Healthy heart

£199.00

With this test you can check your full blood count including heamoglobin, assess your blood glucose level control, extended lipid metabolism, including cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, omega 3 and 6 fatty acid levels.

Due to the unique structure of the test, which includes the testing of fatty acids, this test might take slightly longer – up to 2-3 weeks.

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Description

Someone could say that the heart is the main organ of a human body. Unarguably it would be impossible to function without it. Cardiovascular disease remains the main cause for ill health in the world, therefore it is crucial to screen for and prevent the risks to your heart.

Take proactive steps towards maintaining a healthy heart with our comprehensive Healthy Heart health screening package. Designed to provide insights into key cardiovascular health markers, this package offers a thorough assessment to help you understand and manage your heart health effectively.

What’s Included:

Full Blood Count (FBC): Evaluates red blood cell, white blood cell, and platelet counts, providing essential information about overall health and potential underlying conditions.

Lipid Profile: Assesses cholesterol levels, including HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein), LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein), total cholesterol, triglycerides, and cholesterol ratios (Chol:HDL), crucial indicators of cardiovascular risk.

HbA1c: Measures average blood sugar levels over the past few months, aiding in the early detection and management of diabetes.

Omega 3+6: Includes essential fatty acids crucial for heart health, supporting overall cardiovascular function and reducing the risk of heart disease.

Why Choose Our Healthy Heart Package:

Comprehensive Assessment: Our package provides a comprehensive evaluation of key cardiovascular health markers, allowing for early detection and management of potential risk factors.

Proactive Approach: Take proactive steps towards maintaining optimal heart health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Professional Guidance: Receive professional guidance and insights based on your test results to help you make informed decisions about your heart health.


  • Basophils
    These cells play a role in allergic responses. Elevated levels can be seen in allergies, chronic inflammation, and certain blood disorders.

  • Chol:HDL Ratio
    The Cholesterol to High-Density Lipoprotein (Chol:HDL) ratio is a calculation derived from dividing the total cholesterol by the HDL cholesterol level. This ratio is used as an indicator of cardiovascular risk. • High Ratio: A higher Chol:HDL ratio indicates a higher risk of heart disease. It suggests that there is a greater proportion of cholesterol in relation to the "good" HDL cholesterol, which is protective against heart disease. Generally, a ratio above 5.0 is considered high risk. • Low Ratio: A lower ratio is more desirable and indicates a lower risk of heart disease. It reflects a higher proportion of HDL cholesterol relative to total cholesterol. A ratio below 3.5 is usually considered optimal.

  • Cholesterol
    Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in all cells of the body, necessary for making hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help digest foods. The body produces cholesterol, but it is also obtained from animal-based foods. Cholesterol travels in the blood in packages called lipoproteins, which include low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad" cholesterol) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or "good" cholesterol). High levels of LDL cholesterol can lead to plaque build-up in arteries, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Conversely, high levels of HDL cholesterol are considered protective as they help transport cholesterol away from artery walls. Regular monitoring of cholesterol levels through blood tests is key for assessing cardiovascular risk and guiding dietary and lifestyle interventions or medication management to maintain heart health.

  • Eosinophils
    Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell that play a key role in the body's immune response, particularly in fighting parasitic infections and in allergic reactions. They are part of the body's immune system and are produced in the bone marrow. Eosinophils can be measured through a blood test, often as part of a complete blood count (CBC).
    • High Levels of Eosinophils (Eosinophilia): Can indicate allergic reactions, parasitic infections, autoimmune diseases, and certain types of leukemia or other health conditions.
    • Low Levels of Eosinophils: Generally not a concern and can occur with the use of certain medications, like corticosteroids, or during acute infections.

  • HDL Cholesterol
    HDL Cholesterol (High-Density Lipoprotein) known as "good" cholesterol, helps remove other forms of cholesterol from your bloodstream. Higher levels of HDL cholesterol are associated with a lower risk of heart disease. • High Levels: Higher levels of HDL cholesterol are considered protective against heart disease. • Low Levels: Low levels of HDL cholesterol increase the risk of heart disease. Low HDL can be a result of genetic factors, type 2 diabetes, smoking, being overweight, and a sedentary lifestyle.

  • Haematocrit (Hct)
    This assesses the percentage of blood volume composed of red blood cells. It helps diagnose and monitor conditions like anaemia, polycythaemia, and hydration status.

  • Haemoglobin (Hb)
    Haemoglobin (Hb) is a vital protein in red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body and returning carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs. It gives red blood cells their characteristic color and is essential for cellular respiration.
    • High Haemoglobin Levels: Elevated levels can occur in conditions like polycythemia vera, chronic lung disease and smoking, dehydration, or living at high altitudes.
    • Low Haemoglobin Levels: Low levels are indicative of anaemia, which can result from a variety of causes including iron deficiency, chronic diseases, blood loss, or bone marrow problems.

  • HbA1C
    One of the key tests in the diagnosis of diabetes - Haemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) is a blood test that measures the average level of blood sugar (glucose) over the past two to three months. It does this by calculating the percentage of haemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen, which is coated with sugar (glycated). High HbA1C Levels: Indicate poor blood sugar control and a higher risk of diabetes complications. Elevated levels are used to diagnose type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, and to monitor diabetes management. Low HbA1C Levels: Generally seen in individuals without diabetes or with well-controlled diabetes. Very low levels may suggest hypoglycemia, particularly in diabetic patients using insulin or certain diabetes medications.

  • LDL Cholesterol
    LDL Cholesterol  (Low-Density Lipoprotein), often referred to as "bad" cholesterol, is a type of cholesterol that can accumulate in the walls of blood vessels, leading to atherosclerosis and increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. • High Levels: Elevated LDL levels are a major risk factor for coronary artery disease. Levels above 3 mmol/L are generally considered high, but the target level can vary based on individual heart disease risk factors. • Low Levels: Lower LDL cholesterol is generally better for heart health. However, extremely low levels should be discussed with a healthcare provider, as they might be a sign of other health issues.

  • Lymphocytes
    These cells are vital in the immune response against viral infections. Abnormal levels can indicate viral infections, lymphoma, or immune disorders.

  • Mean Cell Haemoglobin (MCH)
    Measures the average haemoglobin content in an individual red blood cell. It's useful in diagnosing the type of anaemia.

  • Mean Cell Haemoglobin Concentration (MCHC)
    This test measures the concentration of haemoglobin in a given volume of red cells, aiding in distinguishing between different types of anaemia.

  • Mean Cell Volume (MCV)
    Indicates the average size of red blood cells. It helps in classifying anaemias as microcytic, normocytic, or macrocytic. • High MCV indicates macrocytic anaemia, often due to Vitamin B12 or folate deficiency. • Low MCV suggests microcytic anaemia, commonly due to iron deficiency.

  • Mean Platelet Volume (MPV)
    Provides information about platelet production in bone marrow and can indicate risks for diseases like heart disease or thrombosis.

  • Monocytes
    A type of white cell involved in fighting certain infections and helping other white blood cells remove dead or damaged tissues.

  • Neutrophils
    A subtype of white blood cell, crucial in fighting bacterial infections. Abnormal levels can indicate bacterial infections, stress, or bone marrow disorders.

  • Non-HDL Cholesterol
    Non-HDL cholesterol is calculated by subtracting the HDL cholesterol from the total cholesterol. It represents all the "bad" types of cholesterol, including LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) and VLDL (Very Low-Density Lipoprotein), which are associated with the buildup of plaque in the arteries and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. • High Levels: Elevated non-HDL cholesterol levels indicate a higher risk of developing heart disease and stroke. It suggests an accumulation of cholesterol in the arteries. The ideal level for non-HDL cholesterol depends on individual risk factors, but generally, a level below 4 mmol/L is considered normal. • Low Levels: Lower non-HDL cholesterol levels are usually considered beneficial and suggest a lower risk of heart disease. However, extremely low levels should be evaluated by a healthcare provider to rule out any underlying health issues.

  • Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids
    Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, meaning they are crucial for human health but cannot be made by the body. As a result, they must be obtained through diet. These fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats and play a vital role in various bodily functions, including: Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These are found in high concentrations in certain fish oils, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts. There are several types of omega-3 fatty acids, but the most important ones are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Omega-3s are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and are linked to numerous health benefits, such as improved heart health, better brain function, and reduced risk of chronic diseases like arthritis. Omega-6 Fatty Acids: These are found in various plant oils, such as soybean, corn, and sunflower oils, as well as nuts and seeds. The most common omega-6 fatty acid is linoleic acid. Omega-6s are primarily used for energy. They are also involved in cellular function and can contribute to inflammation, which is part of the body's natural healing process. The balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the diet is important. In modern diets, there tends to be a higher consumption of omega-6s compared to omega-3s, which can contribute to increased inflammation and is linked to various health issues. Thus, a balanced intake of these fatty acids is crucial for maintaining optimal health.

  • Platelets
    Essential for blood clotting. The test can diagnose or monitor bleeding disorders, thrombocytopenia, or thrombocythemia.

  • Red Blood Cells (RBC)
    Measures the number of red blood cells, which are vital for transporting oxygen throughout the body. An abnormal count can indicate conditions like anaemia, dehydration, or bone marrow disorders. • High levels can indicate polycythaemia vera or dehydration. • Low levels suggest anaemia or haemorrhage.

  • Red Cell Distribution Width (RDW)
    Assesses the variation in red blood cell size, which can help in diagnosing specific types of anaemia.

  • Triglycerides
    Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood. When you eat, your body converts any calories it doesn't need to use right away into triglycerides, which are stored in fat cells. • High Levels: High triglyceride levels can increase the risk of coronary artery disease. Elevated levels can be due to overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, cigarette smoking, excess alcohol consumption, a very high carbohydrate diet, certain diseases and medications, and genetic disorders. • Low Levels: Low triglyceride levels are generally not a concern and are typically seen as beneficial. However, extremely low levels can be a result of malnutrition, malabsorption, or hyperthyroidism.

  • White Blood Cells (WBC)
    This count measures the body's immune cells. Abnormal counts can indicate infections, inflammatory diseases, and hematologic conditions.

How it Works
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Choose one of our test packages according to your needs – whether this would be general health screening, nutritional state, sexual health or monitoring of a chronic condition and get it delivered to your home or office.

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Perform the test at your comfort zone. This will require a fingerprick, swab of urine sample collection. Instructions will be included in your kit. Post it back to one of our accredited laboratories in a prepaid envelope.

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We will notify you when results are available and you can access it in your dashboard together with advice from our health experts. Repeat tests as recommended and track results to keep your health in a good shape all the time.

Video tutorial

This video shows step-by-step guidance on how to use The Red Drop blood collection kits