What is a Lipid Panel Test?
The Lipid Panel Test is a blood test that checks standard Lipid marker levels.
Why is a Lipid Panel Test important?
Cholesterol is important for fat, membrane and steroid synthesis. When chronically elevated, it can lead to plaque generation and has been correlated with cardiovascular disease. HDL, or High-density Lipoprotein, transports cholesterol around the body and elevated levels have been correlated with fewer cardiovascular diseases. Elevated LDL, or Low-density Lipoprotein, levels can result in the formation or arterial plaques and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Triglyceride levels are increased with alcohol and carbohydrate intake and reduced with exercise, omega-3 acids and fish oil. VLDL, or Very Low Density Lipoprotein, is a cholesterol tranporter in the blood.
What type of specimen will I submit?
This Lipid Panel is a blood test.
Do I need to fast to take this test?
An 8-12 hour fast is recommended before testing.
How long does it take to get test results?
It typically takes 4 business days or less.