Cholesterol is a substance in your blood that, when too high, can increase your risk of heart disease. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is a texture unlike your blood. When too much of it is in your blood, you can develop fatty deposits in your blood cells. To keep cholesterol levels down, it is vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle including diet and exercise.
Sometimes you can be genetically predisposed to high cholesterol and heart disease, meaning that, despite your best efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you may still be at risk. Due to hereditary factors, high cholesterol may be something for you to monitor regardless of the effort you make. If you have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease, it is wise for you to have regular Cholesterol Blood Tests to determine whether you have High Blood Cholesterol.
A Cholesterol Blood Test consists of a sample of your blood taken from your arm that is analysed for fat content. This is also called a lipid test or lipid panel. Most Cholesterol Blood Tests do not require any special preparations and can be completed with either a prick to the finger or drawing blood from your arm. In some cases you may have to have a Cholesterol Fasting Test, in which case you would be asked to not eat for approximately 12 hours prior to your blood test. Touchwood Pharmacy offers Cholesterol Blood Tests at our pharmacy locations in:
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