Calcium test is done to measure total calcium level and ionized calcium level in the body. The balance between stored calcium and free calcium in blood and bones is maintained in the body. However, if it’s low or high then the test is done to detect health issues. This test is used to diagnose health conditions that are caused because of low or high calcium level. Some of the common disease caused by abnormal level of calcium are neurologic disorders, bone diseases, kidney failure, thyroid malfunction, heart problems, and muscle spasm.
Procedure involved in the calcium test
The surface or area is cleaned with the help of an antiseptic
The doctor takes the sample of the blood by using a sterile swab
The specialist inserts the needle into the vein and withdraws the nozzle
The specialist then applies a bit of pressure on the area for the easy flow of blood
Cotton or gauze is used to stop bleeding
Then the blood sample is sent to the laboratory
Why get tested?
Calcium is a common mineral found and produced in the body and is very important for proper functioning of the organs in the body. Usually, there are no such symptoms of the low or high level of calcium in the body. The physical symptoms usually occur only if the level is extremely low or extremely high in the body. If the calcium level is low, then it indicates hypocalcaemia. If the calcium level is high then it indicates hypercalcemia. The test is usually performed during the full health care preventive check-up.
This test includes
The patient should wear a short-sleeved shirt or sleeveless shirt. It makes the collection of blood sample simple as well as hassle-free
The patient should inform the doctor about the health conditions and about on-going medicines before undergoing the test
The doctor might give some specific instructions after knowing about the medications and health condition