Cholesterol is produced mainly by the liver, & is also found in certain foods. As a fatty substance, cholesterol provides fuel for many everyday bodily functions. However, when it appears in high levels in the blood, it can have a negative impact on your health, increasing your cardiovascular risk in terms of stroke & heart attack.
A Cholesterol blood test measures the amount of LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. A high level of LDL cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. A high level of HDL cholesterol protects against heart disease. Triglycerides are the chemical form most fats take in the body before being used for energy. However, a high level of triglycerides can also lead to similar diseases.
Patients with medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), underactive thyroid, & kidney or liver disease, will often have high levels of cholesterol in their blood. Monitoring these levels is an important part of preventative healthcare, & can help you to prevent future illness.
If you are looking to book a cholesterol test, you are welcome to book an appointment with us.
When should I get tested?
Anyone can come in for a cholesterol test, which will inform you regarding whether or not your levels are healthy.
Your doctor may also advise you to undergo regular cholesterol testing, depending on any existing health conditions you have.
Once your levels have been tested, a doctor can advise you on any measures that could benefit your health, such as a change in diet, your exercise regimen, or medication.
What does the test include?
The cholesterol test is a simple blood test. A doctor or nurse will discuss the test & any health issues or concerns with you before taking your sample.