Blood Test for Cholesterol | Nucleus Health

by birtanpublished on August 23, 2020

If you are watching this video your healthcare provider has asked you or someone you know to get a blood test to measure your cholesterol levels the National Institutes of Health cholesterol treatment guidelines recommend you have a blood test every

Five years if you are 20 years or older the test called a fasting lipoprotein profile measures your levels of total cholesterol LDL also known as bad cholesterol HDL also known as good cholesterol

And a type of fat in your blood called triglycerides during this test a blood sample will be taken after you have not eaten for nine to twelve hours fasting is important to ensure accurate results for this test

The total cholesterol goal should be less than 200 milligrams per deciliter for most people an ideal HDL or good cholesterol should be 60 or higher an ideal LDL or bad cholesterol should be less than 100 and fasting triglycerides

Should be less than 150 if you have high blood cholesterol levels you have a greater risk of heart disease in heart disease blood vessels called coronary arteries become narrowed or

Blocked by a waxy substance containing cholesterol called plaque I'm plaque may reduce or block the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle and cause a heart attack there are many known risk factors for

Heart disease risk factors you can control include high blood cholesterol and triglycerides high blood pressure diabetes pre-diabetes overweight or obese

Smoking lack of physical activity unhealthy diet and stress risk factors you can't control include age

Gender and having a family history of heart disease if you already have heart disease and multiple or severe risk factors your doctor may lower your LDL goal to

Less than 70 your specific goals may vary depending on your health situation ask your doctor what your lipid goals should be

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