What Do I Need to Know About Cholesterol Levels?

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When you visit your doctor for your annual checkup, he or she may order certain routine tests that provide valuable information about your overall health, such as blood cell counts, blood glucose levels and blood cholesterol levels. Also known as a lipid panel, a blood cholesterol test measures the levels of lipids — HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides — in your blood. These readings play a critical role in evaluating heart health and your risk of serious health problems like heart attack and stroke.

When you receive the results of blood tests, all the letters and numbers can look like a form of secret code that seems almost impossible to decipher. It’s important to understand what your results are telling you about your heart and vascular health. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about your cholesterol levels.