Cholesterol Risk Calculator
Not sure what your cholesterol levels mean? Want to know how your cholesterol levels can increase your risk for heart disease? Use this calculator to check if your cholesterol levels are within normal range and learn more about 'good' cholesterol and 'bad' cholesterol.
Why is it important to test your cholesterol level?
Generally, raised levels of cholesterol do not give rise to any symptoms. But the fact is that rise in cholesterol in the blood increases your risk for heart disease. So if you are over the age of 30 years, it is important to start checking your cholesterol levels. However if you have a family history of heart disease this check should start at the age of 20 years. The bad cholesterol can clog your arteries and lead to heart attack and stroke.
Cholesterol Test (Lipid Profile Test)
This test is done to check your cholesterol level by drawing the blood sample after an overnight fast. It measures total cholesterol, the 'good' cholesterol or HDL cholesterol (also called high density lipoprotein), and the two bad cholesterol - LDL cholesterol (low density lipoprotein) and triglycerides. If you have taken the test recently, enter the result values in the table below to calculate your risk for heart disease.
Facts about Cholesterol❖ Major portion of the cholesterol is produced by the liver. ❖The main functions of cholesterol are:
- Maintaining healthy cell walls
- Producing sex hormones (progesterone, estrogen, testosterone), bile juice and vitamin D