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Cholesterol

Result type: Quantitative

The LetsGetChecked Cholesterol test helps to monitor your cardiovascular health. Cholesterol is a waxy lipid produced in the liver and found in every cell of the body. There are two main types of cholesterol:

  • HDL (high-density lipoprotein)
  • LDL (low-density lipoprotein)
Maintain desirable cholesterol levels by regularly exercising, avoiding excess sugar, and eating healthier unsaturated fats such as those found in fish and plant oils.

Result ranges

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The total cholesterol test result was within the normal range. The total cholesterol level is a combination of both LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol.The total cholesterol level is a combination of both LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol. High cholesterol levels can mean that the amount of fat circulating in a patient’s blood is above the desirable range for optimum health. The patient should share this result with their doctor.

HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein)

High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) is known as good Cholesterol. Maintaining optimal levels of HDL cholesterol is important in order to lower your risk of developing heart disease and cardiovascular complications such as heart attack and stroke. HDL cholesterol protects against heart disease by taking the "bad" cholesterol out of your blood and preventing it from building up in your arteries. The higher your HDL cholesterol number, the lower your risk of heart disease. Ways to increase HDL cholesterol levels include regular exercise, not smoking, and eating a healthy diet containing “good fats” such as those found in oily fish.

Result ranges

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The patient’s HDL test result was within the normal range.The patient’s HDL test result was lower than the normal range. The patient should share this result with their doctor.The patient’s HDL test result was higher than the normal range.

LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein)

LDL is known as “bad cholesterol”. LDL transports cholesterol to various parts of your body. It may build up in the arteries causing them to become hard and narrow. Maintaining normal levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol is important in order to lower your risk of developing heart disease and cardiovascular complications such as heart attack and stroke.

Result ranges

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The patient’s LDL (low-density lipoprotein) test result was within the normal range. There might be different target levels for LDL cholesterol if the patient has some medical conditions so it is important that the patient shares this result with their doctor.The patient’s LDL test result was higher than the normal range. LDL is known as bad cholesterol. Reducing levels of LDL cholesterol is important in order to lower the risk of developing heart disease. The patient should share this result with their doctor who can advise the best treatment option.

HDL % of Total Cholesterol

Total cholesterol levels are a combination of HDL (good), LDL (bad) cholesterol, and triglycerides. HDL is known as good Cholesterol. HDL cholesterol protects against heart disease by taking the "bad" cholesterol out of your blood and preventing it from building up in your arteries. The higher the HDL cholesterol number, the lower the risk of heart disease.

Result ranges

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The HDL % of total cholesterol is within the normal range. When deciding on the next steps to take, this result should be viewed in combination with the patient’s other cholesterol test results.The HDL % of total cholesterol is lower than the normal range. When deciding on the next steps to take, this result should be viewed in combination with the patient’s other cholesterol test results. The patient should share this result with their doctor.The HDL % of total cholesterol is higher than the normal range.