Daiichi Sankyo have assisted HEART UK by providing funding for this communication programme, and identification of areas of the country where people are living with high levels of cholesterol for HEART UK to reach out to. Daiichi Sankyo have had no input or influence over HEART UK’s materials used in this campaign. CVD/21/0226 September 2021
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As a nation, we’ve never been more aware of our health - so why is it that high cholesterol still goes overlooked?
High cholesterol can affect anyone at any age, and if left unchecked, could lead to serious health issues such as heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. With virtually no symptoms, the only way of knowing if you have high cholesterol is by taking a quick and simple test.
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Where can I get a test?
There are three main ways you can get a test.
- Ask your pharmacist.
- Ask your GP.
- Get an NHS Health Check.
Can I test my own cholesterol at home?
It’s better to have your cholesterol tested by a professional because taking blood and measuring cholesterol levels is a skilled job and your results will be affected by the way you do the test. Going to a health professional means you will get an accurate reading.
We don’t recommend home sampling, but if you do decide to test your cholesterol at home, follow these simple steps to take your sample safely and get a more accurate result.
Getting a cholesterol test
We recommend that all adults should get a cholesterol check – no matter what your age or how healthy you feel.
The only way to know your cholesterol levels is to get a check.
High cholesterol doesn't usually have any signs or symptoms and it can be caused by your genes as well as your lifestyle, so we advise getting a check even if you are young, fit and feel healthy.
A cholesterol check involves a simple blood test.
Your doctor should also check another blood fat called triglycerides, as these also affect your heart health.
A test will show you if you need to make healthy changes. High cholesterol can lead to heart attacks and strokes. A cholesterol test, along with other simple tests including a blood pressure test, BMI and waist measurement, will give you a good idea of your heart health and show you if you need to make any lifestyle changes or need treatment.