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High Cholesterol and FH

Why You Should Be Tested for HIGH CHOLESTEROL and FH The Fasting Lipoprotein Profile How does your healthcare provider determine what your cholesterol level is? The most common method PLAY VIDEO for determining that number is the Cholesterol Screening fasting lipoprotein profile. The “fasting” part of the profile means that prior to the blood test, you can Cholesterol Screening video have no food or drink for a period of time beforehand — usually 8 hours. This simple blood test measures total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels to get an overall picture of the presence of cholesterol in your bloodstream. The blood test itself takes only a few minutes. Your healthcare provider will usually go over the results with you in a future office visit or over the phone. Your healthcare provider may also order additional advanced blood tests if your fasting lipoprotein profile doesn’t provide enough information about your overall cholesterol picture. These tests and results may include: 8hrs • Apolipoprotein B (apoB): This test measures the concentration of lipoprotein particles that have an apoB molecule on their surface. The results of an apoB test can help your healthcare provider understand your real cholesterol situation is if your LDL-C number is at your target level, but you have diabetes, insulin resistance or cardiovascular disease. This test does not require fasting beforehand. 6


High Cholesterol and FH
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