The Lipid panel is a blood test that will test cholesterol levels and triglycerides. Excess cholesterol can cause buildup in the blood vessels. LDL “Bad Cholesterol” help cause plaque or narrowing/hardening of the blood vessels called atherosclerosis. High Levels of LDL are associated with increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
The Blood panel tests:
- Total Cholesterol- The amount of all cholesterol in your blood.
- HDL – “Good Cholesterol”: High-Density Lipoprotein attaches to LDL cholesterol removing LDL cholesterol from the lining of your blood vessels.
- LDL- “Bad Cholesterol”: A high level of LDL cholesterol can lead to plaque buildup or hardening of arteries called atherosclerosis.
- Triglycerides- Are a form a fat and major source of energy for the body. High levels are associated with Cardiovascular Disease (CVD).
Why Test Cholesterol?
To determine if you have or at risk for Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). Cholesterol testing is recommended to test every 4-6 years if no risk factors and more frequently with risk factors such as smoking, being overweight, high blood pressure, diabetes, and family history of heart disease.
Turnaround Time: for Lipid Panel is usually 1 business day.
Fasting: 9-12 hours, water only, before blood drawn.