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Lead is a heavy metal found naturally, as well as in many common household products, including ceramic toothbrushes, ceramic tiles in older bathrooms and vintage fashion jewelry.
It can be breathed in, perhaps through lead dust, or ingested through food and drink. No household or workplace is 100% lead-free; there are tiny quantities everywhere. However, if you think you've been exposed to more levels than most, it's vital you're tested frequently as lead can build up in your body over a long period of time. This test identifies high levels of lead, which can lead to damage of the brain, kidneys, nerves and blood cells.
There are various early symptoms of lead poisoning, including tiredness, headaches, muscle and joint pain, stomach aches and cramps, and irritability.
The blood lead test is used to evaluate the concentration of lead in the blood. It represents the amount of lead in the blood at that point in time. It is used to screen for exposure to harmful levels. It is also ordered to monitor the effectiveness of treatment and to confirm that lead levels are decreasing.
The ZPP test measures how much the blood-forming process has been interfered with by lead.
This test is for anyone who is worried about lead exposure either from the workplace or environment.
It is also for employers required to carry out biological monitoring for workers potentially exposed to lead.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
Haemoglobin carries oxygen and gives the red blood cell its red colour. This test measures the amount of haemoglobin in the blood and is a good measure of the blood's ability to carry oxygen around the body.
A high haemoglobin result can mean increased red cell production to compensate for chronically low oxygen levels in the blood caused by lung disease or living at altitude. While it can also indicate "blood doping" other causes can include dehydration, smoking and bone marrow disorders.
A low haemoglobin result indicates anaemia which can have many causes including pregnancy, blood loss, liver damage, iron deficiency and much more. A low haemoglobin level should be investigated in line with other symptoms and results.
We will send you your Lead Exposure Profile blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Lead Exposure Profile test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Lead Exposure Profile test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you can visit my.medichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Lead Exposure Profile test results.
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