Cholesterol – Total

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The Cholesterol – Total test is also known as lipid profile.

What is Cholesterol – Total Test?

Cholesterol – Total is a blood test to measure the total cholesterol in the blood. The standard cholesterol test is conducted as part of regular screening to detect a high level of cholesterol, which can cause heart diseases.

Why is Cholesterol – Total Test Suggested?

Patients with the following risk factors are also recommended the test:

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

How is Cholesterol – Total Test Performed?

Cholesterol – Total is a blood test that is performed at a laboratory. The following steps are pursued:

  • A blood sample is collected.
  • The sample is tested to detect the levels of cholesterol and other lipoproteins.

The Cholesterol – Total Test can be done in fasting or non-fasting mode.

What are the Parameters Measured in Cholesterol – Total Test?

Cholesterol – Total Test measures the levels of total cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and Triglycerides.

Preparation before Cholesterol – Total Test

The Patient has to pre-schedule a Cholesterol – Total test and visit a lab for providing a sample.

  • If the test is performed in a state of fasting, then fasting must take place for 9 to 12 hours before the test.
  • Follow the instructions of the doctor with respect to consuming medications before the test.

Post-care after Cholesterol – Total Test

The following post-care steps should be taken:

  • The patient can go home after giving a sample for the Cholesterol – Total test.
  • The patient should rest for some time if they feel weak or giddy.

Sample types in Cholesterol – Total Test

The Cholesterol – Total test is performed with an Intravenous blood sample.

Side-effects of Cholesterol – Total Test

Giving a sample for the Cholesterol – Total test is a safe procedure that does not usually carry major risks. Side effects may include

  • Excessive bleeding from the sample collection site for Cholesterol – Total Test.
  • Multiple punctures are needed if the vein cannot be located.

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