Test for the quantitative determination of:
- Total Cholesterol (Chol)
- High Density Lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL)
- Low-Density Lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL)
- Triglycerides (Trig)
- Chol/HDL ratio
The importance of measuring a lipid panel
Elevated cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. As the blood cholesterol rises, so does the cardiovascular disease risk. Many patients such as those with metabolic syndrome have comorbid conditions such as high lipids and diabetes. And if other risk factors are present such as smoking, high blood pressure or diabetes, the risk increases even further.
Measuring a Lipid Panel/Cholesterol is recommended by NCEP (National Cholesterol Education Program) every five years in healthy adults, more regularly if you have other risk factors, in children and youths who are at an increased risk and to evaluate the success of lipid-lowering treatment.