At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To assess your 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) lipid-modifying treatments (e.g. statins).
A blood sample is obtained by inserting a needle into a vein in your arm, or occasionally from a fingerprick.
Test Preparation Needed?
The guidance on this changed in 2014. Before this, fasting used to be needed for a lipid profile, but is now it is no longer routinely required. However, fasting may still be needed in some circumstances, so you should follow your doctor's advice.