The Lipid Profile is a group of tests used to determine the risk of coronary heart disease. The tests that make up a lipid profile are tests that have been shown to be good indicators of the likelihood of heart attack or stroke caused by blockage of blood vessels (hardening of the arteries).
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HDL Cholesterol (Good Cholesterol)
LDL Cholesterol (Bad Cholesterol)
The report will include additional calculated values such as HDL/Cholesterol ratio or a risk score based on lipid profile results, age, sex, and other risk factors.
The results of the lipid profile are considered along with other known predictors of heart disease risk factors like C-Reactive Protein (CRP-Cardio) to develop a comprehensive plan. Knowing your numbers allows you to combine lifestyle changes with periodic screening to work towards heart disease prevention.
To get a true understanding of your personal risk for Heart Disease, the relationship between Good (HDL) and Bad (LDL) Cholesterol needs to be established.
Special Preparation: Nothing to eat or drink for 12 hours before the test.