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Heart health is essential to overall health. This test checks blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol and lipids to assess heart disease and type II diabetes risk. Knowledge of these levels can help individuals implement lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of heart disease in the future.

Test Method: Finger-prick

What do we test for?

Cholesterol HbA1c HDL LDL Triglycerides
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Summary of Biomarkers
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What is a heart disease blood test?

This test measures your blood sugar and the levels of cholesterol and lipids in your blood (total cholesterolHDLLDL, and triglycerides). These markers are all key indicators of heart disease risk, and can often be improved through lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.

The test is a finger prick test that you can take from the comfort of your home. Afterwards, your sample will be examined by a certified laboratory and you will receive the test results within a matter of days.

Our Preventive Health Check self test from our General Health Tests category lets you not only check your HbA1c and your cholesterol, but also many other factors that can indicate your hearth-health.

What’s in the test kit?

The test kit contains instructions for use, lancets to collect a small blood sample, a blood collection tube, alcohol wipes, band-aids, a protective transport bag and a return envelope to send your sample to a certified laboratory.

What is the test process for this test?

Homed-IQ’s Heart Disease Blood Test comes with everything you need to successfully take a blood sample from home. Simply activate your test and follow the supplied instructions to collect the sample and then send it to our certified laboratory using the prepaid shipping label. The results will be available within a few days.

Summary of Biomarkers

Blood Sugar level (HbA1C)

This test result gives an indication of your average blood sugar level over the past three months. HbA1C measures the percentage of blood sugar attached to hemoglobin, the blood protein that carries oxygen. The higher the percentage, the higher your blood sugar. A high blood sugar level can be an indicator for diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. To learn more about HbA1c, check out our full article “What is HbA1c?“.

Cholesterol and Lipids


Cholesterol is produced in the liver and is found in every cell of the body. There are two types of cholesterol: one in the form of HDL (high-density cholesterol) and LDL (low-density cholesterol). HDL is also referred to as the ‘good’ cholesterol and LDL is known as the ‘bad’ cholesterol. An elevated cholesterol level is defined as total cholesterol above 6.5 mmol / l.


High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) is also known as the “good” cholesterol because it transports excess bad cholesterol to your liver to clear it. Higher HDL levels are associated with lower risk of heart attack and stroke. Lifestyle changes such as increasing exercise, quitting smoking, and improving one’s diet have been seen to increase HDL. Check out our article “What is HDL” to learn more about HDL.


Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) transports cholesterol throughout the body, creating the risk that cholesterol builds up in the arteries and can cause cardiovascular disease. Elevated LDL can indicate increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

HDL% of total cholesterol

The percentage of total cholesterol refers to the amount of HDL (= “good” cholesterol) in the body that can fight the LDL (= “bad” cholesterol). The higher the percentage of total cholesterol is HDL, the better. To learn more about how cholesterol, LDL and HDL and why they are so important to your health, read our article “What is Cholesterol?“.


Triglycerides are the most common types of fats in the body. Excess calories, alcohol and sugars are converted into triglycerides and stored in the body as fat. An elevated triglyceride level increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.


Symptoms of Heart Disease

Heart disease in early stages often has few symptoms. You may not notice any symptoms until you are having a heart attack, angina, stroke, or heart failure. Symptoms can include:

  • Chest pain, pressure, tightness, or discomfort
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, abdomen, or back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain, numbness, coldness, or weakness in legs or arms

Risk factors for heart disease also have little to no symptoms, such as high cholesterol. Type II diabetes or prediabetes symptoms may include:

  • Thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Fatigue
  • Sugar cravings
  • Irritated easily
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision

How soon will I receive my test results?

Once you have collected your sample and then mailed it to our laboratory, it generally takes a few working days before you receive the test result. As soon as your test sample arrives at the laboratory you will receive a notification by email. Once your test result is ready, you will receive a text message and an email from us with a link to your test result. We will therefore keep you well informed throughout the entire testing process!

What does the result of this test mean?

This test measures the Blood Sugar (HBA1C, HBA1L), Cholesterol, High-density lipoprotein (HDL), Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and Triglycerides in your blood. Based on the test result, it can be determined whether abnormal levels present a heart disease or diabetes risk, and whether follow-up care is needed with a GP.

Frequently asked questions

How accurate are the results from Homed-IQ's Heart Disease Blood Test?

All of Homed-IQ’s test results are reviewed by our in-house medical team and analysed in an ISO15189 certified laboratory. We also always encourage you to take your results to your own doctor if you want a second opinion or additional medical advice.  

Can you reverse high blood sugar and/or cholesterol levels?

If your cholesterol and/or sugar levels are out of balance, lifestyle interventions are the first line of treatment. Unsaturated fats, soluble fiber, and plant sterols and stanols can increase good HDL and decrease bad LDL. Exercise and weight loss can also help to improve your values. Eating trans fats and smoking are harmful and should be avoided at all times. However, high blood sugar can also be a sign of Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. Unfortunately, diabetes is not reversible (yet). But thanks to science, living with diabetes is no longer a burden and made easier than ever. To learn more about diabetes, feel free to check out our article “Symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes“.

Can a blood test detect a heart attack?

Certain cardiac markers can indicate a heart attack on a blood test. However, these markers cannot be measured by a home test, which is to be used in non-emergency situations. If you suspect you are having a heart attack, urgently contact a healthcare provider for appropriate care.

How do you know if your heart is weak?

Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure can put extra stress on the heart and damage it, leading to heart failure. Symptoms of a weakened heart can often go unnoticed, but include:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet
  • Chest pain
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Persistent cough or wheezing with white or pink-tinged mucus
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, immediately see a healthcare provider. This test cannot diagnose heart failure.

How can I use the results of this heart health test?

You can use the results of this test to make lifestyle changes that lower your risk of heart disease, such as exercising more often or eating a diet lower in sugar or cholesterol. If your test results indicate elevated blood sugar or cholesterol levels, you can also take the results to your doctor for follow-up guidance and care.

How does it work?

Order your test
After you have placed the order, your test kit will be delivered within a few days in discreet packaging.
Activate and take your sample

After creating an account and activating your test online, collect the test sample and return it to the lab using the prepaid shipping label. Homed-IQ tests can be placed in a regular mailbox.

Receive your test result

A certified laboratory will analyze your test. When ready, your results will be published to your account, including a PDF laboratory report that can be brought to your GP for follow-up care.

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