Cholesterol levels are measured by a simple blood test, called a lipid profile. A small amount of blood is drawn from your arm and is analyzed by a laboratory. The test reports total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high density lipoprotein (HDL), and triglycerides. To prepare for the test, you must fast for nine to twelve hours prior to your visit.
Why is this test important?
The American Heart Association suggests that all individuals over age 20 have their cholesterol levels tested because individuals with high cholesterol levels are at a greater risk for developing heart disease and suffering from a deadly stroke. Taking a Lipid Profile test is the first step in understanding your risk for heart disease.
It is important to keep in mind that not all cholesterol is bad. HDL cholestrol is your good cholesterol and is cardio-protecive and is increased by exercise. LDL Cholesterol, known as bad cholesterol, is associated with atherosclerosis, which may lead to heart attacks and strokes.
My Concierge MD offers a multitude of blood tests, including the cholesterol blood test and advanced Berkley heart lab testing. Take the first step in reducing your risk for heart disease!