What is the test?
A blood chemistry profile measures
different chemical aspects of your blood.
This lab test is routinely used to
● blood glucose for
● urea, nitrogen, and creatinine for kidney function
● sodium, potassium,
chloride, and CO-2 to evaluate electrolytes and fluid balance
● calcium, to help determine
bone density and function
● liver function.
Blood chemistry profiles can also include a
special lipid metabolism profile for people with elevated cholesterol, to
measure triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol.
How do I prepare?
Most blood chemistry profiles require
12-hour or overnight fasting, which means you should refrain from eating or
drinking for 12 hours prior to the blood draw. Check with your doctor to see
whether you should abstain from any of your regular medications prior to the
test, because they may interfere with the test results.
How is the test done?
A blood chemistry profile requires a needle
stick, typically in the arm, to draw a sample of your blood for analysis.
How and when will I get my test
Lab test results are usually available
either the same day or the following day. The results will be sent directly to
your doctor, who will share them with you.
Where is the test performed?
You may go to any of Cayuga Medical Center’s
five Laboratory sites. The locations are:
Cayuga Medical Center at 101 Dates Drive in Ithaca; the Cayuga
Professional Building at 1301 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca; 5 Evergreen Street in
Dryden; Convenient Care at Ithaca on Arrowwood Drive off Warren Road; and
Convenient Care at Cortland on Route 281 and Commons Avenue.
After the test
You should eat a meal and drink plenty of
water. You may resume normal activities.
If you have questions regarding lab
testing, you can reach the Cayuga Medical Center Laboratory at (607) 274-4474.