Sodium Serum Test is a blood test that helps measure the level of sodium in the blood. Sodium is an essential mineral in the body. The mineral is essential for the generation of nerve impulses in the body and for maintenance of electrolyte balance and fluid balance.
Why get tested?
Sodium Serum Test is performed to determine levels of sodium in the body to diagnose:
Hypernatremia (high levels of sodium in the blood)
Hyponatremia (low levels of sodium in the blood)
The test may also be performed to determine the risk of developing a kidney dysfunction, shortness of breath.
Serum Sodium test is also used to monitor the efficacy of treatment of anti-diuretic medications.
This test includes
The test does not require any specific preparations, but below mentioned are a few points that must be kept in mind prior to undergoing the Sodium Serum Test-
It is advisable to take the tests early morning to get the accurate result.
A night of proper sleep is also advisable to get accurate results.
Use of alcohol and other addictives is prohibited for at least 24 hours before undergoing the test.
Do not smoke before the test.
Intake of any medication should be discussed with the doctor before taking the test so as to avoid getting any misinterpreted results.