High blood cholesterol, triglyceride, and lipoprotein levels are one of the most important risk factors for the coronary heart disease and a heart attack. Cholesterol, a thick, fatty substance has its role in the overall health but having too much of it in the blood makes your heart health vulnerable. Increased level of LDL cholesterol, often referred as a “bad cholesterol”, has an important role in atherosclerotic plaque buildup. Decreased level of HDL cholesterol, also known as a “good cholesterol”, limits the “cholesterol cleaning capacity” of the body, that way increasing the risk of heart attack and coronary heart disease. Triglycerides are just one of the products in the cascade in the metabolism of fat. Although they have an important role in our bodies, studies show that excessive amount of them is a risk factor for a heart attack and coronary heart disease. The cholesterol, lipoproteins and triglycerides levels (lipid status) are affected by many factors. Age, gender, diet, physical activity, menopause, thyroid gland hormonal status are just a few of many factors that determine the lipid status. Quite often, the first sign of thyroid disease is abnormal lipid status.
What does this test reveal about your health?
This test will reveal your lipid status- one of the most important parameters of health. Just by analyzing the status of cholesterol and other components of the test it will be possible to assess what needs to be done in order to prevent coronary heart disease, heart attack (and many other serious health conditions such as a stroke or pancreatitis- a life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas). This test will not only reveal your lipid status but the best strategy to treat any of it deviations (strict diet, mild dietary restrictions, medicines, combined approach…).
You should perform this test if you:
Are in menopause
Are already diagnosed with a disease that’s also a risk factor for your heart health, e.g., hypertension, diabetes, pre-diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, obese, polycystic ovary syndrome and hellip
Are a smoker
Are physically inactive or have unhealthy diet
Are 45+ years old male or 55+ years old woman without family history of coronary heart disease, stroke or heart attack
Have a family history of coronary heart disease, stroke or heart attack (father or a brother diagnosed before 55 years of age and/or mother or sister diagnosed before 65 years of age)