Lipid Profile | Cholesterol Test
Understanding your lipid profile is an important way to look at your risk of heart disease. NorDx offers this test and others at a lab that is convenient, close to home and in the community.
What is a Lipid Profile?
A lipid profile is a lab test to check your risk of developing heart disease. Sometimes it is called a lipid panel. Lipids are fatty substances in your body.
It is important to have the right levels of lipids in your body in order to stay healthy. The results of your lipid profile will be used to help create a plan for lowering your risk of heart disease.
A lipid profile often includes the measurement of:
Total Cholesterol - This number should be under 200.
HDL (high density lipoprotein cholesterol) - HDL is the “good” cholesterol because it helps remove cholesterol from your body. This number should be over 60.
LDL (low density lipoprotein cholesterol) - LDL is the “bad” cholesterol because it can deposit fat in your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease. This number should be under 100.
Triglycerides - Triglycerides are a type of fat in your blood.
Sometimes lipid profile results also include the follow results:
VLDL-C - Very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.
Non-HDL-C - This is your total cholesterol minus your HDL.
Cholesterol/HDL ratio - This is a ratio of your total cholesterol to HDL. This number should be under 150.
How is a Lipid Profile Done?
Lipid profile is usually taken through a blood sample.
A small needle will be inserted into one of your veins and blood will be drawn up into a test tube.
The test tube of blood will be sent to a laboratory for testing.
You can have a lipid profile done at a patient lab.
Often your healthcare provider will order the test in advance and refer you to the lab for the procedure.
The results of your lipid profile will be sent to the healthcare provider who ordered the test for you.
Ask your healthcare provider how the results will be given to you.