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Cholesterol & Lipid Blood Analysis

Cholesterol & Lipid Blood Test

The Cholesterol testing is one of the most common investigations for the general health and heart health being performed during health check. Increased intake of fatty foods or inherited problems and disease can affect how the cholesterol is metabolism. As a result, excess cholesterol is accumulated leading to cardiovascular diseases.

 

Cholesterol and lipid profile includes.

Lipid Profile

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  • Triglycerides
  • Cholesterol
  • HDL Cholesterol
  • LDL Cholesterol

 

 

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is an essential component of all cell membranes and is a form of fat (lipid) bound to protein known as a lipoprotein. Is also necessary to help the body to make hormones and vitamin D. However, high levels of Cholesterol during a health screening are linked to an increased risk of heart and blood vessel disease. Always cholesterol levels are corelated with its two parts HDL and LDL which make up the bulk of the cholesterol molecule.

 

Triglycerides
Triglycerides are indicate the fat found in the blood and effectively they are store energy for later use by the body. High triglyceride levels within a health screening are associated with pancreatitis, and possibly heart disease and strokes. Some medication and poorly controlled diabetes can cause the level to rise.

 

HDL Cholesterol – “good” cholesterol

HDL (high density lipoprotein) is the component of cholesterol that is associated with good health, and high levels within a health screen are linked to reduced risk of heart and blood vessel disease. HDL is “good” because it removes harmful substances from your blood and helps the liver break them down into waste.

 

LDL Cholesterol – “bad” cholesterol

LDL (low density lipoprotein) is the component of cholesterol that is associated with higher risk of heart and blood vessel disease. LDL is “bad” because it can build up plaque in your arteries, increasing your risk of heart disease, by obstruction or dislodgement of atheromatic plaques.

 

There are no symptoms for high cholesterol, so regular checks are recommended. The cholesterol test, also called a lipid profile test measure the levels of different types of fat in your body. You need to fast for at least 8 hours before this test.

 

Changes in parameters of the biochemistry profile can indicate various medical conditions. Below is a table of the most common problems that we can identify through abnormal blood tests levels that consequent help diagnose underlying conditions.

 

High levels

Low levels

ALP

• bile duct blockage

• cirrhosis

• gallbladder inflammation

• gallstones

• hepatitis

• Paget’s disease

• bone metabolism disorders

• heart surgery

• malnourishment

• zinc deficiency

ALT

• cirrhosis

• hepatitis

• liver cancer

• liver damage

considered normal

AST

• cirrhosis

• heart conditions

• hepatitis

• mononucleosis

• (mono)pancreatitis

considered normal

Bilirubin    

• abnormal red blood cell destruction (hemolysis)

• adverse medication reactions

• bile duct blockage

• Gilbert’s syndrome

• hepatitis

not a concern

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