How is Cholesterol diagnosed?

Ideally, you should be having cholesterol checks starting the age of 20, and every 5 years thereafter to ensure that you maintain normal cholesterol.
However, many people decide against having one as there are actually no clear symptoms that go with having high cholesterol. This is the scary part if you have no idea about your cholesterol. Of course, for you to have a clear idea on your cholesterol level, you need to visit your doctor to have it examined.

Plaque Build up turns into Coronary heart attack

And when the symptoms do finally decide to appear, they quickly turn to a coronary heart attack or angina. This is all because of the plaque building up in the arteries. This is why it is advisable to visit your heart doctor as often as possible to have your cholesterol levels checked and measured. The discovery of high cholesterol will require you to change your current lifestyle and really take good care of your health. And if it is discovered that the cholesterol level is too high, then you need to be on a regular medication to help you get better.

Blood test provides diagnosis of cholesterol

To receive diagnosis of high cholesterol, you will need to visit your doctor or health provider to will do a blood test on you. For a very reliable reading of your present cholesterol level, your heart doctor will most probably ask you to refrain from eating or drinking anything during the last twelve hours before the cholesterol test proper.

lowering cholesterol levels

You might also be required to stop doing strenuous exercises for a full day before the cholesterol test. If the initial testing is deemed inaccurate, the doctor will ask you to submit to another test. However, such test will test sometime before it is done on you. Actually, there are now home tests that you can do yourself to measure and test your cholesterol but such tests might not be as comprehensive and correct as your doctor will administer on you.

Lipoprotein profile

High cholesterol is determined by doing appropriate tests on you by your doctor, and thereby providing you with a lipoprotein profile. A lipoprotein profile is a reliable blood test that gives you a measurement of your cholesterol levels. For a most reliable result, you will be required to be on an empty stomach 12 hours before the test is taken.

The information that you can find on your lipoprotein profile includes:

If a lipoprotein profile is not possible to be done on you, just knowing the total amount of bad cholesterol and good cholesterol can provide you with a general idea whether you have high cholesterol or not. If the total cholesterol present in your blood is about 200 mg/dL and higher, or if the total HDL is below 40 mg/dL, it is advisable to have a lipoprotein profile.