Cholesterol Blood Test
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Cholesterol Blood Test
Cholesterol Blood Tests can be self-administered through a finger-prick test, measuring triglycerides, LDL and HDL.
Our kits are suitable for human use only and for adults aged 18+.
- Are you interested in checking your heart health? Perhaps your family has a history of high cholesterol levels or you would like to find out the best way to optimise your diet to help reduce your bad cholesterol levels. Take our simple home finger prick blood test to get a better understanding of your cholesterol levels and in turn improve your heart health. Take action today and find out your cholesterol levels.
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Total cholesterol measures the total amount of cholesterol in your blood, including HDL and LDL. Cholesterol is created in the liver and plays an important role in multiple bodily functions such as; creating vitamin D and bile and being the membrane of all of your body's cells. Cholesterol helps to transport fatty acids around through the blood and can act as a great indicator of your heart health, such as predispositions to cardiovascular issues such as a heart attack and heart disease.
HDL (High-density lipoprotein)
HDL is an abbreviation for high-density lipoprotein and is often referred to as the 'good cholesterol' because of its role in removing other forms of cholesterol from your body. HDL can help to protect your heart and blood vessels due to its anti-inflammatory effect, anti-oxidant properties and its ability to remove excess fat to the liver for processing. Therefore having optimal HDL levels is essential to your health. Our Welzo HDL test will identify your HDL levels and give insight into improvements that need to be made to help boost your HDL levels.
More information on HDL Cholesterol can be found by clicking here.
LDL (Low-density lipoprotein)
LDL or Low-density lipoprotein helps the body transport fat such as Triglycerides. However, LDL is often referred to as the 'bad' cholesterol because when your LDL levels are elevated, you face an increased risk of cardiovascular issues. These include heart attack and heart disease. This occurs as LDL can lead to fatty deposits accruing in the artery walls leading to atherosclerosis.
For more information on LDL click here.
Triglycerides are a blood fat playing an essential part in the healthy function of your body. Triglycerides are the body's primary storage method for fat and can be used as an energy source. Triglycerides are created in the liver, and while they are essential for energy and fat storage, having elevated levels of triglycerides can lead to cardiovascular issues. Therefore it is crucial to monitor your triglycerides when checking overall cholesterol levels.
HDL % of total
HDL (high-density lipoprotein) percentage of total calculates the amount of HDL you have compared to your total cholesterol level. This specific test biomarker assesses your cardiovascular risk by calculating the total amount of 'good' vs 'bad' and total cholesterol you have in your blood. Doctors and heart disease assessment calculators use this % of the total to evaluate your overall cardiovascular health.
Non HDL Cholesterol
While we are individually measuring your HDL and LDL levels in this test, we will also carry out a non-HDL cholesterol check. This essentially includes all harmful cholesterol in your blood sample and is considered a primary indicator and risk assessment tool for cardiovascular health. Non-HDL levels should generally be below 4mmol/L. HDL and LDL levels can then be monitored to evaluate how any implementation of diet and lifestyle changes impacts your individual cholesterol levels, helping you to optimise your lifestyle based on your biomarkers.
When to take a test?
This test is primarily conducted to evaluate cardiovascular health and can be carried out by anyone who wants to optimise their heart health.
You should strongly consider this test if:
Your family has a history of cardiovascular-related illness
Your family has a strong history of heart infection
Your lifestyle is not optimal for cardiovascular health
You are a smoker
You are a heavy drinker
You are over 50 years old and lead a sedentary lifestyle
You suffer from diabetes, kidney infection, polycystic ovary syndrome or an underactive thyroid gland
A cholesterol blood test is a lab assay that measures the amount of cholesterol in your blood. This type of test is used to screen for and diagnose hyperlipidemia, which is a condition characterised by high levels of cholesterol and other lipids (fatty molecules) in the blood. A cholesterol blood test may also be ordered to help determine your risk of developing heart disease.
The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recommends that all adults aged 20 and older have their cholesterol levels checked at least every five years. If you have certain risk factors for heart disease – such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of heart disease – your doctor may recommend more frequent cholesterol testing.
During a cholesterol blood test, a small sample of your blood is drawn from a vein in your arm and sent to a lab for analysis. The results of your test will be reported as total cholesterol, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and triglycerides (another type of fat found in the blood).
Your doctor will use the results of your cholesterol blood test, along with other factors such as your age, gender, family history, and lifestyle choices, to determine whether you are at risk for heart disease. If your cholesterol levels are high, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes and/or medication to help lower them.
If you're looking for a home cholesterol test, there are a few different options available to you. One popular option is a cholesterol test kit that can be purchased from your local pharmacy or grocery store. These kits typically involve pricking your finger to get a blood sample, which you then send to a lab for analysis.
Another option is to use a home cholesterol testing device, which requires you to prick your fingertip and place the blood on a testing strip. The device will then provide you with your cholesterol levels. Home cholesterol testing devices are becoming increasingly popular, as they are easy to use and provide accurate results.
Whichever option you choose, it's important to make sure that you follow the instructions carefully so that you get accurate results. And if you have any questions, be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Additional Insight from Dr Sameer Nakedar, MBBS, MRCGP, PGCert
Cholesterol is commonly known as a fatty substance in the blood. There is LDL, which is ‘bad’ cholesterol and HDL, the good cholesterol.
LDL can stick to blood vessel walls and, over time, narrow arteries increasing the chance of Cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD is the umbrella term describing heart and/ or blood vessel conditions, such as heart disease or strokes.
HDL helps deposit bad cholesterol in the liver.
Cholesterol Statistics - The 'Silent' Killer
Cholesterol levels in the UK are rising year on year. Understanding your cholesterol levels and make up is essential to optimising your lifestyle.
"This blood profile gives a picture of your lipid profile, which will help you understand cardiovascular disease risk. If appropriate, you can consider lifestyle and treatment options to minimise this element of risk based on the results."
How to take a home blood test
Collecting a blood sample for your finger prick home test is straightforward. Watch the video below for more details on how to take a home blood test.
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Cholesterol Blood Test Information
Specification of Cholesterol Blood Test
- Test name: Cholesterol Blood Test
- Also known as & related tests: Lipid panel, Lipid profile
- Test tube: SST (Gold microtainer)
- Brand: Welzo
- Turn around time: Approx. 24 hours
- Lab test ranges:
- Test Kit Marking: MHRA/UKCA
- Location of Lab: United Kingdom
What is a Cholesterol Blood Test?
A Cholesterol Blood Test is a home health test offered by Welzo. The Cholesterol Blood Test can be taken from the comfort of your home using a finger prick sample, which is then sent back to our lab for analysis and interpretation.
What does a Cholesterol Blood Test for?
A Cholesterol Blood Test tests for the following:.
What are the benefits of a Cholesterol Blood Test?
Checking your health through the use of Cholesterol Blood Test is an important way to track your health. Home testing offers the convenience of conducting health assessments in the comfort of your own home, while enabling quicker, more private results without the need for visiting a healthcare facility.
Can a GP review my Cholesterol Blood Test?
Yes, Welzo offers a GP review service for the Cholesterol Blood Test. Follow the link if you would like to have an online GP appointment with your Cholesterol Blood Test.
Are Cholesterol Blood Tests available on the NHS?
The NHS offers Cholesterol Blood Tests subject to eligibility requirements, consultations and local guidelines.
Cholesterol Blood Test Kit and Ordering
How can a Cholesterol Blood Test be ordered?
A Cholesterol Blood Test can be ordered online through Welzo's secure checkout. Select the Cholesterol Blood Test and add the patient's name and details, then checkout for next-day delivery.
What is included in the Cholesterol Blood Test test kit?
The Cholesterol Blood Test contains the following items in the test kit:
- 1 x UN3373 Test Kit for Biological Substances Category B (test kit design may vary from images displayed online depending on the test selected.
- 1 x Free Return Label
- 1 x Finger Prick Lancet / Urine Sample Pouch or Swab (depending on the test ordered)
- 1 x Cleansing Wipe/ Alcohol Swab
- SST (Gold microtainer)
Cholesterol Blood Test Biomarkers and Results
What biomarkers are tested for in a Cholesterol Blood Test?
The Cholesterol Blood Test checks for the following biomarkers:
What are the results ranges for a Cholesterol Blood Test?
Cholesterol Blood Test reference ranges vary based on age, sex, population sample and numeric test result ranges. However, once you complete your tests, you will receive clear reference ranges for your Cholesterol Blood Test.
What is a normal test range for Cholesterol Blood Test?
The Cholesterol Blood Test range will be provided on the advanced Welzo reporting panel which will factor in multiple aspects such as age, population size comparison and biological sex.
Cholesterol Blood Test Procedure and Timing
When should a Cholesterol Blood Test be taken?
It is best to take a Cholesterol Blood Test first thing in the morning.
How long does a Cholesterol Blood Test take?
The typical turnaround for a Cholesterol Blood Test is 24 hours from receipt at the Welzo laboratory, Monday to Thursday. However, results may come back faster or slower depending on how busy the Welzo laboratory is and if you have requested any biomarkers that take longer to test for. In this case, results can take up to 5 days.
Are there any special preparations required before taking the Cholesterol Blood Test (e.g., fasting)?
We will let you know via email if there are any special requirements for the Cholesterol Blood Test. However, typically we recommend you take a Cholesterol Blood Test first thing in the morning, fasted.
What is the best time to post my Cholesterol Blood Test?
The best time to return your Cholesterol Blood Test sample is Monday to Thursday, before 14:00 to ensure the product arrives at our lab on time for same-day analysis.
What sample is required for a Cholesterol Blood Test?
The Cholesterol Blood Test requires a capillary blood sample using a SST (Gold microtainer) that is collected from a finger-prick blood sample.
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