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.
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.