Lipid Panel- fasting


  1. Total Cholesterol
  2. HDL
  3. Triglycerides
  4. LDL
  5. VLDL


This test measures the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. These are types of fats that can affect your heart health. This test can help assess your risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke.

Total cholesterol test is done to determine where your cholesterol is high and to help estimate your risk of heart attacks and other forms of cardiovascular disease and diseases of the blood vessels. 

HDL test measures the amount of high-density lipoprotein(good) cholesterol in your blood.

Triglyceride test measures the amount of fat in your blood.

LDL test measures the amount of cholesterol found inside low-density lipoproteins. LDL is known as “bad” cholesterol that can build up in the arteries, increasing your risk of stroke, heart disease and heart attack. 

VLDL test measure the amount of very low-density lipoprotein in your blood, VLDL is a type of blood fat. VLDL is also known as a “bad” cholesterol. 

A patient should be on a stable diet, ideally for 2-3 weeks before blood work. If a patient is fasting, 8 hours is acceptable, 12-14 hours is preferred. Fasting is recommended where the triglyceride value provides prior diagnostic information such as screening for familial hypercholesterolemia or early onset heart disease, pancreatitis, or confirming hypertriglyceridemia.