Cholesterol and lipid tests
Lipids tests are used to measure the amount of cholesterol and other types of lipids (or fats) in the blood, including LDL (low density lipoprotein), HDL (high density lipoprotein), and triglycerides.
Cholesterol levels are important for understanding your risk of heart disease and can be used for screening or monitoring of people with high cholesterol.
For health professionals
Cholesterol and lipid levels are an important indicator of risk in cardiovascular disease. They should not, however, be done in isolation. Cholesterol and lipid tests should only be performed as part of an absolute CVD risk calculation.
Quality use of medical tests means choosing the right test for the patient and using it at the right time.
NPS MedicineWise has compiled some of the latest evidence on medical tests commonly used in primary care.