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Cholesterol Testing

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.

Find your guide to cholesterol control.