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What Is A Bicarbonate Test For?

A Bicarbonate test is also known as a Total CO2 or CO2 Content test.

Bicarbonate (Bicarb) is both excreted and reabsorbed by your kidneys.

It serves to help maintain the acidity of your blood and tissues and interacts with other electrolytes (e.g. sodium, potassium, and chloride) to maintain optimum cellular chemistry.

The measurement of bicarbonate allows the estimation of your blood's acid-base balance and is an indicator of kidney performance.

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What If Bicarbonate Test Levels Are High?

What If Bicarbonate Test Levels Are High?

This can be due to metabolic alkalosis, resulting from the loss of acid from your body - often through vomiting and dehydration. This condition leads to a pH increase in tissue. It may also be related to conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and anorexia.

Alkalosis - when your blood pH is too high - can develop into severe medical problems if left untreated.

We recommend you discuss this further with a medical professional. If you experience any acute symptoms including dizziness, difficulty breathing or confusion visit a hospital immediately.

What If Bicarbonate Test Levels Are Low?

What If Bicarbonate Test Levels Are Low?

Abnormal bicarbonate levels suggest your body is having trouble maintaining its acid-base balance or failing to remove carbon dioxide properly. There are a wide range of medical conditions that can cause low bicarbonate including hormone disorders, chronic diarrhoea, kidney disease and alcohol poisoning.

How To Test Bicarbonate?

Health testing for Bicarbonate levels in your blood

The Bicarbonate (Bicarb) Test allows you to accurately check your levels of Bicarbonate in a fingerprick blood sample.

You can check your Bicarbonate levels by buying a laboratory test kit with a Patient Reception visit below. Your sample is then professionally analysed in an accredited laboratory for total reassurance. The Vitall Kidney Function Laboratory Test Kit includes a Bicarbonate test and is available for just £69.

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Other Biomarkers Often Tested With Bicarbonate

Why Take The Bicarbonate Test?

Our Kidney Function blood test kit checks critical electrolytes, minerals & proteins in your blood. 

Waste product accumulation and fluid imbalances can indicate that your kidneys are not functioning properly and can cause damage to your body or a potentially life-threatening situation.

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Who Should Take The Bicarbonate Blood Test?

Assess normal kidney function and indicate kidney damage using a home finger-prick blood test kit.

You get the convenience of home testing with the reassurance of professional clinical analysis. Your results are delivered quickly & securely online.

This Kidney Function Test is advised if you:

  • eat a high protein diet;
  • have a family history of kidney problems;
  • have diabetes, or impaired glucose tolerance;
  • have kidney disease;
  • have kidney stones;
  • have recently experienced an acute injury;
  • have, or have had, high blood pressure;
  • regularly take anti-inflammatory medication (including aspirin & ibuprofen);
  • suffer from urinary tract infections (UTIs);
  • want the convenience of home testing without waiting for a GP appointment;
  • need a high quality, clinically accredited test done in a professional clinical laboratory.

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How Much Do Kidney Function Tests Cost?

The Vitall kidney function test is available online for just £69. Your home test kit will be dispatched by free first class post for delivery to your door.

When you checkout to buy your kidney function test online we also offer additional options, including:

  • Upgrade to next day delivery of your home test kit for an additional £7.99.
  • Visit the Patient Reception in central London for just £25. Your kidney function test sample can be collected by a qualified nurse for immediate analysis.
  • Have a nurse visit you to collect the sample for your kidney function test, this is available within the M25 area for just £149.

Whichever option you choose at checkout, buying the best kidney function test online in the UK with Vitall ensures high quality results from an accredited laboratory.

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