Cholesterol and triglycerides tests measure the amount of fats in your blood, including "good" (HDL) and "bad" (LDL) cholesterol.
Cholesterol and triglycerides tests are done to help find out your chances of having heart disease. If you take medicine for high cholesterol and triglycerides, these tests can help your doctor find out how well the medicine is working.
The health professional taking a sample of your blood will:
The following are general guidelines. Talk to your doctor about your target cholesterol levels. They may vary depending on your age, gender, health, and your risk for certain health problems. Your doctor may recommend the following levels:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call 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 call line 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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Current as of: September 21, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
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