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FAQs


Below are some commonly asked questions:

Do I Have To Fast Before My Blood Tests?

You need to fast if your doctor has ordered a fasting test. This means that you cannot eat anything and may only drink clear water for 12-14 hours prior to your test. You should continue to take your medications, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. Some common fasting tests include: fasting glucose, fasting lipid panel, fasting metabolic panel, fasting cholesterol, HDL or triglyceride. If you are uncertain about whether or not you should fast, please contact your healthcare provider.

How Long Should I Fast?

If your doctor did not tell you how long to fast, you should not eat anything and only drink clear water for approximately 12-14 hours prior to the test.

I Did Not Fast For A Fasting Test. Can I Have My Blood Drawn Anyway?

Because certain test results may be influenced by what you eat or drink, we prefer that you do not have your blood drawn if your tests were ordered as fasting.

Can I Have Coffee If I Am Having A Fasting Test?

No, you can only have clear water prior to a fasting test for 12-14 hours, or for the time period that your healthcare provider has instructed.

How Can I Learn More About Lab Tests?

It is always recommended that you speak with your healthcare provider regarding your tests and test results.

Do I Need An Appointment For Lab Tests?

No, you do not need to make an appointment.

Please bring your insurance card, your picture ID and the doctor’s order for your lab tests.

It is always recommended that you speak with your healthcare provider regarding your tests and test results.

Learn More About Laboratory Services

To learn more about our laboratory services, please call 831.462.7714.