What happens during a cholesterol test?
Because cholesterol is found in the blood, tests for cholesterol levels take the form of a blood test.
During the blood test, your nurse or doctor will take a small sample of blood from your body. They’ll do this either by pricking your finger, or by using a needle and syringe.
This blood will then be tested for cholesterol levels. To work out whether you have a low, moderate or high risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke in the next 10 years, they’ll look at your cholesterol levels and also consider:
- your body type or BMI (body mass index), which measures your height and weight together
- any risk factors, like high blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes
- your age
- your sex
- your family history
From this information, your nurse or doctor will be able to calculate your risks of health problems and your cholesterol level. If your cholesterol is too high, they’ll discuss ways for you to lower your cholesterol to healthy levels.