What you should know about the Complete blood count (CBC) test?

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What you should know about the Complete blood count (CBC) test?

CBC or Complete Blood Count test is a basic screening to collect details of your blood. It plays an important role in diagnosing diseases and deterring your current medical conditions.

This article will focus on answering your know-how on CBC.

What is the CBC test?

The CBC test involves calculating the cellular components of blood. Several advanced machineries are used to analyze the blood components. This takes a few minutes and comes out with in-depth information.

It focuses on calculating the white blood cells, platelets, and red blood cells in your blood. It also measures levels of hemoglobin (Hb), hematocrit (Hct), MCH, Red cell Distribution Width (RDW), and Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin concentration (MCHC).

You can expect the results of the test within 36 hours from when your blood samples have been collected.

Benefits of CBC

In most of the cases, the doctors prescribe you for getting the CBC done. This often forms a part of routine checkups for evaluating the efficiency of the treatment you are undergoing.

CBC tests are the first step towards diagnosing a disease in your body on the basis of the symptoms.

After diagnosis, the CBC test will help to monitor your treatment procedures considering the present health conditions.

When medications affect the counts of blood cells then, CBC helps to detect whether your medications are helping you.

The test helps to identify abnormalities in your health condition. This test often leads to detecting anemia or leukemia in patients.

How to prepare for CBC?

When the doctor prescribes for getting a CBC test, you do not need to take precautions before the tests. Eat and drink what you do normally every day even before the tests.

But, if your blood samples are used for other tests then you need to follow some precautions as mentioned by your doctor.
In case you take illicit drugs, the best is to eat until your stomach is full and drink fluids. All these things have to be followed just before the blood is drawn from you.

How much does it cost?

CBC test cost varies with the location and the pathological labs you choose for the tests. But it is quite reasonable and not at all exorbitant. Again, as the benefits are too many, it outweighs the costs. 

How CBC is conducted?

The CBC test is done at the doctor’s clinic or pathological labs where a needle will be injected in your veins. This will help to collect your blood sample.
However, since a needle will be injected into your veins, some patients are at risk of a potential infection. But these infections do not go deep to harm you.

As a fact, you can get your CBC tests, even at home in case your hospital or pathology lab provides home services. Your samples will be collected from your homes, which the health professional will test and generate reports. The reports are usually sent to your homes if you avail of home service.