Lipid Profile


Lipid Profile

A lipid profile, also known as a cholesterol panel or lipid panel, is a blood test that measures various types of fats (lipids) in your blood. This test provides important information about your cardiovascular health. The main components of a lipid profile include:

Total Cholesterol:

This is the total amount of cholesterol in your blood, including both low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.



Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol:

Often referred to as “bad” cholesterol, LDL cholesterol carries cholesterol to the cells. High levels of LDL cholesterol are associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Cholesterol:

Known as “good” cholesterol, HDL cholesterol helps remove LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.


Triglycerides are a type of fat that circulates in the bloodstream. Elevated triglyceride levels are also associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Non-HDL Cholesterol:

This is calculated by subtracting HDL cholesterol from the total cholesterol. It provides a measure of the cholesterol carried by LDL and other lipoproteins associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

A lipid profile is typically conducted after an overnight fast, as it provides a more accurate representation of fasting lipid levels. The results of the test are used to assess an individual’s risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke.

Sample Requirement

Blood Sample Type:

Venous Blood: A venous blood sample is most commonly used for Lipid Profile. It is drawn from a vein, usually in the arm, using a needle and a collection tube.