A complete cholesterol test also called a lipid panel or lipid profile is a blood test that can measure the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood.A lipid profile also typically measures triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood. Having a high triglyceride level also can increase your risk of heart disease.
The lipid profile test is a combination of tests conducted together to check for any risks of coronary heart disease, or as a preventive measure to check any risks depending on factors like eating habits, diet, stress, exercise and life-style related. A typical lipid profile includes the following tests:
High density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) – good cholesterol
Low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) – bad cholesterol
LDL/HDL Ratio (calculated values)