Lipid Profile

A Lipid Profile blood test measures the cholesterol in your body. Cholesterol is described as a fat-like, waxy, substance. Normally it is in certain foods and is stored in your body’s cells. A healthy body needs small amounts of cholesterol for normal operations.

The danger of having too much cholesterol is that it can harden and turn to plaque. This build up can reduce blood flow through your arteries. This makes the heart have to work even harder to pump the blood. This combination frequently leads to heart disease.

A Lipid Profile blood test measures:
Good Cholesterol: High Density Lipoproteins (HDL)
Bad Cholesterol: Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL)

The lipid profile blood test also provides the total and a ratio of these two types.

Each score (HDL, LDL, the total and the Ratio) will fall within out outside of the “normal ranges”.

The blood test lipid profile also tests the level of triglycerides in the blood. This is another important factor in determining heart disease risk.

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