A study has been published, showing a significant rise in your platelet count (and thus also the number of platelets you will have when we draw your blood) in response to exercise. Specifically this was after 4 minutes of high intensity training (HIT), tested on a stationary bike. We can probably assume if you do this within 30 mins or less of your blood draw, ie. stop for a quick sprint/jog/aerobic activity (raising your heart rate) to the best of your ability, we will get better platelet counts. If you don't have a heart condition, consider doing this at the Interurban Rail Trail (on the Prospect Lake Rd side of the West Saanich/Prospect Lake intersection) or at the Whitehead park which is minutes from our clinic. Make sure you tell the receptionist as soon as you arrive, so that we can take your blood sample as quickly as possible, for the best result!
Jannice is a family physician with an interest in the treatment of pain. Anything to help the process is added to this blog.