Cholesterol basic

Markers: LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglyceriden, totaal cholesterol, Risico Index

Fasting

For preventive cholesterol determination for your health, it is best to be fasting for 8 hours before the blood test, so you can only consume water during this time.

What is it?

Cholesterol is an essential molecule in the body. It is responsible for the production and maintenance of the cell membrane layer and also plays a significant role in signaling cellular processes. Cholesterol is also a precursor for vitamin D and hormones.

Most cholesterol is produced in liver cells and must be transported through the blood to be effectively distributed throughout the body. This transport occurs with lipoproteins, such as LDL. LDL prepares cholesterol for use in a cell that needs it. When there is too much cholesterol, LDL is not absorbed and remains in the blood. This is harmful to your blood vessels.

What do we determine?

In the cholesterol blood test, we first determine your cholesterol levels. We also look at the 'bad' LDL cholesterol and the 'good' HDL cholesterol. Based on these data, we can calculate a cholesterol/HDL cholesterol ratio. The lower this value, the better.

We also measure the overall fats in your body, the so-called triglycerides. These are fats you ingest with your food. Triglycerides are converted into fatty acids in your intestines and then converted back into triglycerides in the liver. In various compositions, they are transported through the blood vessels in lipoproteins. This test gives you a good picture of the fats in your body and your risk of cardiovascular diseases.

When to choose this test?

Opt for the cholesterol blood test when:
  • You want to know if a healthy diet/lifestyle is effective
  • Your risk of cardiovascular disease is increasing or decreasing
  • You want a quantitative picture of your cardiovascular risk profile
  • You want to prevent hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerosis
  • You want to exclude hypocholesterolemia, which is often associated with thyroid diseases.


When to test?

If you already have an increased risk of heart and vascular diseases, it is advised to test every 3-12 months. If you have additional diseases, such as overweight or diabetes, you can test every 3-6 months. If you are over 20 years old, it is advised to test once every 4 years if the results are good.
The accuracy of the test for Cholesterol basis is conducted through ISO-certified laboratories. The accuracy of a test method is expressed in terms of specificity and sensitivity. However, the most important aspect is that the results are interpreted and accepted among general practitioners and hospitals. This is the case with our venous samples. Mutual acceptance may not always be present due to potentially reduced reliability with a capillary sample.
Most tests generally take 24-48 hours. Tests that go through an LC-MS method generally take longer, think about an average of 3-7 working days. Additionally, it also depends on the location. Some locations do the analysis themselves and others outsource it to another lab.
Interpreting the results of Cholesterol basis is not always easy and should be seen in the broader picture, along with anamnesis and physical examination. In the doctor's advice section, the query in which you can already outline your complaints is taken into account, otherwise, the results are interpreted in conjunction with the other results. If necessary, the doctor can call to ask about physical abnormalities. You don't have to interpret the results yourself because there is always advice and explanation from the doctor.
If the results of the test for Cholesterol basis are clinically significantly abnormal, the doctor will contact you by phone. If you are not reachable, you will receive an email. This includes advice and an explanation of the abnormal results and what you can do about them. If you need a prescription or referral, we can help with that.
The costs of Cholesterol basis can be found on the product page. Depending on your insurance and additional packages, you may be reimbursed for these costs for Cholesterol basis. For example, tests for IVF treatment are often reimbursed. After your order, you will receive an invoice that you can submit to your insurance.
The ordering process is easy. You can add a Cholesterol basis test or the tests you want to your shopping cart. In step two, you fill in your details and pay. Then you will receive an email confirmation and you can go to a collection location. After you have been there, you will receive the results of the Cholesterol basis test in your Portal.
We are certified-ready according to the NEN 7510 and 7512 standards for secure data transfer in healthcare. The Portal is secured with two-factor authentication. Your data is also encrypted. We do not send the results of Cholesterol basis to third parties without permission, not even to your general practitioner without your consent.
The blood test for Cholesterol basis must take place at one of the collection locations we provide. At certain locations, it is possible for a phlebotomist to come to you. You can indicate this during checkout. An appointment will then be made as soon as possible to come to your home.
Yes, fasting is required for a Cholesterol basis test
You can easily make an appointment for Cholesterol basis blood test after your order in your Portal. You can visit almost daily in all major cities in the Netherlands. In smaller cities, you can visit on certain days. At certain locations, it is also possible to visit on weekends.
An interpretation by a doctor or an explanation is included in the Cholesterol basis test. The explanation takes into account the query that you can specify in your Portal after ordering.
For blood tests, we always use venous sampling. This is the gold standard for blood collection. Over-the-counter tests, such as a finger prick test, use the capillary route for blood collection. These do not always give the same results and the accuracy depends on how, where, and with which technique the collection is done. The advantage, of course, is that the test is easier and less painful to take.
You can always pay with iDeal and credit card (VISA, Mastercard, and Amex). This also includes Apple Pay. The phlebotomists at the collection location cannot accept cash payments.
The results of Labplusarts can be shared with your general practitioner at your request. However, you can also easily arrange this yourself by downloading the result in PDF format. Because we use comparable test methods as the general practitioner, the results are interchangeable and comparable so that comparisons can be made well.
Why Labplusarts?
  • Without referral
  • Professionele afname
  • Begrijpelijke uitslagen
  • Validatie door arts
  • Betrouwbaar onderzoek
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How does it work?

Order your test, choose a location and receive results online