Total Cholesterol Test

Total Cholesterol Test

Measure the total amount of cholesterol in your blood, which may help identify your risk of developing cardiovascular problems like heart disease and stroke. Read more
Test details

Sample type:
Fasting (not eating or drinking anything except water) for 8-12 hours is strongly recommended before your appointment but not required for this test. Results may be elevated if you do not fast prior to this test.
Test type: In Person
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Measures total cholesterol, which is the sum of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good”) cholesterol.
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Must be 18+ years of age to purchase.
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Schedule an appointment, then visit a Quest Diagnostics patient service center location.
About the Test

This test is for anyone who wants to know their total cholesterol number, or to monitor certain medical conditions or the effects of medications. It measures the total amount of cholesterol content in your blood based on your LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol) levels. High levels of LDL cholesterol in your blood may cause a buildup of fatty deposits in your arteries, which reduces blood flow. HDL cholesterol helps carry away LDL cholesterol while keeping your arteries open and allowing for blood to flow more freely. Too much cholesterol in your blood may damage arteries and blood vessels, which may increase the risk for stroke, heart attack, and heart disease.

This test will only provide a value for Total Cholesterol and not individual values for LDL or HDL.

How Does it Work?
Take an in-person test at a Quest Diagnostics location.
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1. Purchase your test
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3. Get results online
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