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Lipid Panel Blood Test With Total Cholesterol: HDL Ratio

What's a cholesterol test? A cholesterol test is often referred to as a lipid panel or lipid profile and is used to measure lipids-fats and fatty substances used as a source of energy by your body. Lipids include cholesterol, triglycerides, vldl, high-density lipoprotein (HDL Cholesterol), and low-density lipoprotein (LDL Cholesterol).

Sample Report

Test Code: 221010

Also Known As: LP; FLP; fasting lipids; cholesterol panel

Methodology: Enzymatic

Preparation: Patient should be on a stable diet, ideally for two to three weeks prior to collection of blood, and should fast for 12 to 14 hours before collection of the specimen.

Test Results: 1-2 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Description

The lipid profile is used to help determine heart disease risk and to help decide treatment if you are borderline or high risk. The results of the lipid profile and other known risk factors of heart disease are considered to develop treatment and follow-up. Depending on your results and other risk factors, treatment options may involve diet and exercise changes or lipid-lowering medications such as statins. Test Includes: Cholesterol, HDL (the "good" cholesterol), LDL (the "bad" cholesterol), VLDL, Triglycerides, and the Ratio of Good cholesterol to total.

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