Why is a screening important?
A lipid panel is a primary tool for assessing your risk of cardiovascular diseases by identifying abnormal levels of lipids in your blood. Abnormal lipid levels in your blood can lead to buildup in your blood vessels and arteries which can cause damage and increase your risk of cardiovascular problems. A lipid panel includes measurements of the following components:
Total Cholesterol = HDL Cholesterol + LDL cholesterol + 1/5 of triglycerides.
LDL Cholesterol: This is known as the “bad” cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is needed because it carries cholesterol to your body’s cells, but having too much can contribute to plaque buildup in your arteries and cause problems.
HDL Cholesterol: This is known as the “good” cholesterol. It helps mover extra cholesterol from your bloodstream to your liver. Your liver then removes it from your body.
Triglycerides: Are a type of fat in your blood that the body uses for energy. High levels can put you at risk for the buildup of fats, cholesterol, and other substances on the artery walls.
The results of a lipid panel allow healthcare providers to take appropriate measures, when necessary, by suggesting dietary and lifestyle changes, medication, and closer monitoring. Understanding your lipid profile is important for a healthier and happier life.
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