What is a lipid profile?
The lipid profile is a group of tests that are often ordered together to determine risk of coronary heart disease. The tests making up a lipid profile are tests that have been shown to be good indicators of whether someone is likely to have a heart attack or stroke caused by blockage of blood vessels (hardening of the arteries).
What tests are included in a lipid profile?
The lipid profile includes Total Cholesterol, HDL(often called good cholesterol), LDL (often called bad cholesterol), and triglycerides. The report will include additional calculated values such as HDL/Total Cholesterol ratio or a risk score based on lipid profile results, age, sex, and other risk factors.
How is a lipid profile used?
The lipid profile is used to guide providers in deciding how a person at risk should be treated. The results of the lipid profile are considered along with other known risk factors of heart disease to develop a plan of treatment and follow-up.
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