Cholesterol is a type of fat that is essential for many of the metabolic processes in our body.
There are two types of cholesterol HDL ‘good’ cholesterol and LDL ‘bad cholesterol. Eating foods rich in saturated fats will increase the amount of LDL cholesterol in the blood, which is a risk factor in coronary heart disease.
Raised cholesterol levels can cause cholesterol to be deposited within the walls of arteries, making it difficult for blood to flow through. This build-up in the walls of the arteries puts a person at significant risk of heart disease and stroke.
Abnormally high cholesterol levels may not give you any symptoms, so a blood test is the best way to check how much cholesterol and other lipids your blood contains. This test is a ‘total cholesterol test’, to provide an indication of ‘total cholesterol’.
To gain a full breakdown of your HDL, LDL and Triglycerides levels, it is advisable to visit your GP.
Health Check Procedure
Usually performed as a fasting test, a small amount of blood will be taken from your fingertip.
Applying gentle pressure afterward should reduce bleeding or bruising, though this can be a common after-effect. The test should take about 3 minutes.