High cholesterol is the leading cause of coronary heart disease and stroke, both of which are the two most common causes of death globally.
Symptoms Of High Cholesterol May Include:
High cholesterol doesn't present symptoms which is why it is necessary to consistently monitor your cholesterol levels, especially if you have high blood pressure, you are overweight or maintain an unhealthy lifestyle. Symptoms of high cholesterol may only present themselves during a diagnosis of a more serious condition.
This cholesterol test indicates your level of risk for cardiovascular (heart) disease by determining levels of lipids or fats in your blood and offers an accurate reflection of your heart health.
You should take the test if:
- you have a strong family history of heart disease
- you have a first-degree relative who has suffered a heart attack, cardiac stents, a stroke or has undergone bypass surgery
- you are overweight or obese
- you drink alcohol and smoke frequently
- you lead a sedentary lifestyle
- you suffer from diabetes, kidney disease, polycystic ovary syndrome or an underactive thyroid gland
Triglycerides are the most common form of fats in the body, Excess calories, alcohol, and sugars in the body are converted to triglycerides and stored in the body as fat.
Cholesterol is a waxy lipid produced in the liver and found in every cell of the body. There are two main types of cholesterol, one is in the form of HDL (high-density cholesterol) and LDL (low-density cholesterol).
HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein)
HDL is known as “good cholesterol”. HDL transports excess bad cholesterol to your liver to be expelled from the body.
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.
HDL % of Total Cholesterol
The HDL % of total cholesterol refers to the amount of "good cholesterol" in the body which can combat low-density lipoproteins or "bad cholesterol". The higher you HDL % of total cholesterol, the better.
How to collect your sample
Watch our instructional video to see how easy it is to collect your sample.
How it works
Collect Your Sample
Activate your test and collect your sample in the morning. Return your sample on the same day, using the prepaid shipping label provided.
Review Accurate Results
Once your sample arrives in the laboratory, confidential results will be available from your secure online account within 2 to 5 days.
Get Medical Support
Our dedicated team of physicians and nurses are available 24/7 and will call you to explain your results.
Still have questions?
Here are some questions we usually get about LetsGetChecked. If you would like yours answered, please contact us.
Activating the test connects you to the unique alphanumeric barcode within your LetsGetChecked test kit. The laboratory cannot process your sample if the test kit is not activated and linked to you.
LetsGetChecked has a team of physicians who will review your order and results. Our nursing team is on standby throughout the testing process and, if you test positive, you will receive a call to discuss your results and treatment options.
Please ensure that the sample is collected before 9am and returned immediately using the carrier method provided within the test kit. Each test includes a prepaid shipping envelope to return your samples to the laboratory.
Please do not collect or return samples on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Keeping your data secure is important to us. All data is complete anonymized to ensure that your privacy is maintained throughout the process. We will not share your information with any third party.All samples are disposed of following analysis.
Your samples are processed in the same labs used by primary care providers, hospitals and government schemes.
LetsGetChecked laboratories are CLIA approved and CAP-accredited, which are the highest levels of accreditation.
Tests kits are manufactured within our ISO 13485 accredited facility, the highest level of accreditation for medical devices.