The Heart Institute of Venice offers a Cholesterol/Lipid Monitoring Clinic to help manage your cholesterol levels.
Our Cholesterol/Lipid Monitoring Clinic Features:
- Instant results without venipuncture
- Cholesterol levels determined in minutes from only a few drops of blood obtained from a finger-stick
- Immediate face-to-face consultation to discuss results
A Lipid Profile is a detailed measure of the fats in your blood. It consists of measuring your total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and calculating your LDL cholesterol.
NCEP (National Cholesterol Education Program) Guidelines recommend regular cholesterol screening with a Lipid Profile for all adults, as well as children in families with cardiovascular risk factors. Periodic lipid testing determines whether you have met your goals or need for intensive treatment.
NCEP Guidelines recommend a complete lipid profile as the initial test, testing every 6 weeks until lipid goals are met, and testing every 4-6 months thereafter.
Cholesterol is one of several components that form your lipid profile. Total Cholesterol (TC) is a measure of the total amount of both “good” and “bad” cholesterol in your blood at a given time.
- TC is measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). A TC of less then 200 mg/dL is desirable.
Good Cholesterol (HDL)
The “good” cholesterol is called High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. It removes excess cholesterol from your arteries and moves it to the liver for further processing or to be eliminated from the body.
- The higher your HDL, the better. An HDL of 60 mg/dL or higher is beneficial and considered a negative risk factor. An HDL of 40 mg/dL or lower is considered a risk factor for heart disease.
- A TC/HDL Ratio is total cholesterol divided by HDL cholesterol. Some healthcare professionals may use this ratio to assess risk for developing heart disease — lower ratios are associated with lower risk.
Triglycerides (TRG) are composed of fatty acids and glycerol. Like cholesterol, they circulate in your blood, but are stored in body fat and used when the body needs extra energy. While your triglyceride level can be significantly affected by how recently you have eaten, total cholesterol and HDL are only slightly affected.
- After eating, your triglyceride level increases significantly. If your body processes the fat efficiently, the level of triglycerides will decrease naturally. Your fasting triglyceride level should be below 150 mg/dL.
“Bad” Cholesterol (LDL)
The “bad” cholesterol is called Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. It contributes to the buildup of fat deposits in your arteries (atherosclerosis), which can cause decreased blood flow and heart attack.
- About 65% of the cholesterol in your blood is LDL. An LDL of less than 130 mg/dL is desirable. If you have a personal history of coronary heart disease or diabetes, or if you have multiple risk factors, your LDL should be below 100 mg/dL.
Our clinicians will carefully examine the test results of your lipid profile to fully assess your risk for coronary heart disease.
Once cholesterol levels are measured, our staff will discuss actions you can take to help control your cholesterol, including diet, exercise and medication.