What Is a Blood Cell Count Screening?
Blood Cell Count is one of the most commonly ordered blood screenings. Tells you how many infection-fighting white blood cells you have to help fight against COVID-19.
It can help to provide a general picture of one’s overall health. It tests four main components:
1. White Blood Cell Count – White blood cells are your body’s protectors. When you have an infection, these cells will attack it.
2. Hemoglobin Concentration – Hemoglobin is an iron-containing protein found in red blood cells. It enables the cells to carry oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood.
3. Hematocrit Value – Your percentage of red blood cells in your blood.
4. Platelet Count – Platelets are the smallest type of cell found in the blood. They help stop bleeding after injury.
What Diseases/Conditions can be Identified in Your Blood Cell Count?
An increased number of white cells may occur with infections, appendicitis, pregnancy, leukemia, strenuous exercise, emotional distress and anxiety. Low white blood cell counts make it hard for your body to fight infections, meaning you’re likely to be more prone to catch colds or other infectious diseases. It can also indicate mumps, lupus, cirrhosis of the liver and certain cancers.
Low levels of hemoglobin can indicate anemia. Interesting to note, females typically have lower levels of hemoglobin values than men. The same is true for the hematocrit value, but it can also indicate the presence of liver disease.
Who May Want to Have a Blood Cell Count?
You may want to get this screening if you are experiencing:
• Shortness of breath
• Prone to bruising
• About to have surgery
Always seek the advice of your doctor if you have questions about your results.