Blood Work Specialist

Engliberta R Santos, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Engliberta R Santos, MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Physician located in Woodside, Queens, NY

Blood work can be an informative and pivotal part of your general health care routine. At her private practice, Engilberta R. Santos, MD, in Woodside, Queens, New York, she provides quick and convenient in-office blood work to better understand your health. Whether you’re experiencing concerning symptoms, or you simply want to evaluate important markers pertinent to your health, take advantage of one of the most effective testing methods in modern medicine. Call the offices of Engilberta R. Santos, MD, today.

Blood Work Q&A

What is blood work?

Blood work is medical blood testing that’s often used to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of various health conditions and to evaluate certain factors, such as inflammation.

Engilberta R. Santos, MD, provides routine blood work, labs, and more extensive testing. Dr. Santos might suggest blood work to:

  • Check your cholesterol
  • Look for an infection
  • View your inflammatory markers
  • Assess your overall health
  • Evaluate how well your organs are functioning, such as your liver or kidneys
  • Screen for certain genetic conditions

Dr. Santos can help you prepare for your blood work. With some blood tests, you might need to fast for up to 12 hours and stop taking certain medications.

What is a complete blood count?

A complete blood count (CBC) test is an effective testing method Dr. Santos might suggest to assess your overall health and identify numerous disorders, such as infections and anemia.

A CBC measures different blood components, such as:

  • Oxygen-carrying red blood cells
  • Hematocrit, the ratio of plasma to red blood cells
  • Platelets that play a role with blood clotting
  • White blood cells that help fight infection
  • The hemoglobin that transports oxygen in your red blood cells

A complete blood count allows you to quickly and conveniently assess your overall health and diagnose or monitor a treatment plan or medical condition.

What happens during my blood test?

It usually only takes a few minutes to complete a blood test. With a blood test, Dr. Santos or a qualified health professional obtains a small blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm, typically from the inside of your elbow or wrist, where your veins are more visible and fairly close to the surface of your skin.

With a standard blood test, you sit in a chair, and Dr. Santos or a health professional places a tight band (tourniquet) around your upper arm. The band temporarily squeezes your arm to slow your blood flow and make your veins swell.

To draw your blood, Dr. Santos gently inserts a needle attached to a special container into your vein. Dr. Santos carefully removes the needle before using a cotton-wool pad to apply pressure to your skin for a few minutes. When Dr. Santos inserts the needle, you might feel a mild, tolerable scratching or pricking sensation.

Only a minor amount of your blood is taken with blood work so that you can return home immediately. Your blood work is usually analyzed in a medical lab, and Dr. Santos informs you when you can expect to get your results.

For quality, advanced testing, and highly personalized care call the offices of Engilberta R. Santos, MD.