Also known as: cholesterol test.
What is cholesterol screening?
A cholesterol screening is a blood test that measures your levels of different types of cholesterol. These include total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and triglycerides.
What happens during the test?
The doctor or nurse will collect a small sample of blood from your arm using a syringe.
Is any special preparation needed?
You may need to avoid food, drink and certain medications for 9 to 12 hours before the test.
What are the risk factors?
What to expect?
Cholesterol screening at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is frequently done as a good measure of overall health and also as a test for diagnosing certain diseases. Universal cholesterol screening is recommended at 9-11 years of age and at 17-21 years of age. (National Institute of Health, Expert Panel report– 2012).
Reviewed by: Danyal M Khan, MD
This page was last updated on: May 27, 2020 10:35 AM
Learn more about
The thyroid gland produces hormones that are critical to the body’s metabolism, among other bodily functions. When the gland produces too much of the hormones thyroxine and triiodothyronine (T4 and T3), the result is hyperthyroidism.
Chronic Kidney Disease
The kidneys are critical organs that remove waste and excess water from the blood and direct it into your urine. When the kidneys lose function, this is known as chronic kidney disease.