Cholesterol Test

You usually need to avoid eating for 10 to 12 hours before you have this blood test. You may drink water and take medicines your doctor prescribed during this time. But avoid drinking liquids other than water.

A lipid panel is a blood test that measures lipids fats and fatty substances used as a source of energy by your body. Lipids include cholesterol triglycerides high-density lipoprotein (HDL), and low-density lipoprotein (LDL).

This panel measures:

  • Triglyceride level
  • HDL cholesterol level. This is the "good" cholesterol.
  • LDL cholesterol level. This is the "bad" cholesterol

Other measurements that may be done for a lipid panel include:performed?

  • Very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol level
  • The ratio of total cholesterol to HDL
  • The ratio of LDL to HDL
    • Lipids are found in your blood and are stored in tissues. They are an important part of cells, and they help keep your body working normally. Lipid disorders, such as, may lead to life-threatening illnesses, such as coronary artery disease (CAD), heart attack stroke.

      Your doctor may order a lipid panel as part of a regular health examination. Your doctor may use the results of this test to prevent, check on, or diagnose a medical condition.

      To assure test accuracy, please remember:

      • To fast for 8-12 hrs. before the test. Water is permitted.
      • Eat a normal diet for 7 days before testing
      • No alcohol for 24 hours before testing
      • Medication such as Estrogen, oral contraceptives, salicylates (for example Aspirin) should be withheld for 24 hours
      • If taking medication, such as insulin, bring it with you  and administer after your blood test.  Bring your breakfast (muffins, sandwich etc) with you and eat after your blood is drawn.