Does your heart always pound heavily or does your blood pressure rise for no apparent reason? This might be caused by your cholesterol! Cholesterol is often mentioned as a risk factor for heart and cardiovascular disorders as well as strokes. But there are two types of cholesterol – LDL and HDL:
LDL is the ‘bad’ cholesterol because a high LDL level leads to a build-up of cholesterol in your arteries. Arteries constrict, and blood begins to clot. Over time, blood thickening and artery constriction combined make a heart attack or high blood pressure more likely.
HDL is called the ‘good’ cholesterol because it carries LDL cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. Your liver then removes the LDL cholesterol from your body. This helps to keep the blood vessels clean. High HDL levels reduce the risk of heart disease, but low levels increase the risk.
Like cholesterol, triglycerides are a type of fat, or lipid, in your blood. Elevated triglyceride levels can raise your chance of vessel constriction and heart disease.
The cerascreen® Cholesterol Test is a send-in sampling kit to measure the relevant blood fat values if an increased risk for arteriosclerosis is suspected. The test determines the total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglyceride levels as well as the total cholesterol/HDL ratio. The process is pain-free and can be done easily from home. The sample of human capillary blood is analysed in vitro in a specialised cerascreen® partner diagnostic laboratory. Receive your result within two to three business days after the sample has arrived in the laboratory.
Please note: Due to the current situation, there may be significant delays in the analysis of your cholesterol test in our medical partner laboratory. Your blood sample will be properly frozen in the laboratory during this time.
Determine your cholesterol level conveniently at home
Quick and only takes a few minutes
Pain-free and easy to perform at home
No doctor’s appointment necessary
Detailed results report
Phone hotline with experts
Free analysis in the specialised diagnostic laboratory within days
Your personal test results
Free health advice
Do you still have questions about your test results? We offer free health advice from our nutritionists by telephone – in English. During your 15-minute coaching session, our nutrition expert will tell you not just what your results mean, but also about health in general and test-taking, and they will answer any further questions you may have about other tests. Further information can be sent to you by email upon request. To book a free health consultation, please follow the link in your results report.
How the Cholesterol Test works
1. Take a blood sample
Using our test kit, extract a few drops of blood from your fingertip.
2. Laboratory analysis
Send your sample to our laboratory in the enclosed return envelope. Your sample will be examined in our laboratory.
3. Detailed results report
You will receive your personal results as part of a detailed results report after just a few days.
Certified, reliable and accurate
We focus on delivering trustworthy and accurate results by working with the best accredited and certified laboratories that regularly participate in interlaboratory proficiency testing. Our goal is to always ensure a high level of quality and competency. All our partners are laboratories that provide extensive experience and are trusted as well as utilised by physicians all across Europe. Our set-up of using anonymous test IDs ensures maximum data protection and privacy.
We use the highest certification standards for quality management:
- ISO 9001
- EN ISO 13485
- Interlaboratory proficiency testing
The cholesterol test kit consists of
- Several pages of illustrated instructions, explaining step by step how a blood sample is taken and how the test is performed
- Activation card with test ID for registration
- Disinfection cloth, swab, plaster, 2 lancets CE 0344, blood collection tube, transport tubes
- Prepaid return envelope, which you can use to send your blood sample back to the laboratory free of charge using Royal Mail