What is the doctor looking for?
Analyzing a lipid profile helps physicians understand your risk of heart disease and stroke.
What is the test?
A lipid is a component of your blood plasma. The major plasma lipids include cholesterol, triglycerides and phospholipids. A lipid profile is the observable pattern of various lipids in your bloodstream. The profile usually includes total cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, triglycerides, and calculated low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. A lipid profile requires only a simple blood draw. A nurse or other clinician will insert a needle into your arm and withdraw a sample of blood to be analyzed in the lab.
Where are the tests done?
The blood draw is done in either a lipid clinic, hospital, outpatient lab or by your doctor at his office.
May I eat or drink?
You need to stop eating and drinking 12 hours before the test.
What about medications?
Diabetics should hold their insulin or diabetic medication until after they have eaten. Other medications are to be taken as prescribed.
Will I have an IV?
Do I need special clothing?
What should I bring to the test?
How long does the test take?
It only takes a few minutes. After your blood is drawn, you will be asked to rest for a few minutes, after which time you are released and may resume normal activities.
When will the results be ready?
Results are generally available to your physician within 24 hours.
Tell your doctor/nurse if you have …
A phobia about needles or you start feeling dizzy or lightheaded.
Will the test make me sick or sleepy?
No. But, if you are sensitive to needles, this procedure may be uncomfortable. Consider asking a friend or loved one to accompany you.
Will I receive any radiation during the procedure?
What if I am pregnant or breast-feeding?
There are no risks if you are pregnant or breast feeding.