How to prepare for your blood test
You are not feeling well, and you are getting your blood drawn to measure the necessary parameters to use the mySmarBlood app. Whether you're feeling anxious about your upcoming blood work or it's not a big deal for you, some preparation can go a long way in making the process smoother. Getting ready for a blood test can be a simple process if you follow our tips on what to do:
- Different blood tests require different preparation. To ensure all parameters from mySmartBlood Mandatory Blood Parameters List are correctly measured, fasting is required. This means that you should not eat or drink anything except for water for 8-12 hours before the test.
- Drink plenty of water: This helps ensure that your blood flow is optimal, and it plumps through your veins, making it easier for the healthcare provider to draw blood.
- Wear comfortable clothing: Wear clothing that allows easy access to the area where the blood will be drawn. If you are having a blood test done on your arm, for example, wear a shirt with sleeves that can be easily rolled up.
- Relax before the test: Blood tests can be anxiety-inducing, but try to relax before the test to reduce stress. Taking slow, deep breaths can help calm you down. Let your nurse or phlebotomist know if you are concerned about fainting during the blood draw. If you have a history of fainting during blood tests, inform them. They can have you recline or adjust your position to minimize the possibility of falling.
- Take any necessary medications: If you are on any medications, continue taking them as prescribed unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Be sure to inform the healthcare provider of all medications you are taking before the blood test.
- Reward yourself: You just had your blood drawn, so it's time to treat yourself to a snack to maintain your blood sugar level. Some fruit, granola, a sandwich, or a piece of chocolate might feel good.
By following these simple steps, you can prepare yourself for a blood test and ensure that the results are accurate and that the process for you is as smooth as possible. Blood tests are a crucial part of the medical diagnosis process, and they should be taken seriously.