Total Cholesterol Test


Total cholesterol is the total amount of cholesterol in your blood. Having high total cholesterol can lead to hardening of your arteries, which increases your risk for a heart attack. This test can help you make informed decisions to keep your heart healthy.

Your total cholesterol is the sum of your low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good”) cholesterol, and is reported as the total cholesterol number.

This test may be helpful for those who:

Have never checked total cholesterol levels or haven’t checked them in several years
Have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease
Have high blood pressure
Have diabetes
Are overweight or obese
Eat a diet high in fat, processed foods, or sugar
Don’t get enough physical activity
Smoke or use tobacco
To receive individual LDL and HDL levels please see our Cholesterol Test Panel.

Fasting is strongly recommended, but not required for this test for 8-12 hours before your appointment. Fasting before a blood draw means you don’t eat or drink anything except water.