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Cholesterol and triglycerides tests measure the amount of fats in your blood. This includes "good" (HDL) and "bad" (LDL) cholesterol.
These tests are done to check the level of certain fats in your blood. The results can help your doctor decide if you need treatment. For instance, you may need to change your diet or be more active.
A health professional uses a needle to take a blood sample, usually from the arm.
These are general guidelines. Talk to your doctor about your own target levels. Yours will depend on your age, sex, health, and risk for certain health problems. Your doctor may have you aim for these levels:
The goal numbers for HDL and triglycerides can depend on your age and sex.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Adaptation Date: 2/25/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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