Cholesterol is a soft, wax like substance found in all part of your body. Your body requires some amount of it to work properly. Some types of cholesterol are considered as good & some are considered as bad.
Lipid profile/ panel measures:
- Total cholesterol
- HDL ( High density Lipoprotein) – Good Cholesterol
- LDL ( Low density lipoprotein)- Bad cholesterol
- VLDL ( Very low density lipoprotein)
How to prepare for test?
You should be fasting for 12-14 hrs before test. You may have water.
Why the test is performed?
Some guidelines recommended having the first lipid test done at the age 20.
|Total Cholesterol||Desirable||< 200||mg/dL|
What abnormal results mean?
Abnormal results may be a sign that you are at increased risk for heart disease, stroke & problems caused by blocked arteries. If your cholesterol is too high, you may need treatment to lower your the levels. This may include medication & lifestyle changes.
What are the Good & Bad cholesterol?
Good Cholesterol: It is good because it help to get rid of excess cholesterol to transferring them from the blood vessels to the liver for excretion.
Bad Cholesterol: It is bad because it deposits more cholesterol in the blood transferring it from the blood vessels to the liver causing more plaque& dangerous of high BP &heart attacks.