Blood Work

Jonah Medical Group

Family Practice & Internal Medicine Specialist located in Los Angeles, CA

Blood work can reveal important and valuable information about your health. At Jonah Medical Group in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, family medicine physician Dr. Edwin Choi offers an array of blood tests to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of many medical conditions. From assessing your inflammatory markers to managing diabetes and checking your cholesterol, Dr. Choi is here to help you take control of your health care and improve your wellness. Schedule online or call today for your blood work.

Blood Work Q & A

What is blood work?

Blood tests are one of the most commonly utilized types of medical testing in the diagnosis and treatment of a multitude of health conditions.

Dr. Choi might recommend bloodwork to:

  • Check for an infection
  • Check your cholesterol
  • Assess your overall health
  • View your inflammatory markers
  • Screen for certain genetic conditions
  • Determine how well certain organs, such as the kidney or liver, are working

Dr. Choi gives you any necessary information to help you prepare for your bloodwork. You might be instructed to fast for up to 12 hours and stop taking certain medications.

It’s important you follow the instructions you’re given, since it can affect the accuracy of your test results.

What is a complete blood count?

A complete blood count (CBC) is used to assess your overall health and identify a number of disorders, such as leukemia, infections, and anemia.

A CBC measures many components of your blood, such as:

  • Red blood cells that carry oxygen
  • White blood cells that fight infection
  • Platelets that help with blood clotting
  • Hematocrit, the proportion of red blood cells to plasma
  • Hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells

A CBC is a great way to conveniently and quickly assess your overall health and diagnose or monitor a medical condition or treatment.

What happens during a blood test?

Typically, a blood test takes just a few minutes and involves obtaining a small sample of your blood from a blood vessel in your arm, most often from the inside of the wrist or elbow where the veins are fairly close to the surface.

During your blood test, you’re sitting in a chair and Dr. Choi or a qualified medical professional places a tight band called a tourniquet around your upper arm to squeeze the arm and temporarily slow blood flow. This causes your veins to swell.

Your Jonah medical professional inserts a needle attached to a syringe or special container into your vein to draw your blood before removing the needle and applying pressure to the skin for a few minutes using a cotton-wool pad. You might feel a mild, tolerable pricking or scratching sensation as the needle is inserted.

Only a small amount of blood is taken during blood work, so you can return to your normal routine afterward. Your bloodwork is analyzed in a medical lab. Dr. Choi informs you when you can expect to receive your results.

If you have concerns about your health, visit Dr. Choi for comprehensive testing and call or book online.