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Cholesterol and triglycerides tests measure the amount of fats in your blood. These fats have both "good" (HDL) and "bad" (LDL) cholesterol.
These tests are done to help find out your risk of a heart attack and stroke. Your doctor uses your cholesterol levels plus other things such as blood pressure, age, and sex to calculate your risk. These tests also help your doctor find out how well medicine is working for some health problems.
A health professional uses a needle to take a blood sample, usually from the arm.
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Adaptation Date: 5/4/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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