Cholesterol Test

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Also known as: Blood cholesterol; total cholesterol

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To screen for risk of developing cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke and related diseases); to monitor treatment

When to Get Tested?

Aged 40 as part of a routine cardiovascular health check, or if you are already thought to be at risk of cardiovascular disease for another reason, or if you are taking (or are about to start) treatments which lower cholesterol.

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in the arm, or occasionally a fingerprick

Test Preparation Needed?

No fasting is needed for a cholesterol test. However, you should follow your doctor's advice as fasting might be needed for other tests being performed.