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Overview

LDL cholesterol is a type of lipoprotein that is mostly made of cholesterol and low amount of protein. The Cholesterol – LDL test measures the amount of LDL cholesterol in the blood.

What is Cholesterol – LDL Test?

Cholesterol – LDL is a blood test to measure the level of LDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is deposited on the plaque of blood vessels, which results in narrowing down and blockage in blood vessels.

Why is Cholesterol – LDL Test Suggested?

The Cholesterol – LDL Test is suggested to screen patients who have a risk of heart diseases and design proper treatment plans to lower LDL levels. These include:

  • High blood pressure.
  • Sedentary lifestyle.
  • Family history of heart diseases.

How is Cholesterol – LDL Test Performed?

Cholesterol – LDL Test is performed as part of the lipid profile.

  • Blood sample from the veins is collected.
  • The sample is tested to determine the level of LDL.

The Cholesterol – LDL Test should be conducted when a person is healthy.

What are the Parameters Measured in Cholesterol – LDL Test?

The Cholesterol – LDL Test measures the level of LDL cholesterol in the blood.

Preparation before Performing Cholesterol – LDL Test

Not much prior preparation is required before the Cholesterol – LDL Test. The following measures may be followed:

  • Discuss food and medications before the Cholesterol – LDL test with your doctor.
  • Pregnant women should wait for six weeks after delivery to get the test done.

Post-care after Cholesterol – LDL Test

The Cholesterol – LDL Test is a safe and quick procedure which does not require any post-care.

  • Patient can go home and resume normal activity after giving sample.
  • Any discomfort may be reported to the doctor

Sample Types in Cholesterol – LDL Test

The Cholesterol – LDL test requires only a single sample.

  • Intravenous blood sample.

Side-effects of Cholesterol – LDL Test

There are no risks involved in giving a sample for the Cholesterol – LDL test.

  • Slight pain at the site of sample collection for Cholesterol – LDL test.
  • Feeling weak or lightheaded.

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