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.