To assess your risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD); to monitor the treatment of unhealthy lipid levels
When to be tested?
Examination when there are no risk factors: for adults, every four to six years; for children, adolescents and adults, once between 9 and 11 years old, and again between 17 and 21 years old
Monitoring: at regular intervals when you have risk factors, when preliminary results showed high-risk levels, and/or to monitor the effectiveness of treatment
A blood sample is taken by inserting a needle into a vein. Sometimes a drop of blood collects by piercing the skin on the tip of the finger. This finger sample is commonly used when a lipid panel is measured on a portable testing device, for example, at a health fair.
Do I have to prepare before the test?
Typically, fasting for 9-12 hours (drinking water only) before your blood is drawn is required. In particular, children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 2 to 24) may have taken the test without fasting. Follow the instructions given to you and tell the person who draws your blood whether you have fasted or not
Lipids are a group of fats and fat-like substances that are important components of cells and energy sources. A lipid panel measures the level of specific lipids in the blood.