Bicarbonate (HC03), is a chemical that keeps the pH of blood from becoming too acidic or too basic. Bicarbonate tests help find and keep track of conditions that affect blood bicarbonate levels, including many kidney diseases, some lung diseases, and metabolic conditions.
Bicarbonate levels are almost never tested alone and are usually completed alongside other electrolytes to tell your doctor whether your sodium, potassium, chloride, and bicarbonate levels are in balance. A bicarbonate blood test is rarely tested without the advice of a doctor or other healthcare practitioner beforehand.
Electrolytes are positively and negatively charged molecules called ions, that are found within the body's cells and extracellular fluids, including blood plasma. They are important because they are what your cells (especially nerve, heart, muscle) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells.
Your kidneys work to keep the electrolyte concentrations in your blood constant despite changes in your body.
Typically, tests for electrolytes measure levels of sodium, potassium, chloride, and bicarbonate in the body.
Sodium is both an electrolyte and mineral. It helps regulate the water (inside and outside the body's cells) and electrolyte balance of the body. Sodium is also important in how nerves and muscles work.
Potassium is essential to regulate how the heart beats. It also helps move nutrients into cells and waste products out of cells and influences how nerves and muscles communicate.
Chloride, like sodium, helps maintain a balance of fluids in the body.
Bicarbonate prevents the body's tissues from getting too much or too little acid. The kidney and lungs balance the levels of bicarbonate in the body.
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.
Bicarbonate prevents your body's tissues from getting too much or too little acid. Your kidneys and lungs balance the level of bicarbonate in your body. Bicarbonate is looked at in conjunction wtih the other electrolytes in your blood; sodium, potassium and chloride. Levels can be affected by severe vomiting and diarrhoea.
Raised levels of bicarbonate may indicate kidney disease, liver disease or other metabolic conditions.
Low levels of bicarbonate may indicate lung disease, Cushing's syndrome or Conn's syndrome.
We will send you your Bicarbonate finger-prick blood test sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample collection or choose to go our London laboratory during the checkout process.How to collect a finger-prick blood sample
Your Bicarbonate 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 Bicarbonate test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to mymedichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Bicarbonate test results.
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