Check Your Liver & Heart Health

Crucial Health Test

A simple, at-home finger-prick blood test which checks your liver and heart health.  Useful for early detection of issues that could lead to heart or liver failure.

8 Tests Included

5 Days Turn Around

Finger Prick Blood

$69 / One Time Purchase
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Important Information

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.

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About This Test

Why take this test?

  • You want a more basic health check
  • You’d like to see if your diet and lifestyle could be affecting key health markers
  • You’d like to understand your own personal health risks
  • You have high blood pressure or cholesterol, potential liver trouble, or family history of heart disease
  • You are concerned about your liver or heart.
  • Your health is influenced by many factors including your age, your lifestyle and your family history.

 

The Crucial check allows a basic view of your overall liver and heart health, together with your blood test results and personalazied dashboard.  You (or your doctor) can quickly interpret your results and identify any health risks. This test can help you pinpoint the areas of your health you need to focus on.

Keeping track of your health has never been easier – our Crucial check measures important markers for liver, kidney and heart health as well as tests for inflammation, metabolism and key vitamins for energy and optimal health.

How To Perform The Test

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Liver Function

Gamma-GT

GGT is usually the first liver enzyme to rise in the blood when any of the bile ducts that carry bile from the liver to the intestines become obstructed, for example, by tumors or stones. This makes it the most sensitive liver enzyme test for detecting bile duct problems.

Heart Function

HDL (Good Cholesterol)

High-density lipoprotein (HDL)

This is often called “good cholesterol”. HDL cholesterol helps to return LDL cholesterol from your arteries to your liver, where it can be removed from your body. This stops plaque from building up on the walls of your arteries, protecting you from heart disease. If your HDL cholesterol is too low it can actually increase your risk of heart disease.

LDL (Bad Cholesterol)

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL)

This is often called “bad cholesterol”. This is oversimplified as LDL cholesterol is essential for your health. But if you have too much LDL cholesterol it can build up on the walls of your arteries. This is called cholesterol plaque and it narrows your arteries and increases your risk of blood clots — putting you at risk of heart disease.

VLDL (Heart Function)

VLDL is a lipoprotein which is considered a “bad” form of cholesterol. Raised levels are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

Lipids (Heart Function)

There are special transporters in your body called lipoproteins.  They are like little cars that help drive around cholesterol to different parts of your body.  Some of these drivers can be helpful and others not.

Monitoring and maintaining healthy levels of these lipids is important in staying healthy. While the body produces the cholesterol needed to function properly, the source for some cholesterol is the diet. Eating too much of foods that are high in saturated fats and trans unsaturated fats (trans fats) or having an inherited predisposition can result in a high level of cholesterol in the blood. The extra cholesterol may be deposited in plaques on the walls of blood vessels. Plaques can narrow or eventually block the opening of blood vessels, leading to hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and increasing the risk of numerous health problems, including heart disease and stroke.

LDL:HDL Ratio (Heart Function)

A high serum LDL:HDL ratio can be predictive of sudden cardiac death in middle-aged men.  It is a good idea to keep this as a baseline over time to give a clearer picture of how your lifestyle is affecting your health.

Total Cholesterol (Heart Function)

Total Cholesterol is a measure of the total amount of cholesterol in your blood. It includes both low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.

It’s important to remember that elevated cholesterol doesn’t mean a heart attack.  In fact, only half of the people suffering from heart attacks have elevated cholesterol.  It is simply part of the bigger picture.

Cholesterol is important for the body to manufacture hormones, vitamin D, bile acids, and help maintain the structure of your cells.

Cholesterol:HDL Ratio (Heart Function)

We determine your cholesterol ratio by dividing your total cholesterol by your HDL number. For instance, if your total cholesterol is 180 and your HDL is 82, your cholesterol ratio is 2.2. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), you should aim to keep your ratio below 5, with the ideal cholesterol ratio being 3.5.

Men

According to the Framingham Heart Study, a cholesterol ratio of 5 indicates average risk of heart disease for men. Men have double the risk for heart disease if their ratio reaches 9.6, and they have roughly half the average risk for heart disease with a cholesterol ratio of 3.4.

Women

Because women often have higher levels of good cholesterol, their cholesterol ratio risk categories differ. According to the same study, a 4.4 ratio indicates average risk for heart disease in women. Heart disease risk for women doubles if their ratio is 7, while a ratio of 3.3 signifies roughly half the average risk.

It’s important to remember that elevated cholesterol doesn’t mean a heart attack.  In fact, only half of the people suffering from heart attacks have elevated cholesterol.  It is simply part of the bigger picture.

Cholesterol is important for the body to manufacture hormones, vitamin D, bile acids, and help maintain the structure of your cells.

Sample Lab Me

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample

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Mail Sample

Mail it back within 24 hours of completing your test.  We include a postage-paid envelope.

View Results

Log into your secure dashboard and view your results when ready.

Finger-prick blood sample collection kit

We will send you your Baseline Blood Test finger-prick blood sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample option during the checkout process.

Mailing It Back

YourAt Home Blood Test includes 1st class paid postage envelope for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. It usually takes 2-4 business days to arrive depending on your location.  If you wish for it to be faster you may copy the address and send it on your own using express mail.

Private Laboratory Analysis

Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen FDA approved and CAP accredited laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.

Interpretation Of Results

If you need it, a PDF copy of your Health and Lifestyle Check Blood Test results can be downloaded for your doctor.  Any out of range results should be discussed with your doctor.

If you had out of range results and you would like a licensed MD from our medical team to review and give recommendations, there is a fee of $29.

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