Understand Your Test

Lactate

Formal Name

 Lactate    

Why Get Tested?

To detect high levels of lactate in the blood, which may be an indication of lack of oxygen (hypoxia) or the presence of other conditions that cause excess production or insufficient clearing of lactate from the blood; this test is not meant to be used for screening for health status..

When To Get Tested?

When you have symptoms such as rapid breathing, nausea, and sweating that suggest a lack of oxygen or an abnormal blood pH (acid/base imbalance); when a health practitioner suspects that you may be experiencing sepsis, shock, heart attack, severe congestive heart failurekidney failure, or inadequately treated (uncontrolled) diabetes; when a health practitioner suspects that you have inherited a rare metabolic or mitochondrial disorder.