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Sodium - Serum

Also Known as Sodium Profile, Serum Na, Serum Sodium
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  • sodium - serum

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    Sample type: BLOOD
    Gender: Both
    Age group: All age group
    The Sodium test helps to determine the levels of sodium. It helps to diagnose the cause of imbalance in levels of electrolytes. It helps to monitor the ongoing treatment for abnormal sodium levels. The Sodium serum test is done: • As a routine health check-up • In dehydration • In case of blood pressure problems • In case of edema

    Frequently asked questions

    To take the blood sample, a tourniquet (elastic) band is placed tightly on the upper arm. The patient is asked to make a fist. This helps in the buildup of blood filling the veins and it becomes easy to collect the blood. The skin is cleaned before inserting the needle in the vein in order to prevent bacteria from entering. The needle is then inserted into the vein in the arm and the blood sample is collected in the vacutainer.
    The function of sodium is to help in the normal functioning of cells. It also helps in the regulation of the amount of fluid in the body.
    The signs and symptoms of imbalance in levels of sodium include headache, confusion, nausea, vomiting, loss of energy, fatigue, drowsiness, muscle weakness, spasms or cramps, seizures, and coma.
    Our body tries to keep the range of sodium very narrow by producing hormones that increase or decrease the amount of sodium that is eliminated in the urine. It produces an antidiuretic hormone that is responsible for preventing the loss of water from the body. Our body controls the thirst. When there is an increase in sodium levels, the body feels thirsty. When we drink water, the sodium level comes to normal.
    Imbalance of sodium levels can be prevented by drinking lot of water, and drinks containing electrolytes.
    Yes, please inform your doctor if you are taking any medicines or supplements as it might interfere with the test results.
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