See your doctor for a cholesterol test at least every five years. You may need more frequent screening if you have an abnormal test result.
What is it?
A cholesterol test is a blood test that measures the fats (lipids) in your blood. Usually called a lipid panel, this test typically includes total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
A cholesterol test measures the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. High cholesterol increases the risk of heart attack and stroke, often without causing signs or symptoms.