blood or urine, to identify underlying medical issues that don’t cause obvious symptoms.

Heart disease often develops slowly over an extended period. Undergoing routine lab work can alert you to potential issues early on when they’re most responsive to treatment.

Who can benefit from lab draws?

Request lab draws at Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare if you:

  • Eat an unhealthy diet
  • Live a sedentary lifestyle
  • Struggle to maintain a healthy weight
  • Smoke or use tobacco
  • Have a family history of heart disease

You might also benefit from lab draws if you have an underlying medical issue that increases your risk of heart disease, like diabetes or high blood pressure.

What are some of the most common lab draws?

At Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare, the team offers several types of lab draws, including:

Cholesterol test

A cholesterol test, or lipid profile, analyzes the fats in your blood. A healthy cholesterol level is 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) or less. 

A cholesterol test measures the amounts of several types of fat, including high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and triglycerides.

High-sensitivity C-reactive protein test

Your liver produces C-reactive protein when you experience an injury or develop an infection. The higher the levels of C-reactive protein in your blood, the more likely you are to experience swelling, inflammation, and heart disease. 

By ordering a C-reactive protein test, Dr. Marshall can better determine the overall health of your heart.

Plasma ceramides test

A plasma ceramides test measures the plasma ceramides in your blood. Ceramides are produced by all of your cells, but they’ve been linked to atherosclerosis (the narrowing of the arteries). Without intervention and treatment, high ceramide levels increase your risk of heart disease.

Troponin T test

Troponin T is a protein produced by the heart. Research shows that people with high Troponin T levels are also more likely to develop heart disease, even if they don’t have symptoms.

What type of lab draws will benefit me?

The type of lab draws that will most benefit you depend on various factors, including your age, sex, and health history. After an in-office exam, a review of your medical records, and a discussion of your lifestyle, Dr. Marshall can order tests that align with your needs. 

Call Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare to schedule lab draws today, or book online.