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Digoxin test is a blood test to detect the presence of the drug Digoxin in the bloodstream of the person.

What is Digoxin?

Digoxin test is used to determine the level of a drug in the bloodstream that is helpful for treating heart failure and irregular heartbeats. Digoxin is the drug used and it is taken orally. Digoxin test is used by the doctors to check if the patient is taking the right amounts of Digoxin or not.

Why is Digoxin suggested?

A Digoxin test is suggested when the patient experiences symptoms such as

  • Fatigue
  • Swelling of hands and feet.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Diarrhea

How is Digoxin performed?

The steps involved in performing Digoxin test are

  • The patient will be asked to visit an outpatient clinical lab.
  • In the clinic, alcohol will be rubbed on the skin of the arm.
  • The skin will be pricked for collecting blood from the patient.
  • The blood sample will be taken for checking the level of Digoxin in the bloodstream of the patient.
  • After the Digoxin test is over, the results will be given to the patient.

What are the parameters measured in Digoxin?

With the help of the Digoxin test, the examiner determines if the individual is taking lesser or more than the prescribed dosage of Digoxin, which can be harmful to him/her.

Preparation before performing Digoxin

The preparations required before performing Digoxin are

  • Inform the doctor about your medical history.
  • Do not take Digoxin before the test, if otherwise is not recommended by the doctor.

Post-care after Digoxin

Post-care after Digoxin includes:

  • Take rest.
  • Take medications prescribed by the doctor.

Sample types in Digoxin

A blood sample is required in a Digoxin test.

Side effects of Digoxin

The common side effects of the Digoxin test are

  • Bruised arm.
  • Slight bleeding and pain.
  • Infection from the needle used.

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