Point of care testing is a quick and convenient way of performing diagnostic tests outside of a laboratory. Advances in technology have made testing and screening more convenient now than ever before. Testing provides quick and reliable results in identifying chronic diseases such as dyslipidemia and diabetes and plays a role in prevention when screened for early on. We offer a variety of testing services at our location. Talk with one of any of our pharmacists if you have concerns about influenza, strep throat, cholesterol monitoring, blood pressure, have been exposed to COVID-19, and glycemic control.
Atherosclerosis is a cardiovascular disease caused by build?up of fats and cholesterol in the artery walls. These fats and cholesterols harden over time into plaques that obstruct blood flow and can lead to occlusion of the artery by a blood clot. Our pharmacists perform lipid testing that identifies patients at high risk for atherosclerosis. Results are used to identify patients who would benefit from being on statin medications. A lipid panel is obtained through a small blood sample and results are readily available to the patient within minutes. Our pharmacists will review the results and make recommendations to your doctor based on your personal history. Counseling and lifestyle modifications will also be offered to ensure optimal outcomes when it comes to your overall health.
Hba1c testing serves as a guide for counseling and therapy management to improve glycemic control. HBa1c s gives an overall picture of blood glucose levels over a period of 2-3 months. When screened properly, HBa1c monitoring can reduce the risk of microvascular complications such as: retinopathy, neuropathy, and kidney disease by as much as 25%. Contact us today and schedule an appointment for testing to ensure your HBa1c is under control.
Rapid influenza diagnostic testing is available as part of our specialty services. If you believe you have been exposed to influenza, getting screened right away and starting therapy within 48 hours after contraction is vital to fighting off the virus and minimizing symptoms. Our influenza diagnostic tests screen for both influenza A and B viral nucleoprotein antigens in respiratory secretions. Results are obtained in less than 15 minutes. Our pharmacists can then evaluate your symptoms in conjunction with your influenza test results and consult with your doctor on a treatment.
Group A streptococcus is the most common cause of bacterial pharyngitis, commonly known as strep throat. Symptoms include: sore throat, painful swallowing, swollen tonsils and lymph nodes in the neck, and fever. Our pharmacists give a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms and administer immunoassays to test for presence of Group A streptococcus. Results and obtained within 15 minutes and assist in making guided decisions for eradication of the bacteria to get you back to feeling well again.
Hypertension is often called the “silent killer”. Symptoms often go unnoticed until it is too late. Routine monitoring of blood pressure is essential for minimizing your chances of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. Our pharmacists are trained to take blood pressure measurements and go over the results with you. You will learn what your blood pressure goals are, what can lead to high blood pressure, and how you can manage and lower your blood pressure over time.
COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. There is currently no vaccine available, so it is essential to self-quarantine if you believe you have been exposed. Symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, and sudden loss of taste or smell. If you suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19, testing for presence of antibodies is one way to find out. Your body will make antibodies in response to the virus. We offer COVID-19 antibody testing and consultation. Results for COVID-19 antibody testing are obtained through a small blood sample taken from your finger, similar to blood testing for diabetes. Antibody detection is readily available in as little as 15 minutes and provides significantly valuable information to our pharmacists in determining your next steps for maintaining your health.