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Patient Preparation: Overnight fasting required
Total blood cholesterol is a collective term involving estimation of LDL, HDL and VLDL. Test results give a preliminary assessment of the individuals risk for heart disease, which guides further specific testing to reach a definitive diagnosis.
Your doctor may advice this test if you have
Chest pain or angina.
Shortness of breath.
Numbness or coldness in extremities.
High blood pressure.
Cholesterol is a vital chemical present in the body and performs many functions such as coating the cells of the body-forming the cell membrane, producing certain components called bile acids which aid in digestion of fats.
Additionally, it performs an imperative role in production of certain vital nutrients like vitamin D and sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone (steroid hormones). Elevated levels of cholesterol indicate a risk for heart disease, atherosclerosis and stroke and hence estimating blood cholesterol levels is one of the most fundamental and critical test in routine screening and health check-up.
Sample: 2 mL of Serum