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Lipid profile
Lipid profile

Full Lipid profile Blood Test in London

Stroke and heart disease usually occurs from high cholesterol levels. These health issues occur when fat or cholesterol adheres to the walls of the blood vessels, clogging the arteries and reducing the normal blood flow to the heart. This may cause a sudden blood clot and lead to a heart attack.

A lipid profile blood test can help you keep track of your cholesterol levels and make lifestyle and diet changes to prevent potential heart disease and stroke. You can get your lipid profile test at GP London. Our lipid profile test price is about £64 with a 24 hours turnaround time.

What are lipids?

Lipids are different types of cholesterol and other fats in the blood. Checking your cholesterol levels will give information on the level of total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein and other fats known as a triglyceride.

Full Lipid profile Blood Test in London

What is a lipid profile blood test?

A lipid profile test is a blood test that detects the lipid levels in the blood. Lipoprotein transports triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood. These lipoproteins fall into different groups and classes depending on their density.

They include:

  • Low-density lipoprotein or LDL
  • High-density lipoprotein or HDL
  • Very low-density lipoprotein or VLDL
  • Intermediate density lipoprotein

VLDL and IDL aren’t usually measured in a routine lipid profile test, and the focus is on the first two lipoproteins.

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High-density lipoprotein cholesterol or HDL-C

HDL-C measures the cholesterol levels in HDL particles. This is considered good cholesterol because it removes the excess cholesterol, transporting them to the liver for removal. You can undergo your HDL-C test at GP London.

Non-HDL cholesterol

This cholesterol is also called bad cholesterol because it gets deposited in the blood vessels, reducing blow flow.

A lipid profile test gives results for the following

  • HDL
  • LDL
  • Triglycerides
  • Total cholesterol
Non-HDL cholesterol

Before a lipid profile test

You can undergo a lipid profile test when you are healthy because testing when sick may be inaccurate, as certain medications can interfere with the result.

We advise taking the lipid profile test at least six weeks after completing any medication to ensure you get an accurate result.

In the past, people who wanted to get the lipid profile test had to fast for 12 hours before the blood draw. Until 2014, this was a common practice, but fasting for 12 hours before the test isn’t routine anymore.

Lipid profile testing

A lipid profile test requires blood testing, so you need a reputable clinic for your blood draw. GP London is a reputable clinic offering different blood tests, including lipid profile testing.

We will take a blood sample for your lipid profile test. The blood sample may be from venepuncture, a blood collection from a vein in your arm with a needle.

Before a lipid profile test

Why is a lipid profile test important?

A lipid profile test helps you know your cholesterol levels. Elevated cholesterol levels indicate a risk of heart disease and stroke. Getting this test is also important if you have a risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  

You shouldn’t wait until you experience a heart attack or symptoms of heart disease before requesting a lipid profile test.

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Cholesterol test results

Cholesterol test results

Following your lipid profile test, you will want to know what the result means. The information below will help you understand your cholesterol test result.

  • Total cholesterol

The normal range of total cholesterol is < 200mg/dl. A result between 210 – 240mg/dl is also good, but above 240mg/dl indicates a high cholesterol level.

  • High-density lipoprotein or HDL

The higher the HDL level, the better the result, meaning > is a good result, and your heart is healthy. If the result is < 59mg/dl but not below 40mg/dl, it is still a good result. Values below 40mg/dl indicate a risk of heart disease.

  • LDL

The lower the LDL level, the better the result. The ideal level of HDL is < 100mg/dl. Values above 100mg/dl but less than 129mg/dl are still acceptable, depending on the individual’s health. Values > 139mg/dl indicate a high risk for heart disease.

  • Triglycerides

Results with values around 150mg/dl or above indicate a risk of heart-related disease.

Managing abnormal lipid levels

High cholesterol levels don’t readily indicate heart disease, but you are at risk of heart disease if you do not take care of your health. You can reduce your risk of heart disease by changing your lifestyle.

The following will help.

  • Eating foods rich in plant sterols and fibre
  • Eating diets with low saturated fat content
  • Engaging in or increasing the amount of aerobic exercise

If these lifestyle changes aren’t effective, it’s possible to take medications to reduce your cholesterol levels. Our medical professional can advise you on the right steps and how to manage your health.  

We advise our patients, especially people with elevated cholesterol levels, to have follow-up tests every five years to keep track of their cholesterol levels.

We also provide lipid profile tests to patients on a self-request basis. You can visit our clinic on weekdays and weekends for your blood sample collection by our experienced healthcare providers for your lipid profile blood test.

If you order your lipid profile test on a self-referral basis, we will send the laboratory report without comment or note from our doctor. You can only get this service under our doctor’s care.

You can book a consultation, treatment and further testing when you get your test result.

How our lipid profile blood test works

  • Step 1 – order a test

You can choose a test from our wide range of blood tests.

  • Step 2 – provide a sample

You will visit our clinic for your blood draw

  • Step 3 – view your result

We will send your result via post or email.

We offer a full range of blood tests, including

  • Allergy profile
  • Liver function
  • Hormonal blood testing
  • Bone profile
  • Thyroid function test
  • Kidney function

If you would like to undergo additional blood tests, it’s recommended to do these at the same time so you only pay one blood draw fee.

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Call GP London on 020 704 4317 or visit our clinic at Suite 4, 117A Harley Street London W1G 6AT today for your lipid profile blood test.

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