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Preparations Before Test

  • Prior to the test, you might be asked to fast for around 9-12 hours

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What is Cholesterol

Cholesterol is needed to produce essential elements in the body. There are two types of cholesterols in the body: good or HDL, and bad, LDL, cholesterol.

When you consume too much saturated and trans-fat, it can lead to higher levels in blood. Bad cholesterol then hampers blood flow, contributes towards the formation of plaques, and paves way for heart disease and stroke.

What is cholesterol test?

Cholesterol test is a type of blood test that measures the amount of cholesterol and some fats in the blood. It helps in gauging the buildup of fat deposits in the blood vessels as well.

What is the cholesterol test used for?

The cholesterol test is used for:

  • Checking the levels of good and bad cholesterol alongside triglyceride levels
  • Gauging your risk for heart disease
  • Estimating the risk of heart attack
  • Screening for diseases of the blood vessels

When should I get a cholesterol test?

It is recommended that you get cholesterol levels checked every 1-5 years, or as instructed by your doctor. Moreover, you should also get a cholesterol test if you:

  • Have a history of heart disease
  • Are diabetic
  • Have family history of heart problems
  • Are obese
  • Are in a habit of smoking
  • Are at risk for cardiovascular problems
  • Consume a diet high in saturated fat
  • Are not physically active

How is a cholesterol test performed?

As cholesterol is a type of blood test, the test requires drawing blood sample. A needle is used to get blood sample from either the arm or the hand. Those with needle phobia might have a harder time, but otherwise, the test is fairly simple and quick to perform.

Cholesterol test normal range

The range for desirable, borderline high, high, and very high cholesterol levels is contingent on your laboratory and the standard medical practices. It is best let your doctor understand the test results rather than panicking.

Your doctor will look at the test results holistically, considering factors like your gender, age, lifestyle, health issues, and family history. They might also request for other tests to ascertain heart problems. Sometimes, the issue can be improved by making lifestyle changes, and eating better, but other times, medication might be needed.

What are the risks of a cholesterol test?

Like all the other blood tests, the risks involved in cholesterol test are rather minor. These include:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Infection at the puncture site
  • Soreness and pain

How long does it take to get the cholesterol test results?

You can get cholesterol test results within a day, but it may also be contingent on your laboratory.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I book Cholesterol test in Pakistan?

You can easily book Cholesterol test in Pakistan through oladoc. Just search for the test you are looking for through the oladoc.com website and follow the instructions to book your test within a few minutes.

What is the price of Cholesterol test in Pakistan?

The price of Cholesterol test in Pakistan is around Rs. 600 - 850. The price can vary depending on the lab you choose. However, on oladoc you can avail discounts on lab tests as well.
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