£39 + £30 phlebotomy fee

Are you concerned about your heart health? Our Cholesterol Test measures a key marker for heart disease (triglycerides), alongside total, good, and bad cholesterols, giving you an accurate overview of your cardiovascular risk.

Triglyceride is a common type of fat found in the body, created when our body holds excess calories, alcohol and sugars. Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that can be found in every cell of the body. Good cholesterol (High-Density Lipoprotein) helps to remove excess bad cholesterol (Low-Density Lipoprotein) from the body. Bad cholesterol may build up in the arteries causing them to become hard and narrow and increasing the risk of experiencing a heart attack or a stroke.

  1. Total Triglycerides: Triglyceride is a common type of fat found in the body and is created when our body holds excess calories, alcohol and sugars. High triglycerides are often a sign of conditions such as obesity and metabolic syndrome, which increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  2. Cholesterol: Total cholesterol is the overall amount of cholesterol in your blood.
  3. HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein): HDL is good cholesterol which helps to remove excess bad cholesterol (LDL) from the body and decreases the risk of having heart problems and stroke.
  4. LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein): LDL is bad cholesterol which can build up in the arteries causing them to become hard and narrow and increasing the risk of experiencing a heart attack or a stroke.
  5. Non-HDL Cholesterol: Non-HDL cholesterol is calculated by subtracting the number of HDL cholesterol in the blood from the total cholesterol.
  6. HDL Ratio: The TC:HDL ratio is a measure of the level of good cholesterol (HDL) in the blood compared to the overall cholesterol level.

You should be tested if:

  • You want to monitor your cardiovascular health
  • You have a strong family history of heart disease
  • You have a first-degree relative who has suffered a heart attack, cardiac stents, a stroke or has undergone bypass surgery
  • You are overweight or obese
  • You drink alcohol and smoke frequently
  • You lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • You suffer from diabetes, kidney infection, polycystic ovary syndrome or an under-active thyroid gland

This test should be taken while fasting, or in other words, before you have eaten or drunk anything that morning (other than water).