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Lipid Panel and Cholesterol Test

This Lipid Panel and Cholesterol Test evaluates your cholesterol and triglyceride levels to ensure proper heart health. Specifically, this test measures levels of total cholesterol, LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL (good cholesterol), and triglycerides.

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Test Preparation:
Fasting is not required prior to collection.
Testing Method:
Blood draw

This Lipid Panel and Cholesterol Test evaluates your cholesterol and triglyceride levels to ensure proper heart health. Specifically, this test measures levels of total cholesterol, LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL (good cholesterol), and triglycerides.

High cholesterol levels can potentially cause blood vessel blockage which can lead to heart disease or stroke. Overweight individuals, smokers, heavy drinkers, or those with a family history of high cholesterol are at the highest risk of developing a cholesterol issue, but even adults with no symptoms or history are advised to be tested at least once every few years. Our Lipid Panel and Cholesterol Test can identify points of concern to and help prevent such complications.

How Does Our Lipid Panel and Cholesterol Test Work?

Regularly checking your cholesterol levels can give you a quick insight into your heart health and how your lifestyle may affect your body and overall well-being. At Priority Lab Testing purchasing a Lipid Panel and Cholesterol Test could not be any easier. First, purchase the test on our site by adding it to your cart and any other health-related lab tests you might be interested in. After purchase, head over to any of our 4000 lab locations. We have many locations to meet your needs, whether you are stopping by on your way to work or fitting in a quick stop during your daily errands.

There is no need for you to make an appointment. Find the lab that works for you and stop by during business hours. You can even purchase the test and head over the same day. For this lipid and cholesterol test, there is no need to fast. Once you arrive at the lab, the staff will take your information and draw your blood quickly and painlessly in just a few minutes. After a lab specialist has taken your blood sample, you are free to leave and can expect your results in just 24-72 hours.

Risk Factors for High Cholesterol

Cholesterol1 plays a vital role in the health of your arteries, heart, and your circulation. Many factors can come into play affecting cholesterol in an individual. While there may be some factors you cannot control, certain dietary and lifestyle choices can help you better manage and control your cholesterol.

The risk factors associated with high cholesterol include:

  • Family history of high cholesterol
  • Diets with a high concentration of saturated fat
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Smoker
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Older age

What Diseases Can Develop Due to High Cholesterol?

The longer an individual suffers from uncontrolled or unmanaged high cholesterol, the higher their risk will be of developing medical conditions impacted by the effects of cholesterol build-up on the body.

High cholesterol can cause or contribute to risk factors for the following conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure

How to Interpret Your Lipid Panel and Cholesterol Test Results

When you receive your test result for the Lipid Panel and Cholesterol lab work, you will find results for your Total Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL Cholesterol, VLDL and LDL Cholesterol. When reviewing your results, you should pay close attention to your bad cholesterol readings (LDL and VLDL) and your Triglycerides. The higher these numbers, the higher the potential buildup of cholesterol in your body. The results of each of these tests will appear alongside the reference range for that portion of the lab test. If any of your results are abnormal, your results will indicate this and whether it is high or low.

Lipid Panel and Cholesterol Test versus a Basic Health Panel

The Lipid Panel and Cholesterol Test is only a test of your blood related to cholesterol if you are looking for a more complete picture of your health, consider the Basic Health Panel, which includes the Lipid Panel and Cholesterol Test in addition to a Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP) and a test of your blood sugar levels or Hemoglobin A1c.


  • Cholesterol is not all bad. Good cholesterol actually works to lower your risk for heart disease and benefits your body’s functions. Bad cholesterol, however, referred to as LDL can significantly impact your health long-term, particularly when it remains elevated for a prolonged period. Any build-up or clogging of the arteries will have an effect on how your blood circulates and your heart health which can have a domino effect on other aspects of your physical health.

  • Lowering your cholesterol is not out of reach. Cholesterol management can include lifestyle changes, dietary changes, and medication if suggested by your healthcare provider. Increasing your activity levels and focusing on a more nutritious diet can help you have an impact on the amount of cholesterol in your blood.

  • If your test results indicate high triglycerides or high LDL cholesterol you may want to speak with your doctor about changes you can make or information about possible treatment to help you lower your risk for cholesterol-related diseases. Routine testing can also help you manage your cholesterol levels and stay on top of how the changes you implement are making an impact.

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/index.htm