Blood tests are used to diagnose lipid disorders. The tests find the levels of:

  • Bad, good, and total cholesterol
  • Triglycerides

The results are part of a group of factors that are used to find overall heart disease risk. These include:

  • Age
  • Weight
  • Gender
  • Lifestyle habits
  • Family and health history of high cholesterol or heart disease

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How to get your cholesterol tested. American Heart Association website. Available at: Accessed May 24, 2019.

Hypercholesterolemia. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: Updated April 16, 2019. Accessed May 24, 2019.

Hypertriglyceridemia. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: Updated November 28, 2018. Accessed May 24, 2019.

Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD  Last Updated: 5/24/2019