At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To determine risk of developing heart disease
When to Get Tested?
As part of a regular health exam with a cholesterol test or lipid profile; at least once every five years in adults; children should have a lipid profile screening at least once between the ages of 9 and 11 and then again between the ages of 17 and 21.
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm or from a fingerstick
Test Preparation Needed?
If this test is to be performed as part of a complete lipid profile, fasting for 9-12 hours typically will be required; only water is permitted. Follow any instructions you are given.