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Liver

The ALT blood test helps measure the health of the liver. It looks at the enzyme alanine transaminase (ALT) levels.

ALT can be found in small amounts in the kidneys, heart, muscles, and pancreas but is mostly found in the liver. The ALT blood test used to be named: serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT).

If an ALT blood test score is high (or out of range) this can indicate liver damage or disease. More blood tests will be suggested if the results is out of range or high.

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Complete Blood Count

What Is A Complete Blood Count (CBC) A CBC or complete blood count is routinely ordered in doctor’s offices, emergency rooms, and at annual checkups. It is a comprehensive test that calculates the cellular elements of the blood. While it measures many things one of the most important aspects of the lab test is the measure […]

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The Chemistry Panel By Many Names

The Chemistry Panel may be identified by many different names (a chemistry screen/screening, a basic metabolic panel (BMP), a comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), SMA or SMAC.)  Regardless of the name these panels measure a specific number of elements in the blood indicated by a dash and a number after the panel name such as SMA-6 […]

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