Blood Work Specialist

Arthur Dove, M.D. P.C. -  - Internist

Harlem Laser Center

Arthur Dove, M.D. P.C.

Internist located in Harlem, New York, NY

Bloodwork can unveil valuable information about many different aspects of your health. At Harlem Laser Center in Upper Manhattan, New York, skilled internist Arthur Dove, MD, PC, knows the right testing is pivotal and shines a much-needed spotlight on your health. Dr. Dove offers an array of blood tests to assist in diagnosing and treating numerous medical conditions. From managing diabetes to checking your cholesterol and inflammatory markers, Dr. Dove and his team of committed health professionals help you assess and improve your wellness. Call or click to schedule online today.

Blood Work Q & A

What is bloodwork?

Blood tests are a commonly used type of medical testing that helps diagnose and treat a multitude of health conditions.

Your physician might suggest bloodwork to:

  • Determine how well your organs function
  • Screen for specific genetic conditions
  • Check your cholesterol
  • View your inflammatory markers
  • Evaluate your overall health
  • Look for an infection

Your physician provides you with any information you might need to help you prepare for your bloodwork. For some tests, you might need to fast for up to 12 hours and stop taking certain medications.

Make sure you follow the instructions you’re given since they can affect the accuracy of your test results.

What is a complete blood count?

A complete blood count (CBC) test is a great way to assess your overall health and identify several disorders, such as infections, anemia, and leukemia.

A CBC measures various components of your blood, including:

  • Oxygen-carrying red blood cells
  • Infection-fighting white blood cells
  • Hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells
  • Hematocrit, the proportion of red blood cells to plasma
  • Platelets that help with blood clotting

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

What happens during a blood test?

A blood test usually takes just a few minutes to complete and involves obtaining a small sample of blood from a blood vessel in your arm. Blood is typically drawn from the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are more visible and fairly close to the surface of your skin.

You sit in a chair during your blood test and your physician or a qualified medical professional places a tight band around your upper arm to squeeze it. This temporarily slows your blood flow and causes your vein to swell.

Your physician inserts a needle attached to a special container or syringe into your vein to draw your blood. Your physician gently removes the needle and applies pressure to your skin for a few minutes using a cotton-wool pad. You might feel a tolerable, mild scratching, or pricking sensation when your physician inserts the needle.

Only a minor amount of blood is typically taken so that you can go home right away. Your bloodwork is analyzed in a medical lab, and your physician informs you when you can expect your results.

At Arthur Dove, MD, PC, you can expect a comprehensive consultation, high-quality testing, and personalized care. Call or schedule using the online booking tool.