Understand Your Test

LDL Cholesterol

Formal Name

 Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol

Why Get Tested?

To determine your risk of developing heart disease; to monitor effectiveness of lipid-lowering therapy.

When To Get Tested?

Screening: as part of a health exam with a lipid profile; every four to six years in adults with no risk factors for heart disease; youth should be tested at least once between the ages of 9 and 11 and once again between the ages of 17 and 21

Monitoring: may be done more frequently and at regular intervals when risk factors for heart disease are present, when prior results showed high risk levels, and/or when undergoing treatment for unhealthy lipid levels.