High cholesterol increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the United States. Getting your cholesterol levels checked is an important part of staying healthy.
This group of tests measures the amount of cholesterol and other fats in your blood. Cholesterol and triglycerides are lipids, or fats. These fats are important for cell health, but they can be harmful when they build up in the blood. Sometimes they can lead to clogged, inflamed arteries, a condition call atherosclerosis. This may keep your heart from working normally if the arteries of your heart muscle are affected.
- HDL Cholesterol
- Direct LDL
- Chol/HDL Ratio
- Non-HDL Cholesterol
Turn Around Time: 24 hours.
When you Should Get a Lipid Test?
High cholesterol usually causes no signs or symptoms. A complete cholesterol test is done to determine whether your cholesterol is high and to estimate your risk of heart attacks and other forms of heart disease and diseases of the blood vessels. You should regularly test your levels If your initial test results were abnormal or if you already have coronary artery disease. Also, if you’re taking cholesterol-lowering medications or you’re at higher risk of coronary artery disease because you:
- Have a family history of high cholesterol or heart attacks
- Are overweight
- Are physically inactive
- Have diabetes
- Eat an unhealthy diet
- Smoke cigarettes
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