Lipid Profile Panel
Concerned about your heart health? Measure what matters.
Lipids (also known as fatty substances) can tell you a lot about the state of your overall health. For example, high levels of “bad” or LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol can build up in the walls of your arteries and increase your risk for heart disease; however, high levels of “good” or HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol can actually reduce your risk by removing excess LDL from the body.
This cholesterol and lipids panel measures the fatty substances used in the body as energy that contribute to heart health (including cholesterol and triglycerides) to help assess the risk of heart disease.
Blood, Fasting Required
LDL Cholesterol (Low-Density Lipoprotein)
Measures the amount of LDL in the blood, known as the “bad” cholesterol because LDL particles can build up in the walls of your arteries, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke hydration status and other urinalysis results.
A measure of the total sum of cholesterol (LDL, HDL, and VLDL) in the body.
HDL Cholesterol (High-Density Lipoprotein)
Measures the amount of HDL in the blood, known as “good” cholesterol because it comes from particles that remove “bad “cholesterol from the body, which reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Measures the number of triglycerides in the blood, a type of fat that circulates in your blood and comes from adipose, the primary fat stored from food used to supply your energy. High triglyceride levels can increase the risk of heart disease.
Half of all U.S. adults have one or more chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, or obesity.1
Getting to know your numbers and overall quality of your health can help you make more informed decisions to live a healthier lifestyle.2
Start with Screening
Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better.3
Cholesterol & lipid tests can be appropriate for a healthy person, especially when there is a family history of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke.4
1. “About Chronic Diseases | CDC.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/index.htm. Last reviewed November 19, 2018
2. “Know Your Health Numbers.” American Heart Association, https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/diabetes/prevention–treatment-of-diabetes/know-your-health-numbers Last reviewed August 2015.
3.“Check-Ups Are Important – Family Health – CDC.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/family/checkup/index.html. Last reviewed August 2017.
4. “Getting Your Cholesterol Checked.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/cholesterol_screening.htm. Last reviewed February 9, 2018.
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