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Patient Preparation: Overnight fasting required
To determine whether your cholestrol is high and to estimate your risk of heart attacks and other forms of heart disease and diseases of the blood vessels.
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: Serum (2 mL)