As a thank you to our blood donors, you receive a complimentary total cholesterol test with your blood donation. Your confidential results are available by logging in to your account (click here) up to 7 days after your donation. You will need your donor ID number when you log in.  Your donor ID number is on your donor card.

What is Cholesterol Testing?
Cholesterol testing measures a fat-like substance in your blood that, over time, can build up in the walls of your arteries.  With high blood cholesterol levels, you have a greater risk of developing heart disease. Knowing your total cholesterol is just one piece of the puzzle in knowing your risk for heart disease.

What Does My Cholesterol Level Mean?
It is recommended that all adults (20 and older) have their cholesterol levels measured and evaluated by a physician once every 5 years.  The test the blood center performs does not replace these doctor visits. The best cholesterol test is called a “lipoprotein profile” that measures different types of cholesterol levels and is done after fasting for 12 hours. The blood center does a different test, one that does not require fasting. We use the “total cholesterol” test because it’s important for donors to have a healthy meal before they donate. Our test can give you an idea of your cholesterol levels.

Total Cholesterol Level Category
Less than 200 mg/dL Desirable
200-239 mg/dL Borderline High
240 mg/dL and above High

How Can I Tell if I am at Risk for Heart Disease?
If your total cholesterol is 200 mg/dL or more, you should share this result with your physician and a lipoprotein profile should be done to further evaluate your risk for coronary heart disease.  Even if your total cholesterol is below 200 mg/dL, you should have a lipoprotein profile done through your physician every 5 years. Some individuals with a total cholesterol level less than 200 mg/dl may still be at high risk for heart disease if they have other risk factors like older age, obesity, low physical activity, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, a low HDL cholesterol level, or a family history of premature coronary heart disease.  The Inland Northwest Blood Center encourages you to discuss your total cholesterol level and possible risk factors with your physician to fully assess your risk of developing coronary heart disease.

For More Information on Cholesterol Testing and Heart Disease:
American Heart Association:
www.americanheart.org   1-800-AHA-USA1

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute:
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/index.htm