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Cholesterol FAQs (cont.)

How is cholesterol checked?

Cholesterol screening is part of a blood test called a lipoprotein analysis that measures not only total cholesterol in the body but also different types of cholesterol and triglycerides (another type of fat in the body). Total cholesterol is made up two types of cholesterol;

  1. High density lipoproteins (HDL) which may protect the body against narrowing blood vessels and is considered good cholesterol, and
  2. Low density lipoproteins (LDL) is considered bad cholesterol and may make arterial narrowing worse.

The test is done after a 9 to 12 hour fast and your health care practitioner can help interpret the results and decide whether treatment is required.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/22/2014

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