What Is the D-Dimer Test?

D-dimer is a type of the protein remains formed at the moment when a blood clot breaks up in the body. It is usually unnoticeable, but there are some conditions when health experts can detect in the blood. And D-Dimer test is administered to find out the level of D-Dimer in the blood. The test is generally ordered to find whether there is any serious blood clot in the body.  

When you have a cut due to an accident, your body has a natural ability to heal you through many steps. If your body doesn’t do any process to make your blood clump up, it may cause some serious health problems.

When the Doctors Order for D-Dimer Test?

The testing process is generally administered when someone is taken to the emergency room with some severe symptoms such as chest pain and breathing problems.

In addition, those experiencing the signs of deep vein thrombosis are also suggested for D-Dimer test. On the other hand, your doctor may also order for this test if the possibility of having a clot in your body is higher.

Below are some conditions when the possibility of having blood clots are always higher and your doctor would suggest you for the testing:

  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
  • Clotting diseases
  • Some types of cancers
  • Major injuries
  • Knee replacement
  • Pregnancy

What Happens During the D-Dimer Testing Procedure?

It’s an easy blood test as you will experience a pinch when the doctor pushes a thin needle to draw a small amount of blood from your body. Since you don’t feel any odd symptoms after the test, however, if you get soreness around the place when the blood is drawn, tell your doctor.

You will find the results quickly as most of such tests are used in emergency rooms. If the result shows negative findings, you don’t have the clot in your body. But on the contrary, if it shows “high level of D-Dimer in your blood”, your doctor may take up more testing procedures to check you have a blood clot.