Cholesterol and Triglycerides Tests
Why It Is Done
Cholesterol and triglyceride testing is done:
- As part of a routine physical exam to screen for a Reference lipid disorder Opens New Window.
- To check your response to medicines used to treat lipid disorders.
- To help determine your chances of having of heart disease, especially if you have other risk factors for heart disease or symptoms that suggest heart disease is present.
- If you have unusual symptoms, such as yellow fatty deposits in the skin (xanthomas), which may be caused by a rare genetic disease that causes very high cholesterol levels.
Cholesterol and triglyceride screening
Some health organizations recommend that everyone older than age 20 be checked for high cholesterol.Reference 1 Other organizations recommend cholesterol tests based on age and risk factors for heart disease.Reference 2
Talk to your doctor about when you should get a cholesterol test.
For more information, see Reference When to Have a Cholesterol Test.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference February 1, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference Carl Orringer, MD - Cardiology, Clinical Lipidology