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Also known as: TG; TRIG
Formal name: Triglycerides

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To assess the risk of developing heart disease

When to Get Tested?

As part of a lipid profile during a regular medical exam (at least once every five years for adults; for children, at least once between the ages of 9 and 11 and again between the ages of 17 and 21); more frequently if you have risk factors for heart disease or if you are being treated for high triglycerides

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm or a fingerstick

Test Preparation Needed?

Current standards recommend that testing be done when you are fasting. For 9 to 12 hours before the test, only water is permitted. In addition, alcohol should not be consumed for 24 hours just before the test. Follow any instructions you are given.