Lab Testing

The Family Docs

Jeanne-Elyse Gray Cedeno, MD, PA

Family Medicine Physician located in Pembroke Pines, FL

Lab testing is an important part of a solid health care plan, but traveling to various locations to get the tests you need can be challenging. Jeanne-Elyse Cedeno, MD, PA, of The Family Docs in Pembroke Pines, Florida, offers in-house lab services as well as advanced testing options to give you the highest level of care possible under one roof. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more, and begin your own journey to improved health and wellness.

Lab Testing Q & A

What is blood testing and why is it necessary?

Blood tests are a powerful diagnostic tool and provide a great deal of insight into how your body is functioning at a given point in time. There are many reasons why Dr. Cedeno might order blood work, including to:

  • Evaluate your organ function
  • Determine your risk for heart disease
  • Track how well your medications are working
  • Check your blood’s clotting function
  • Search for signs of cancer, diabetes, and other diseases

Blood testing can also provide detailed information about your nutrient levels, allowing you to adjust your diet and supplementation programs to achieve overall health goals. There are even options that can check for the presence of illegal or commonly abused drugs.

Having access to an in-office lab is a great way to get the answers you need to shape your care without having to book additional appointments or travel to another location. 

What is an EKG?

An EKG, or electrocardiogram, is a test that looks for indications of heart disease. This safe and noninvasive screening tool gives Dr. Cedeno information about your heart’s rhythm, blood flow, and structure. She can look for electrolyte abnormalities and measure blood flow to and from your heart muscle. 

The process for having an EKG is simple. There’s no need to alter your diet or fast prior to your test, no anesthesia is required. Avoid using skin creams on the day of your appointment to make sure the electrodes make proper contact with your skin. 

Those electrodes are attached with special adhesive and connected to the computer that performs the test. You may be asked to lie still during your test, or you may be required to perform exercises to evaluate how well your heart functions under strain. 

What role do ultrasounds play in health care?

Ultrasound testing uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of your internal tissues and structures. A simple and noninvasive screening tool, ultrasounds allow Dr. Cedeno to visualize your vascular system and organs to search for abnormalities. 

In some cases, ultrasound technology can help guide treatment injections, including corticosteroid joint injections. The real-time imaging allows Dr. Cedeno to see exactly where the needle is moving and deliver injections where they will be most effective. 

If you need advanced testing, The Family Docs is a great resource. Book an appointment today online or over the phone to learn more about available screening options.