A lipid profile test is conducted to determine the levels of various types of lipids in the body. The lipids are not only structural components but also act as a reservoir of energy in the body.
Why get tested?
What does it do?
The test is usually conducted to
Evaluate the risk of cardiovascular diseases
Monitor the improvement in patients undergoing the treatment for cardiovascular diseases
Track the fluctuating levels of lipids in patients who are undergoing a medical treatment
What it measures?
A lipid profile test measures the level of cholesterol (Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) and High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL)) and triglycerides. Other lipids whose levels may be checked include Very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), non-HDL cholesterol, and the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol.
This test includes
Non - HDL Cholesterol
TC/HDL Cholesterol Ratio
For conducting a cholesterol test, the doctor may ask the patient to not eat for at least eight to twelve hours before the test.