Lipid profile testing is used to help determine your risk of heart disease along with other factors such as age, family history, cigarette smoking, diet, exercise, weight, blood pressure, and diabetes.
Lipids are found in your blood and tissues. These fats are used as energy in your body, but if levels become too high and unbalanced, lipids can build up in the artery walls to form plaque. This can obstruct blood flow through the arteries and increase cardiovascular disease and stroke risks. Lipids include cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and triglycerides. The basic lipids blood test measures total cholesterol, triglyceride levels, HDL and LDL cholesterol. More extensive lipid profile testing also includes VLDL, ratio of total cholesterol to HDL, and ratio of LDL to HDL.
Our Cholesterol Panel w/Direct LDL includes: