Knowing your total cholesterol is important for the management of your health. Once you know your cholesterol, you can then assess your current health status and if you’re at risk for heart disease or stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States. With My Lab ReQuest, you can take charge of your health by ordering your own cholesterol screening and learning one of the numbers that matters most for your health.
Order Your Own Cholesterol, Total Test for $12
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With My Lab ReQuest, you no longer have to wait for a doctor’s order to request your own Cholesterol, Total screen. Insurance isn’t necessary to request your test, either. Place your order online in just four easy steps and choose from any of our 70 Patient Service Centers across Arizona to complete your test. Take charge of your health with My Lab ReQuest!
Why Order Your Own Cholesterol, Total Screen with My Lab ReQuest?
Since the passage of the law in 2015 that allows for consumers in Arizona to order their own lab tests, thousands of patients have used our My Lab ReQuest service to take charge of their health and make more informed healthcare decisions. Our Cholesterol, Total screen is just one of the heart health screenings we offer to help you assess your risk for heart disease.
Patients choose Sonora Quest Laboratories to meet their lab testing needs for a wide range of reasons, including:
As the nation's largest integrated laboratory system, Sonora Quest Laboratories delivers award-winning quality services every day to more than 23,000 patients across Arizona. We are the #1 bioscience company in Arizona, according to Ranking Arizona, and we are also the only healthcare company to even win the Arizona Governor's Award for Quality. Most importantly, we are accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the organization whose accreditation ensures the highest standard of care for laboratory patients.
Schedule an appointment or walk in to any of our 70 Patient Service Centers located across Arizona! We have over 45 locations in Metro Phoenix, 14 locations in Tucson and Southern Arizona, and various other locations across Northern and Western Arizona. Moreover, several of our locations are conveniently located inside of Safeway markets so that you can plan your screening around your trip to your neighborhood grocery store.
Learn More about Cholesterol
What is cholesterol and what does a cholesterol test check?
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that’s found in your blood. It’s necessary for digesting food, producing hormones, and other bodily functions. A cholesterol test checks the total levels of cholesterol in your blood.
Why test your cholesterol levels?
Cholesterol can be an important indicator of your health. High levels of LDL cholesterol or low levels of HDL cholesterol can put you at risk for heart disease and stroke. Currently, the CDC estimates that over 95 million adults age 20 or over have high cholesterol.
As a result, it’s important that individuals schedule cholesterol screenings to check their cholesterol levels, especially since most people with high cholesterol levels will not present any symptoms. Furthermore, if you have risk factors for high cholesterol, you may face additional risk for heart disease and stroke.
How often should you get tested?
The American Heart Association recommends that adults over 20 have their cholesterol and other risk factors checked every four to six years. If you have cardiovascular disease, or are at high risk for cardiovascular disease, discuss with your doctor how often you should have a cholesterol screening.
Interpreting your results
According to the CDC, desirable cholesterol levels are as follows:
Desirable Cholesterol Levels
Milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL)
|Total Cholesterol||Less than 200 mg/dL|
|HDL Cholesterol||40 mg/dL or higher|
|LDL Cholesterol||Less than 100 mg/dL|
However, it’s important to note that other factors should also be taken into consideration when evaluating your health. Your medical provider can review your cholesterol levels and discuss other aspects of your health to better assess your overall health and your risk for cardiovascular disease.
What are the risk factors for high cholesterol?
While anyone can have high cholesterol, certain risk factors may increase your risk. According to the CDC, some common risk factors for high cholesterol are:
- A family history of heart disease and/or high blood cholesterol
- Older age
- Being male
- Being overweight or obese
- Previously having had high cholesterol
If you have any of these risk factors, it’s important to discuss with your doctor if you should have your cholesterol screened more regularly.
Managing your cholesterol
Once you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, there are many steps you can take to lower your cholesterol and improve your health. The American Heart Association recommends the following lifestyle changes to lower your cholesterol levels:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Becoming more physically active
- Quitting smoking
- Losing weight
In addition to lifestyle changes, medication may also be recommended to help with the management of your cholesterol. For the best results and for more information on what steps to take to manage your cholesterol, contact your medical provider.
For additional information on cholesterol, what causes high cholesterol, and how to prevent and treat high cholesterol, please visit the American Heart Association website.
Other heart health tests
In addition to our Cholesterol, Total screening, we also offer a Cardio Health Screen, commonly referred to as a lipid panel test, which can detect your risk of heart attack, coronary heart disease, and stroke by checking your cholesterol, HDL, LDL, VLDL, and triglycerides. We also offer an hsCRP (High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein for Cardio) screening which serves a general marker for inflammation or infection. A high CRP may be a risk factor in heart disease and may also be a marker of other heart problems.
*It is solely your responsibility to promptly discuss all laboratory test results with a physician. Neither Sonora Quest Laboratories nor its Medical Director will provide interpretation, counseling, consulting, or care recommendations on the basis of any laboratory results provided to you.
Order Your Own Cholesterol, Total Test
Order a Cholesterol, Total test for $12 & pay for your test in 3 easy steps.
- 1 Select Tests
- 2 Preferences & Authorization
- 3 Payment & Schedule
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