Getting your cholesterol tested is vital to knowing your current heart and circulatory health. With this knowledge your physician can draw up a lifestyle and treatment plan to prevent complications such as heart attack, stroke, and other major issues.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in your blood and other cells. It is naturally produced in your liver and is necessary for your body to function properly. You can ingest additional cholesterol from animal and dairy products such as meat, milk, cheese, fish, and eggs. There are two types of cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins (bad cholesterol) and high-density lipoproteins (good cholesterol). A test will measure levels of both types.
If you have high levels of bad cholesterol it can build up and harden in your arteries as plaque. This decreases the size of the artery and prevents normal blood flow to the heart. If an artery becomes completely blocked by plaque, a heart attack is likely. A cholesterol profile is used for a cardiac risk assessment. The test results along with analysis of other factors such as family history, age, weight, and diet help your doctor understand your risk of heart disease so they can establish a treatment plan.
Our cholesterol panel tests: Lipids, Homocysteine, Lipoprotein A, and CRP high sensitivity.