Blood tests are used to diagnose lipid disorders. The tests find the levels of:
Bad, good, and total cholesterol
The results are part of a group of factors that are used to find overall heart disease risk. These include:
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: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cholesterol/how-to-get-your-cholesterol-tested. Accessed May 24, 2019.
Last reviewed March 2019 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 5/24/2019
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