Lipid Profile

Lipid Profile; Accessing The Risk For Heart Disease

A Lipid profile blood test is one that encompasses a battery of tests. This group of tests is commonly used to determine the risk of coronary heart disease. These levels give a good indication of the individual’s likeliness of having a heart attack or stroke. By measuring cholesterol, triglycerides and other levels that are known to block arteries and blood vessels, some say that the Lipid blood testing is a preventative measure.

Blood Tests Specifics

Cholesterol, high density and low density lipoprotein, cholesterol and triglycerides are all included. The normal level for cholesterol varies by age and the sex of the individual. The normal range for an individual less than 19 years of age is less than 170 mg/dL. The range for 19 and over is 200 mg/dL. Breaking the levels of the blood test further; the high density lipoprotein cholesterol as known as the good cholesterol is considered low at less than 40 and high if over 60. Low density lipoprotein cholesterol, as known as the bad cholesterol is optimal at less than 100 and borderline from 130 to 159. Triglycerides should be in the range of 400 mg/dL.

Who Should Have This Blood Test

The general public is urged to have a lipid profile blood test every 5 years, unless suffering from high cholesterol, heart disease or other chronic medical conditions. Children that are obese or at an increased risk of heart disease as an adult should also have a lipid profile blood testing series.

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