Cholesterol and Lipid Panel

Sample Type:
Sample Type
Age: 18+
Collection Method: Visit a Labcorp Location
HSA/FSA Accepted
Short Description

Concerned about your heart health? Measure what matters.


Lipids (also known as fatty substances) can tell you a lot about the state of your overall health. For example, high levels of “bad” or LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol can build up in the walls of your arteries and increase your risk for heart disease; however, high levels of “good” or HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol can actually reduce your risk by removing excess LDL from the body.

This cholesterol and lipids panel measures the fatty substances used in the body as energy that contribute to heart health (including cholesterol and triglycerides) to help assess the risk of heart disease.



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What's Included

Total Cholesterol

A measure of the total sum of cholesterol (LDL, HDL, and VLDL) in the body.

LDL (low-density lipoprotein) Cholesterol

Measures the amount of LDL in the blood, known as the “bad” cholesterol because LDL particles can build up in the walls of your arteries, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.

VLDL Cholesterol

Measures the amount of VLDL in blood, the cholesterol from particles that carry triglycerides in the body that are then converted to LDL. Elevated VLDL levels can increase your risk of heart disease.

HDL Cholesterol

Measures the amount of HDL in the blood, known as "good" cholesterol because it comes from particles that remove "bad "cholesterol from the body, which reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.


Measures the number of triglycerides in the blood, a type of fat that circulates in your blood and comes from adipose, the primary fat stored from food used to supply your energy. High triglyceride levels can increase the risk of heart disease.

Why Consider This Test

Wellness Recommendations
Wellness Recommendations

Most healthy adults should have their cholesterol checked every 4 to 6 years.1

Family History
Family History

Cholesterol tests can be appropriate for a healthy person, especially when there is a family history of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke.1

Prevention Power
Prevention Power

By living a healthy lifestyle, you can lower your risk of heart disease and heart attack. A healthy lifestyle includes:2

  • Eating a healthy diet.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Getting enough physical activity.
  • Not smoking or using other forms of tobacco.
  • Limiting alcohol use.


  1. “Getting Your Cholesterol Checked.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/cholesterol_screening.htm. Last reviewed February 9, 2018.
  2. “Heart Disease Prevention with Healthy Living Habits.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/prevention.htm. Last reviewed August 10, 2015. Last updated August 10, 2015.

Packages With This Test

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Men's Health Blood Test:

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How It Works

1. Choose your tests

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2. Provide Your Sample

Take the requisition number we emailed you, along with a photo ID, to a Labcorp location for sample collection.




3. Access your results online

View your easy-to-read results online in your OnDemand or Labcorp Patient™ accounts, including Linked Accounts (click here for more details). For certain results that require prompt attention, you will also be contacted by PWN health via phone or mail.