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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’s 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.

Get your cholesterol checked in just a few minutes; find your closest Blooms The Chemist store.