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total cholesterol - the overall amount of cholesterol in your blood, including both "good" and "bad" cholesterol
good cholesterol (called HDL) - this makes you less likely to have heart problems or a stroke
bad cholesterol (called LDL and non-HDL) - this makes you more likely to have heart problems or a stroke
triglycerides - a fatty substance similar to bad cholesterol
When you get your result, you may just be told your total cholesterol.
You might be able to get separate results for your good and bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Ask your doctor or nurse.
How can we find out the age of our arteries?
There aren’t any simple ways to measure how supple arteries are, or to estimate how much they have aged.
It is, however, possible to approximately calculate arterial age by using a mathematical equation. In order to do this we need to know: age, systolic blood pressure, total cholesterol level, level of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and whether the patient is diabetic or not.
This calculation is just an indicative value of arterial age, and is intended to serve as a basis for discussion with your doctor. It also enables estimation of the benefits brought about by stopping smoking, if you are a smoker, or by the reduction in blood pressure or cholesterol level provided by drug treatments.
Being able to see the benefits of treatment and lifestyle changes can be a lot more convincing than hearing long speeches when it comes to long-term prescriptions!