Lab Testing

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS!

St. Peter’s Wellness Department offers a variety of laboratory tests to assist you in better understanding your health and your subsequent risk factors.  Results are available on the SPH patient portal (if you're already registered in the system) within 36 hours and are mailed to you within 2 days of testing.  The labs offered below are done in-house for individuals and can be scheduled with local business for employees as "on-site" screenings.  Please call 444-2128 for more information or email us at wellness@stpetes.org. 

Lipid Profile
This is our most basic screening but includes testing for many risk factors, including cardiovascular disease and pre-diabetes.  Includes the following: Total Cholesterol, HDL and LDL levels (good and bad cholesterol), Triglycerides (fat in the blood), and fasting glucose (marker for pre-diabetes).  This test also is accompanied by a mandatory health risk assessment that includes: 14 health questions, waist circumference, BMI, and blood pressure values.

The following tests can be ordered and scheduled on their own or added to the above Lipid Profile with no extra blood draw or extra time....


Vitamin D
Crucial for anyone living in Montana as no matter how much sun you think you're getting, the sun is not actually high enougbh in the sky to deliver needs.  Genetics can help protect these levels but it's important to know your number!  Lack of Vit D is linked to a variety of conditions including irritability, fatigue, and depression, among others.

TSH -Thyroid Screen
According to the guidelines issued by the American Thyroid Association (ATA), everyone should be screened for thyroid problems beginning at age 35, at a minimum of five year intervals.  This test is used to check for thyroid problems and any abornormal results should be discussed with your provider.  High levels can cause weight gain, fatigue and constipation, among other things.  Low levels are indicative of weight loss, rapid heart rate, nervousness, and diarrhea, among other issues.  If you have any family history of thyorid issues, are experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms, or are just feeling responsible to know your number --include this test today!

CMP - Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
This panel can determine electrolyte and fluid balance, kidney function and liver function.  This test provides important information to you and your provider about the current state of important organs, like the kidneys, liver and blood systems.  The results are an insight into your metabolic health and can be used to determine if additional, more invasive tests are needed to detect other issues.  The CMP is a routine and annual test that usually is best used when it accompanies the Lipid Profile to give a great "snapshot" of your health from year to year.

CBC - Complete Blood Count
The complete blood count gives important information about the kinds and numbers of cells in the blood.  This test gives more in-depth information about the blood cells in your body.  The CBC is a great indicator for your provider to assess and diagnose certain conditions that may warrant further testing.

A1-C
The A1-C test is the current "golden standard" for helping providers diagnose patients with diabetes, and help those already diagnosed manage their blood sugar.  This test is recommended after subsequent fasting glucose tests (as part of the Lipid Profile) continue to be out-of-range.  The A1-C measures your fasting glucose averages (of about 3-months total).  For diabetics, this test is best repeated every 3-months to determine if lifestyle changes and/or medications are working appropriately.

PSA - Prostate Cancer Screening (Men only)
The National Prostate Cancer Coalition reports prostate cancer diagnosis every 2 minutes and 45 seconds. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in America among men.  This blood test is specifically used to test risk for prostrate cancer in men.  Results should always be discussed with a provider to determine if any action is necessary for abnormally high levels, considering there is evidence to suggest high PSA levels may not need action.  A provider's expert opinion is needed to discuss results and options depending on family history, etc.

Please note...our department can administer any of the above tests without a provider's order but can include any additional blood tests not listed above with a provider's prescription.  A written order is needed at the time of service or can be faxed to the Wellness Department at 447-2544.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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