Before discussing the reasons why you should get your cholesterol tested, it would be as-well to understand what cholesterol is and why it can be harmful.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fatty product which is known as a lipid. It is essential for normal body function. Although it is found in some types of foods, most of the cholesterol you have in your body in manufactured by your liver.
High levels of cholesterol in-itself does not present any symptoms. However, it does increase your risk levels of other serious health conditions.
HDL and LDL
There are two types of cholesterol; HDL (high density lipoprotein) and LDL (low density lipoprotein). HDL either passes through your body or is broken down by it. Hence it is known as “good cholesterol.”
LDL on the other-hand is the type that can accumulate in your body cells. When cells become overloaded, any excess builds up in the walls of your arteries. It can lead to artery and ultimately heart disease, which is why it is called “bad cholesterol.”
There are a number of reasons why you should get your cholesterol tested.
When bad cholesterol is allowed to build up in your artery walls, it eventually begins to restrict the supply of blood to your brain, your heart, and the rest of your body. High cholesterol increases the risk of:
- Atherosclerosis – the narrowing of your arteries
- Heart attack
- PAD (peripheral artery disease)
As cholesterol builds up in your arteries, this also increases the risk of a blood clot developing in your bloodstream. Also, as your body’s levels of cholesterol increase, so does your chance of developing coronary heart disease.
Additional reasons why you should get your cholesterol tested
Having taken a quick look at the main reasons of why you should get your cholesterol tested, let’s now discuss other indicators that could indicate you should have a cholesterol test.
- If you have had a coronary heart disease diagnosis
- If you have had a stroke or a mini stroke
- If your family has a history of coronary heart disease
- If you are aware that a close member of your family has a cholesterol related condition
- If you are overweight
- If you have high blood pressure
- If you have diabetes
- If you have any other health condition that could lead to increased levels of cholesterol
The walk-in clinic at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall
If you live and/or work in London and you are concerned or suspicious about your levels of cholesterol, you can use the walk-in services we provide here at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall to have a cholesterol test.
High levels of cholesterol can be dangerous. Get yourself checked out today. Drop in to our walk-in clinic, or call us today on 020 7638 4330.