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Dangerous Conditions a Simple Blood Test Can Help Detect

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21. Coronary heart disease
> Common symptoms: Chest pain, shortness of breath, heart attack
> Confirmation tests: Electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, stress test
> Treatment: Beta blockers, bypass surgery, stent placement

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22. Liver problems
> Common symptoms: Jaundice, abdominal pain, itchy skin, dark urine, loss of appetite
> Confirmation tests: Additional blood tests, imaging tests, tissue analysis
> Treatment: Lifestyle modification, liver transplant

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23. Gilbert’s syndrome
> Common symptoms: Yellow skin
> Confirmation tests: Complete blood count, liver function tests
> Treatment: None, disease usually resolves itself

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24. Hepatitis C
> Common symptoms: Bleeding and bruising, swelling, confusion
> Confirmation tests: Genotype test, viral load test, additional blood tests
> Treatment: Antiviral medications, liver transplantation

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25. Ovarian cancer
> Common symptoms: Pelvic area discomfort, weight loss, bloating
> Confirmation tests: Pelvic exam, imaging tests, additional blood tests, surgery
> Treatment: Targeted therapy drugs, chemotherapy, surgery

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