A lipid profile blood test is the best way to test for high cholesterol. Lipid disorders, usually referred to as high cholesterol, are identified as a high blood level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, or fats called triglycerides, or both.
These fats make up cholesterol, which is a soft fat that your body needs to function properly. However, a build-up of cholesterol, especially LDL cholesterol can cause heart disease, strokes, and atherosclerosis, a condition that clogs or hardens your arteries.
Having a lipid profile can help you to easily assess your lifestyle and diet before they make a huge impact on your health. Making some simple lifestyle changes following your lipid test could make a big difference in helping to prevent heart disease and other life-threatening conditions.
Because high cholesterol doesn’t tend to cause any obvious symptoms, it is important that you are proactive in getting tests. Your GP might refer you for a test, or you might choose to have one done for your own peace of mind.
Men have a higher chance of developing high cholesterol but both men and women should consider getting their cholesterol levels tested periodically to monitor them and ensure they are eating a healthy diet. Men over the age of 35 and women over the age of 45 should start getting their cholesterol tested every 5 years, if not more often. You should also check your cholesterol more frequently if you:
The lipid profile blood test is carried out in the same way as most other basic blood tests. A small sample of blood is taken from your arm using a needle and vial. This is straightforward and you will only experience a mild scratching sensation when the needle is inserted. Once the required blood is drawn, we will send it to the laboratory to be analysed, and you are free to go back to your day. We will let you know as soon as your results are ready.
We do ask that prior to your test you avoid eating or drinking anything other than water for 9-12 hours. This will help to ensure your test results are accurate and we have the best data possible.
You should also let us know if you are on any medication as certain medications – even some forms of birth control – can influence your lipid profile. We might ask that you stop taking certain medication for a few days before your test if it is safe for you to do so.
Although there is an average range for any results, your levels will be unique to you. The best understanding of cholesterol comes from frequent testing to monitor levels and make sure LDL cholesterol levels aren’t rising. However, the general ideal results are measured by milligram of cholesterol per decilitre of blood, or mg/dL. Results should roughly be:
If your results lie outside of the ideals, you shouldn’t panic. Simple lifestyle and diet changes can help to lower LDL cholesterol and improve general health. You might also feel that further tests may be beneficial to find out if your thyroid is functioning normally or if you have diabetes as these could both be major factors in how your body stores lipids.
If you do have high cholesterol, it can be treated easily with lifestyle and diet changes alongside medication. You can book in a consultation following your test if you are concerned and would like to speak to a doctor. Our consultants can also arrange private prescriptions for you if there is a diagnosis of high cholesterol needing medication.
Although we are a private healthcare provider, our priority is you and your health. That’s why we are committed to giving you excellent healthcare at affordable prices.
Our lipid profile blood test costs £81 and this is carried out by our nurse team.
You do not need a referral to book a test but you can book a follow up private GP consultation if you would like to discuss your lipid profile test results with one of our experienced GPs. (Please note this attracts a separate fee).
We offer lipid profile blood tests so you can conveniently book around your location and schedule.
Although Summerfield Healthcare is a private practice our fees are low cost and structured with you in mind. Initial consultation fees are listed below:
Paul Hatton is the Registered CQC Manager for Summerfield Healthcare. He is responsible the governance, overseeing of the clinical aspect and the development of new services.
General Practitioner / Medical Director | Birmingham, Shrewsbury & Wolverhampton
Dr Vivake Roddah is a GP with professional interests in Dermatology, Minor surgery and Occupational Medicine. He completed his GP training in the Oxford Deanery and has had the opportunity of working with patients from many different backgrounds.