WHAT IS A METABOLIC PANEL?
A complete metabolic panel measures the levels of different chemicals in the body to give a doctor a better picture of how the patient’s muscles, bones, and organs are functioning. This can be helpful to diagnose a patient when acute symptoms appear and also for routine health examinations. University Urgent Care (UUC) in Fort Worth, TX offers metabolic panels that are performed onsite at our certified laboratory. Our ER doctors and nurse practitioners can help you understand your metabolic panel results to determine if there are any areas of concern. Patients in the Frisco Heights, Tanglewood, Paschal, and TCU neighborhood areas can get a metabolic panel at UUC without an appointment to get a better understanding of their health. Visit our office near the TCU campus 7 days a week to get fast, effective urgent and general medical care.
WHY IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERGO A COMPLETE METABOLIC PANEL?
A complete metabolic panel can give a doctor a lot of important information about how a person’s body is functioning, including levels of blood sugar, calcium, electrolytes, and creatinine. A metabolic panel can be helpful when a patient visits UUC for urgent care to help determine the root cause of any symptoms. A metabolic panel can also be a useful part of a patient’s annual health exam, so levels can be compared over time to determine if they are at risk for certain medical conditions.
WHAT DOES A COMPLETE METABOLIC PANEL TEST FOR?
A complete metabolic panel can evaluate the levels of several chemicals in the body including:
- Blood urea nitrogen (BUN)
- CO2 (carbon dioxide or bicarbonate)
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A METABOLIC PANEL?
Before the test is performed, patients should tell the doctor or nurse about their medical history and any current medications, vitamins, and supplements they are taking. The test will require a blood sample from the patient that will be drawn through a sterilized area of skin, usually above a vein in the arm. Pressure and a bandage will be applied to the draw site to stop any bleeding. When the test is complete, the doctor will discuss the results of the metabolic panel with the patient and possibly make treatment recommendations.
A PICTURE OF YOUR HEALTH
Get a better idea of how well your body is functioning with a metabolic panel at University Urgent Care in Fort Worth. Our onsite lab can quickly run tests that can show you a current picture of your health. Our experienced team of doctors can help you understand your results and any treatments or lifestyle changes that could improve your health. Metabolic panels are available with no appointment at our office near the TCU campus.