cholesterol

Cholesterol Home Test Kit

A cholesterol home test can be a great way to examine your cardiovascular health. We now know that the level of fat in the blood can indicate how likely it is that we could suffer in the future with heart disease or a stroke.

Why Use A Cholesterol Home Test?

A cholesterol home test can be a great way to check your cardiovascular health as the test examines the amount of fat in your blood. Raised cholesterol levels can indicate that you could be at risk of heart disease or even a stroke.  When cholesterol builds up in your arteries it can cause the arteries to constrict and blood to clot which in turn can lead to a heart attack.  Having a test can therefore allow you to make changes in your life to try to avert cardiovascular disease.

Who Should Use This Test?

You should consider this test if you have a family history of heart disease, if you suffer from obesity and/or if you suffer from diabetes and kidney disease. You can of course also take this test if you simply want to monitor your cardiovascular health.

What’s In A Home Testing Kit?

The test requires a blood sample taken from your finger. Most test providers will supply you with lancets, a blood collecting tube, transport tubes, disinfectant cloth, swab and plaster.

What Does A Cholesterol Home Test Do?

Most test providers will look for the following biomarkers in your sample; triglycerides, HDL, LDL and HDL as a % of total cholesterol. Triglycerides are a type of fat stored in the body. After we eat the body converts the calories we don’t need to triglycerides. The higher the levels the more at risk we are of heart disease. LDL and HDL are both types of cholesterol, HDL is the ‘good’ cholesterol which transports excess cholesterol to the liver to be expelled. High HDL reduces the risk of heart disease, but low levels of HDL can mean you are at a higher risk of heart disease.LDL is the so called ‘bad’ cholesterol, as it can lead to cholesterol building up in your arteries. High levels of LDL can mean you are more at risk of heart problems.