What is a lipid profile?
A lipid profile (or lipid panel) is a blood test which measures the concentrations of fats and cholesterol in the blood, and can be used to assess so-called ‘good cholesterol’ versus ‘bad cholesterol’ levels.
Importance of a lipid profile
The significance of this test is the relationship between an abnormal lipid profile and atherosclerosis, the cause of many cases of heart disease and strokes.
Lipid profile test procedure
The lipid profile test is a blood test which needs to performed with the patient in a fasted state – usually at least 10 (ten) hours after food and usually in the morning. A few millilitres of blood is taken from a vein.