Lipid Profile DETAILS
Used to assess so-called ‘good cholesterol’ versus ‘bad cholesterol’ levels and to check the risk of morbid conditions associated with high blood fat
Our Full Lipid Profile test basically consists of Total cholesterol (TChol), Triglycerides, HDL-Cholesterol (HDL-C), and LDL-Cholesterol (LDL-C). In addition various computed values such as VLDL, TChol/HDL-C, HDL-C/LDL-C ratios are given. The lipid profile can be performed as a fasting test (requiring about 10 hours after last meal) or as routine without fasting requirement. To perform this test you will need to visit your laboratory of choice for the collection of a Blood sample.
Lipids are a group of fats and fat-like substances that are important constituents of cells and sources of energy. Lipids help in various physiological functions of the human body, store energy, provide body insulation and constitute an important cell component. Monitoring and maintaining healthy levels of these lipids is important in staying healthy.
Lipid Profile is a test which measures the concentrations of fats and cholesterol in the blood, and can be used to assess so-called ‘good cholesterol’ versus ‘bad cholesterol’ levels. This routine medical test for healthy adults helps evaluate one’s risk and susceptibility towards coronary heart diseases or heart attacks and stroke (due to blockage of blood vessels). The significance of this test is the relationship between an abnormal lipid profile and atherosclerosis, the cause of many cases of heart disease and strokes.
The Lipid Profile test is a blood test which needs to performed with the patient in a fasted state - usually at least 10 (ten) hours after food and usually in the morning.
The Lipid Profile test is usually performed as a screening test in otherwise healthy people, in order to estimate their cardiovascular risk (of heart attack or stroke). The test is almost routinely performed in people admitted to hospital for suspected angina (iscaemic heart disease, acute coronary syndrome, ischaemic chest pain) or suspected stroke (cerebrovascular disease, cerebrovascular accident, transient ischaemic attack).
The Lipid Profile Tests may form part of a routine health check process (along with other tests). Individuals in the following category may also be ordered, to take this test:
- A fasting lipid profile is usually advised for healthy adults (at regular interval)
- Individuals, who have previously tested with high cholesterol levels, should have Lipid Profile Tests, more regularly
- Adults having high risk factors leading to coronary heart problems, like smoking, high blood pressure, leading a sedentary life, age over 45 years (over 55 years for females), having a previous family history of such diseases, diabetes, and those with low HDL-cholesterol, high LDL-cholesterol levels, etc.
Disclaimer: Laboratory test results are NOT to be interpreted as a "stand-alone" item. Test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental information/tests. The meaning of your tests results will be explained by your healthcare providers, based on additional information you provide them.