What is a Cholesterol Test for?
The Cholesterol Test detects the level of total cholesterol in the blood, highlighting a possible high value. The measurement works with a single reactive strip, without the aid of any other instruments. This can help you identify your concentration of total cholesterol level.
What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a lipid molecule belonging to the sterol class, which plays an important role in human body physiology. Cholesterol is transported into the blood by lipoproteins, whose two main types are HDL and LDL – high-density lipoproteins and low-density lipoproteins. The first often called good cholesterol has the function of transporting the cholesterol present in the blood to the liver, which provides for its elimination. In contrast, the second is considered as bad cholesterol and are responsible for transporting cholesterol in the blood and may cause accumulations in arterial vessels, with consequent risks of arteriosclerosis and strokes.
When its concentration increases, it become one of the most relevant risk factors for your heart and, consequently, for your health. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among adults both in USA and Europe, and people with hyperlipidemia (too many lipids) are at roughly twice the risk of developing cardiovascular disease as compared to those with normal total cholesterol levels.
Who should use the Cholesterol Test?
The Cholesterol Test is intended for home use by people who have not previously had a cholesterol test, to give them an indication of whether one’s cholesterol level is high enough to visit their physician for further advice and/or to monitor cholesterol levels at home if you have already been advised by the doctor that it’s elevated.
It’s recommended for men over 40 and women over 45 years old if there are no other risk factors. If other risk factors are present, testing is recommended for all those over 25 years old.
How does the Cholesterol Test work?
The Cholesterol Test detects total cholesterol level in blood using an enzymatic method with semi-quantitative determination. The cholesterol in the blood sample reacts with particular enzymes in the test strip, leading to the development of green colour. The intensity and the gradation of the colour are proportional to the concentration of the cholesterol itself. The colour on the test strip is then compared to the provided chart, which indicates the measured value.
|1) Block the strip test onto the support card by using the little fixing wings, do not touch the reactive area delimited by the green lines.|
|2) The sample is a blood drop taken with the sterile lancet contained in the box.|
|3) Obtain a big drop of blood by squeezing the finger.|
|4) Place this drop of blood on the strip, inside the green area indicated by the arrow.|
When should I use the Cholesterol Test?
Checking the level of cholesterol in the blood is an excellent method to evaluate your health status and the ability to take preventive action. High cholesterol concentration doesn’t show any symptoms, so many people are unaware that their cholesterol levels are too high. Therefore, it is important to find out the level of cholesterol before it starts having an impact on your health.
Common questions asked to a Doctor:
What is an acceptable cholesterol range?
How do I lower my cholesterol level?
What are the new guidelines for cholesterol levels?
What is another name for high cholesterol?