Lipid Profile Test
A lipid (lipoprotein) profile is a small group of blood tests used to determine your risk of atherosclerosis, or clogged arteries, which can lead to heart disease.
The lipid profile includes tests for triglycerides, as well as cholesterol.
The lipoproteins are the proteins that enable cholesterol to move through the blood. High density lipoproteins (HDL) are called good cholesterol, because the HDLs transport the cholesterol out of the body. Low density lipoproteins are called bad cholesterol, because they clog the arteries. During a lipid profile test, the doctor will also measure triglycerides, which store most of the body's fat.
Last updated: 27-Jul-08