A lipid panel, also known as a lipid profile or cholesterol panel, is a blood test that measures various types of fats (lipids) and cholesterol in your blood. The test provides information about your cardiovascular health and helps assess your risk of heart disease. 

Sample type:  Blood
Preparation: Fasting (not eating or drinking anything except water) for 8-12 hours is recommended.

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Interpretation of the lipid panel results involves considering the balance between the different types of cholesterol and triglycerides. Healthcare providers use this information to assess cardiovascular risk and may recommend lifestyle changes, medications, or other interventions to manage and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Total Cholesterol: This is the total amount of cholesterol in your blood, including both low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.

Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol: Often referred to as “bad” cholesterol, high levels of LDL cholesterol can contribute to the buildup of plaque in your arteries, increasing the risk of heart disease.

High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Cholesterol: This is often called “good” cholesterol because higher levels are associated with a lower risk of heart disease. HDL cholesterol helps remove LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream.

Triglycerides: Triglycerides are a type of fat that circulates in the blood. Elevated triglyceride levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease.