Cholesterol (Lipid) Panel
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Must be 18+ years of age to purchase
Orders not permitted in: AK, HI, AZ
Blood (venipuncture—a needle is used to draw blood from a vein)
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You can get the information you need to support a healthy life - for yourself.
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Conveniently shop and pay online for lab tests without a doctor's visit. An independent physician will review your request and if appropriate, confirm your order and offer oversight.
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Conveniently schedule your appointment online at one of our Quest Diagnostics locations. Certain tests may also offer self-testing home delivery.
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Total Cholesterol: This measures the total amount of cholesterol found in your blood. The cholesterol is bound to low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) as it moves through the blood.
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL): LDL, often called "bad" cholesterol, transports cholesterol throughout your body to the cells that need it. Too much LDL can make cholesterol build up in your arteries, making them narrow and stiff, or blocking them, which makes it more difficult for blood to flow.
High-density lipoprotein (HDL): HDL, which is often called "good" cholesterol, picks up extra cholesterol that is circulating in the blood and takes it back to your liver so it can be removed from your body.
Triglycerides: Triglycerides are fats that are formed from foods such as oils, dairy, and red meat. These fats get converted into triglycerides and are stored away in fat cells to be used when needed. High levels of triglycerides can lead to hardening and thickening of the arteries.
• People age 20 or older who are at low risk for cardiovascular disease should have their cholesterol checked every 5 years
• People with cardiovascular disease risk factors should be checked more frequently
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol levels
• Diabetes mellitus
• High-fat diet
• Sedentary lifestyle
• Tobacco use
Your healthcare provider can help you determine your risk factors for developing heart disease.