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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.
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 target cholesterol levels. They may vary depending on your age, gender, health, and risk for certain health problems. Your doctor may recommend the following levels:
The goal numbers for HDL cholesterol and triglycerides can depend on your 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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Adaptation Date: 3/24/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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