Hemoglobin is a protein in your red blood cells which carries oxygen to your body’s organs and tissue, and then transports carbon dioxide from your organs and tissues back into your lungs. It is an essential bodily function which can have serious consequences when not at normal levels.
If a hemoglobin test reveals levels lower than normal, you may have a lower than average red blood cell count, a condition called anemia. If the test reveals higher than normal levels, there may be a variety of causes such as the blood disorder polycythemia vera, high altitude, smoking, dehydration, etc. Oxygen is the most essential element to human life, and hemoglobin is responsible for transporting it within your body.
A hemoglobin test is done simply by pricking a finger with a lancet and inserting a blood sample into our handheld unit. The device then examines the blood, giving a fast and accurate reading of the sample. With over 400 million tests done a year, it is the most clinically ordered blood test. Vital Scan and its team are ready to bring this important service right to you!