Markers tested for At Home Cholesterol and Heart Health Test: HDL, LDL, total cholesterol, triglycerides, hs-CRP, HbA1c
What is a Heart Health test?
A Heart Health test, also called a total cholesterol test or a lipid profile test determines the risk of heart disease from plaque build up in the arteries.
What does the test measure and why?
The test measures four key fats (lipids) and two related markers:
- Low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol: The ‘bad’ cholesterol that builds up fatty deposits of plaque and blocks the arteries increasing the risk of heart attack.
- High density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol: The ‘good’ cholesterol that carries away LDL and helps arteries clear of plaque.
- Total cholesterol: This is the sum of blood’s cholesterol content.
- Triglycerides: A type of fat stored in blood from the excess calories we consume. High triglycerides result from excess body fat, sedentary lifestyle, high consumption of sugar, alcohol or from smoking or diabetes.
- hs-CRP: The high-sensitivity C-Reactive Protein can detect low levels of inflammation that is associated with risks of developing heart diseases, especially for those with family history of heart problems or previous strokes.
- HbA1c: A measure of glucose levels over last 3 months and known to be a good indicator of developing diabetes in future.
How to get tested for cholesterol and heart health?
The easiest low-cost way to get tested for Cholesterol and heart health is from the convenience of your home. Simply order a Cholesterol and heart health test kit, collect a few drops of blood (using finger prick) on a tissue paper, send your sample to our CLIA-certified labs, and find out your levels in less than a week.
For a short description of the Cholesterol test, you can read the Mayo Clinic page on Cholesterol test. For understanding the role of hs-CRP in cardiovascular diseases, read Webmd’s page on CRP test. You can also order a separate at-home HbA1c test or an at-home Vitamin D and inflammation test.