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Frequently Asked Questions on LDL-Cholesterol Tests

Why is the LDL-Cholesterol test done?
The test is done in order to assess the risk to health posed by higher levels of LDL-Cholesterol in the blood. Read an article on LDL cholesterol test to know more about the test.

When to get tested for LDL-C?
Testing for LDL-Cholesterol is to be done only if the screening test for Cholesterol returns a positive result. In such a case, in order to find out the real cause of such a high level of cholesterol in the blood, a lipid profile test is recommended. The levels of LDL-Cholesterol would be only known in the results produced by that test.

Who should get tested, and when?
* Those who have already been diagnosed with heart problems resulting from higher levels of cholesterol should get their LDL-Cholesterols checked as regularly as possible.

* Children and adolescents who have a family history of diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and heart problems should also get their cholesterol levels and lipid profiling done. However, children below two years of age need not get tested.

* Those who have lived a healthy life (healthy eating and ample workout) need to get the cholesterol screening done (lipid profiling is optional, but they can go ahead if they want to) once every five years.

Are there any special precautions to be taken?
Yes. You need to take care of some things before you get yourself tested for LDL-Cholesterol. You need to avoid eating anything for at least twelve hours at a stretch. This would allow the cholesterol levels in your body to stabilize. Only then would be the results, thus obtained, accurate.

How the LDL Cholesterol test is conducted?
Generally a blood sample is collected from a vein in your arm. Sometimes by puncturing the skin on a finger, a small drop of blood is collected as a sample. The later is used on a portable cholesterol testing device/monitor.
Would I experience any kinds of side effects after the test?
No. There are no side effects like anxiety involved as it is a simple blood test. Some people however feel anxious with a thought of undergoing a medical test. They should learn to cope with cholesterol Test anxiety.

What is the remedial course of action to be taken?
The remedial course of action to be taken in the eventuality of high LDL-Cholesterol levels is going to be multi-pronged. To begin with, there is an absolute need to change your lifestyle. You would have to switch to high-fibre and low calorie diet. Workout regimes would have to be made a part of your life. This would help you decrease the presence of saturated fatty acids as well as your body weight.

If changing lifestyle does not work, it is time to switch to drugs in order to induce a check on high LDL-Cholesterol levels.
When shouldn’t I get the LDL-Cholesterol test done?

* LDL-Cholesterol level is going to increase in case of pregnant women. They should wait at least for six week after the birth of their baby to get the test done.

* LDL-Cholesterol level would be low immediately after a heart attack, during the course of an acute illness, or during physical stress resulting from an accident or surgery. Avoid getting tested during these times.