Cholesterol and Lipid Blood Test
This blood test measures your cholesterol and lipids. It can help in assessing an individual's risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
What is this test?
A lipid blood test, also known as a lipid panel or lipid profile, is a medical test that measures the levels of fats and cholesterol in a person's blood. It provides important information about the individual's lipid profile, including total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein), HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein), and triglycerides.
High cholesterol often presents with no obvious symptoms. However, without intervention, it can increase the risk of heart conditions and strokes. It's a quiet concern, potentially causing significant health issues unexpectedly.
Is it for me ?
Here are some factors that can increase your risk of unhealthy cholesterol levels:
- Unhealthy diet
- Family history
- History of heart disease or stroke
- Lack of exercise
This test could also check your cholesterol levels if you are already on cholesterol-lowering medication.
How long does it take?
The test turnaround is 24 hours.
Type of sample
What is included in this test
These biomarkers measure levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and other fats in your blood. They can help identify the risk of heart-related medical conditions.
The benefits of this blood test
- Check your cholesterol levels
- Treatment, health insights and support
- Guidance for managing the symptoms
- Lifestyle advice
It is advisable to include a lipid profile as part of your routine health check-up, especially if you have reached middle age or have risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Understanding Risk Factors
If you have specific risk factors for high cholesterol, such as a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, diabetes, or high blood pressure, this test may help you better understand your cholesterol levels.
Individuals with a history of heart disease, stroke, or other cardiovascular conditions may require regular lipid profile testing to monitor their cholesterol levels and assess the effectiveness of their treatment.
If you are taking cholesterol-lowering medications, regular lipid profile tests are necessary to ensure that the medications are effectively managing your cholesterol levels.
If you have recently made significant changes to your lifestyle, such as adopting a healthier diet, increasing physical activity, or losing weight, a lipid profile can help assess the impact of these changes on your cholesterol levels.
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