blood tests

Heart & Blood Vessels
October 27, 2017

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced naturally by your liver and is used for many different things in your body. Cholesterol is one of the most important contributing risk factors leading to the development of heart disease and stroke. Others include age, gender and genes. What is cholesterol, exactly? Have you heard your doctor talking about LDL and HDL cholesterol? LDL (Low density lipoprotein) is known as the ‘bad’ cholesterol because it contributes to heart disease by ‘sticking’ to and narrowing the arteries supplying blood to your heart. HDL (High density lipoprotein) cholesterol is known as the ‘good’ cholesterol because…
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Tests & investigations
February 27, 2017

Five things your blood can tell you

Few of us enjoy being jabbed with needles, but a blood test is an important indicator of how healthy you are. A blood test usually involves taking blood samples from a blood vessel in your arm. Your arm is used because it can be easily covered up after a blood sample is taken. The usual place that blood is taken from is the inside of your elbow or wrist, where your veins are close to the surface and easy to find. You should have a blood test done at least once every year, to check for any health issues. Doctors…
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