Sodium in Blood: About This Test
What is it?
A sodium test checks for how much sodium is in the blood. Sodium helps the body keep the right mix of water and minerals.
Why is this test done?
This test is usually done to check the water and electrolyte balance of the body.
How do you prepare for the test?
In general, there's nothing you have to do before this test, unless your doctor tells you to.
How is the test done?
A health professional uses a needle to take a blood sample, usually from the arm.
How long does the test take?
The test will take a few minutes.
What happens after the test?
- You will probably be able to go home right away.
- You can go back to your usual activities right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
Where can you learn more?
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
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Current as of: June 27, 2022