Lipid Profile Evaluates Risk of Heart Disease
Tests include: total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, triglycerides
A lipid profile can help determine your risk for coronary heart disease, including stroke or a heart attack. The lipid profile is not a single test, but a group of tests usually ordered together to check such things as your cholesterol level or the amount of triglycerides in your blood. If you have high cholesterol or triglyceride levels, your risk for heart disease may be increased.
Preparation and Procedure
- You do not need to make an appointment for this procedure.
- Prior to coming to the lab, follow your doctor’s fasting instructions.
- Arrive at the lab and sign in at the desk.
- Be sure to wear clothing with sleeves that are easily rolled up.
- A technician phlebotomist will draw blood from your arm for a specimen.
It takes approximately 45 minutes to register at the lab and complete your blood draw. Results from the profile are typically sent to your doctor within days; be assured, however, that any critical results are communicated immediately. Your doctor will discuss the results with you once he or she has reviewed them.
Michigan law requires that a valid order signed by an authorized person be presented before any laboratory test or procedure can be conducted. Authorized persons are defined as physicians, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners. These professionals are legally responsible for interpreting the results of tests based on their knowledge of the individual patient.