HDL Cholesterol Test

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Also known as: HDL; HDL-C; "good" cholesterol
Formal name: High-density lipoprotein 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.

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in the arm or from a finger-prick

Test Preparation Needed?

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