What to know about variable heart rhythms and AFib
An Ohio State cardiac electrophysiologist shares what to know about heart rhythms and AFib.
A physician orders a glucose test when he or she is trying to diagnose diabetes. There are two main types of glucose tests:
The results of these tests, in addition to other symptoms you may be experiencing, will help your physician determine a diagnosis of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Either diagnosis can greatly increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Diabetics are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease from a number of risk factors, including:
Once you have been diagnosed with diabetes, everyday glucose monitoring is necessary for proper diabetes management and to minimize dangerous complications like heart disease or stroke. Everyday monitoring can be done at home with personal blood glucose monitors.
Preparing for your procedure
Always check with your physician for special instructions when scheduling your glucose test. It is important for you to eat and drink normally in the days leading up to the test.
Do not eat or drink anything for at least eight hours prior to your fasting plasma glucose test. No fasting is necessary for the oral glucose tolerance test; however, you will need to schedule the test when you have two hours available for the entire test. Check with your physician to determine if any of your medications should be avoided for the days leading up to your scheduled test. Make sure to bring all of your medications, as well as any herbal or dietary supplements and over-the-counter medications, to the test with you.
During your procedure
During the fasting plasma glucose test, make sure to hold still while the technician is drawing your blood. During the oral glucose tolerance test, it is very important that you avoid eating, drinking or smoking during the two-hour period between blood tests. You can bring a book or magazine to read while you wait.
After your procedure
You can resume normal daily activities once the test is over. You might want to bring a small snack to eat after the oral glucose tolerance test to help flush the sugary drink out of your system. Your physician will contact you with the test results to determine the appropriate next steps.
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