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Also referred to as a lipid panel, lipid profile or cholesterol test. A Lipid Profile is a complete cholesterol test conducted through analysis of blood. It is used to measure the amount of “good” and “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides, a type of fat, in your blood. The Lipid Profile is used as part of a cardiac risk assessment to help determine an individual’s risk of heart disease and to help make decisions about the best or most appropriate form of treatment if one’s results are considered borderline or high.
Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in your blood. Having a high level of triglycerides in your blood can increase your chances of developing heart disease. The body converts unused calories into triglycerides, which are stored in fat cells. Regularly consuming more calories than you burn can lead to hypertriglyceridemia, or a high level of triglycerides, which can be an indicator of other conditions that could increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.