Non-HDL Cholesterol Test

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help with estimating risk of developing cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke and related diseases); to monitor treatments which lower cholesterol.

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 when having non-HDL cholesterol checked. However, you should follow your doctor's advice as fasting might be needed for other tests being performed.