Total Cholesterol


The Total Cholesterol test is a blood test that measures the total amount of cholesterol in your blood. Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is essential for various bodily functions, including building cell membranes and producing hormones. However, high levels of cholesterol can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke.

The Total Cholesterol test provides valuable information about your cardiovascular health by measuring the combined levels of different types of cholesterol in your blood, including:

  1. Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol: Often referred to as “bad” cholesterol, LDL cholesterol contributes to the buildup of plaque in the arteries, leading to atherosclerosis and an increased risk of heart disease.
  2. High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Cholesterol: Known as “good” cholesterol, HDL cholesterol helps remove excess cholesterol from the bloodstream and transport it to the liver for elimination, reducing the risk of heart disease.
  3. Very Low-Density Lipoprotein (VLDL) Cholesterol: VLDL cholesterol carries triglycerides, another type of fat, in the bloodstream. Elevated levels of VLDL cholesterol are associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

By measuring total cholesterol levels, healthcare providers can assess your overall risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and determine the appropriate management strategies. Depending on the results, lifestyle modifications such as dietary changes, regular exercise, weight management, and smoking cessation may be recommended. In some cases, medications such as statins or other lipid-lowering drugs may be prescribed to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Regular monitoring of total cholesterol levels is important for maintaining cardiovascular health and preventing complications associated with high cholesterol levels. It is essential to work closely with your healthcare provider to develop a personalized treatment plan based on your individual risk factors and medical history.

More Health Markers we can test

  • Adjusted Calcium
  • Alanine Transaminase
  • Albumin
  • Alkaline Phosphatase
  • Antithyroglobulin Antibodies
  • Aspartate Aminotransferase
  • Basophils
  • Basophils percent
  • Beta-hCG
  • Calcium
  • Cereals and Seeds
  • Creatine Kinase
  • Creatinine
  • Egg
  • Eosinophils
  • Eosinophils percent
  • Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate
  • Ferritin
  • Fish and Seafood
  • Folate
  • Follicular Stimulating Hormone
  • Free T3
  • Free T4 (thyroxine)
  • Fruit
  • Gamma Glutamyl Transferase
  • Globulin
  • Grass Pollens
  • Haematocrit
  • Haemoglobin
  • HbA1c (Glycosylated Haemoglobin)
  • HDL Cholesterol
  • HDL percentage
  • High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein
  • Insects and Pollens
  • Iron
  • Legumes and Nuts
  • Low Density Lipoprotein
  • Luteinizing Hormone
  • Lymphocytes
  • Lymphocytes percent
  • Magnesium
  • Mean Cell Haemoglobin
  • Mean Cell Haemoglobin Concentration
  • Mean Cell Volume (MCV)
  • Mean Platelet Volume
  • Meat
  • Milk
  • Mites
  • Monocytes
  • Monocytes percent
  • Moulds and Yeasts
  • Neutrophils
  • Neutrophils percent
  • Non-HDL-Cholesterol
  • Oestradiol (E2)
  • Other Allergies
  • Pets and Animals
  • Platelet Count
  • Red Cell Count
  • Red Cell Distribution Width
  • Spices
  • Testosterone
  • Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
  • Total Bilirubin
  • Total Cholesterol
  • Total Cholesterol: HDL Ratio
  • Total Iron-Binding Capacity
  • Total Protein
  • Transferrin Saturation
  • Tree Pollens
  • Triglyceride
  • Unsaturated Iron Binding Capacity
  • Urate (Uric acid)
  • Urea
  • Vegetables
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D (25-OH)
  • Weed Pollens
  • White Cell Count