(LDL, HDL, Triglycerides, Risk ratio LDL/HDL, Cholesterol)
Why Get Tested?
To assess your risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD); to monitor treatment
When to Get Tested?
Screening: for adults, every five years; for youths, once between the ages of 9 and 11 and again between ages 17 and 21
Monitoring: at regular intervals when risk factors are present, when prior results showed high risk levels, and/or to monitor effectiveness of treatment
A blood sample is obtained by inserting a needle into a vein in your arm or from a fingerstick
Test Preparation Needed?
Typically, fasting for 9-12 hours before having your blood drawn is required; only water is permitted. Follow any instructions you are given.