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Sample Type: FASTING SERUM
Cholesterol is a type of fat that is present in the blood and which the body needs to function properly. However, too much of it can lead to a process called atherosclerosis, wherein it gets deposited inside of blood vessels making them hard and sometimes to clog causing heart attacks, stokes and lack of blood supply to other organs. Cholesterol testing is done to screen for risk of heart disease in people 35 years or older and is especially important if you have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease, if you are overweight, drink alcohol frequently, smoke cigarettes, lead an inactive lifestyle, or suffer from diabetes, kidney disease, or thyroid disease.
Test is performed on a blood sample. You should not eat or drink anything other than water for 12 hours before the test