Test Overview – This test checks for the amount of calcium in the blood but does not include the calcium stored in the bones. Apart from maintaining healthy bones, calcium in the blood helps maintain a healthy nervous system, supports muscle function and promotes healthy heart function.

When is it recommended? – Anytime or fasting as decided by the doctor

Diagnostic ailment –Kidney problems, pancreatitis, problems with parathyroid glands.

Significance – This test is done to check for any abnormality in the blood calcium levels that could impact kidney function, cause inflammation in the pancreas and confirm an abnormal EKG test reading.

What does the test result mean? – The recommended calcium levels are 8.8-10.4 milligrams mg/dL or 2.2-2.6 mmol/L in adults.

For children, the recommended levels are 6.7-10.7 mg/dL or 1.90-2.75 mmol/L.

A significantly higher or lower reading of calcium level may indicate kidney disease, cancer, malnutrition and other health concerns.

Note:  Acceptable levels for calcium may differ as per your case history and doctor’s discretion.

Special Instructions – This test may or may not be fasting, as determined by your doctor. However, avoid consuming any form of calcium supplement 12 hours before the test for correct results.