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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 check the level of certain fats in your blood. The results can help your doctor decide whether to recommend treatments such as changing your diet or increasing your activity.
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:
The goal numbers for HDL cholesterol and triglycerides can depend on your child's age and gender.
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: April 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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