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Lipid profile is accessed mainly as a part of cardiac risk assessment. It will help to determine an individual’s risk of heart diseases, thus help him to make decisions about what the treatment may be. Lipids are a group of fats and fat-like substances that are important constituents of cells and sources of energy. Monitoring and maintaining healthy levels of these lipids are important in staying healthy. Lipid profile Tests includes
Total Cholesterol. This test measures all of the cholesterol in all the lipoprotein particles.
When Test is needed? It is recommended that healthy adults with no other risk factors forheart diseases be tested with a fasting lipid profile once every four to six years. Initial screening may involve only a single test fortotal cholesterol and not a full lipid profile. However, if the screening cholesterol test result is high, it will likely be followed by testing with a lipid profile. Risk Factors
Low HDL (less than 40 mg/dL (1.04 mmol/L) Hypertension (blood pressure of 140/90 or higher or taking high blood pressure medications)